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Fox Accepting ‘American Idol’ Auditions on MySpace

Aspiring contestants invited to audition for 10th season via News Corp. social network

The live audition tour for the 10th season of “American Idol” is almost complete — with Los Angeles-area contestants invited to the Forum next week — but Fox is offering aspiring contestants the chance to audition online, too.

And, in a fit of corporate synergy, the News Corp.-owned network is using MySpace, its troubled social network, to host them.

Online entries must be no longer than 40 seconds, Fox said. From the online pool, a "select number" will be invited to Los Angeles to perform in front of the "Idol" crew.

Ryan Seacrest greets visitors to MySpace.com/AmericanIdol with a video message. “All you need is an Internet connection and a webcam,” Seacrest says. “And if you have what it takes, you could be on your way to singing in front of the judges.”

And just who will those judges be? According to multiple — and as yet unconfirmed — reports, Jennifer Lopez has signed a $12 million, one-year deal to be a judge on the show. Earlier reports had Aerosmith's Steven Tyler nabbing a coveted seat on judges' row.

The online auditions are open for the next three weeks, according to the site. The site will stop accepting online entries on October 6.