Originally created 10/15/02

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'American Idol 2' sets auditions

Would-be singers hoping to follow in the footsteps of American Idol Kelly Clarkson will have their chance soon.

Fox has set audition dates in seven cities for the second Idol competition. The show will stop in several towns known for the music they produce, including Oct. 27 in Atlanta.

As with the first competition, auditioners must be between the ages of 16 and 24 as of Saturday, and have documentation to prove it. Contestants younger than 18 have to be accompanied by a legal guardian. Anyone who already has an agent or who made the top 30 on the first American Idol is ineligible.

Auditioners will sing one song a cappella from a list provided by the show's staff. Participants should be prepared to stay in the audition city for five days in case they get a call-back.

Would-be contestants should also be prepared to deal with withering assessments of their talent, or lack thereof, from judge Simon Cowell.

Complete rules and more information about auditions are available at www.idolonfox.com. Here's a list of the audition cities:

Detroit: 8 a.m. Monday, Atheneum Suites Hotel, 400 Monroe St.

New York: 8 a.m. Oct. 24, Regent Wall Street Hotel, 48 Wall St.

Atlanta: 10 a.m. Oct. 27, America's Mart, Harris Street entrance

Nashville, Tenn.: 8 a.m. Oct. 30, location TBA

Miami: 8 a.m. Nov. 2, Fontainebleau Hilton, on beach boardwalk

Austin, Texas: 8 a.m. Nov. 6, Doubletree Hotel, ballroom entrance

Los Angeles: 10 a.m. Nov. 17, location TBA

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