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‘American Idol’ Brings Back ‘Nominate an Idol’ Auditions

In a continued effort to stand out from NBC competitor ”The Voice,“ the Fox reality competition will surprise select nominated candidates to give the singers their chance to be the next Kelly Clarkson

Have a friend or family member that should be on “American Idol,” but is too humble to showcase their talent on national television? Nominate them yourself.

Fox announced on Thursday that the hit reality competition is once again expanding audition opportunities by bringing back “Nominate an Idol,” which allows viewers to nominate performers for a shot at the talent competition’s big title. The “Nominate an Idol” initiative — which first debuted on Season 12 — will be accepting admissions until Sept. 20.

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Individuals can secretly nominate a person of their choosing by submitting the appropriate forms and video or URL of their “nominee” singing solo and a cappella. Just make sure the person being nominated isn’t prone to heart attacks, because chosen candidates may be surprised on location by a film crew when given the chance to advance to the next round of auditions.

Season 13 of “Idol” returns in January with Ryan Seacrest continuing his hosting duties, while new judge Harry Connick, Jr. joins Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban, along with in-house mentor Randy Jackson.