Chevy Chase, MD, September 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Calling all 4-H singers! On Thursday, October 6, ABC’s award-winning American Idol singing competition is once again hosting a virtual audition day with 4-H, the nation’s largest youth empowerment organization. Now in its second year, 4-H Audition Day offers 4-H singers across the country the opportunity to showcase their talent for a chance to become the next American Idol.

4‑H’s mission is to empower all young people – regardless of their background – to find their spark and pursue their passions. Through mentoring and diverse programs in the performing arts, agriculture, STEM, civic engagement and more, Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program seeks to fill the opportunity gap facing America’s children.

4-H performing arts programs provide an inclusive, supportive environment for young people to hone their craft and build their confidence. Country music stars Jennifer Nettles and Callista Clark, as well as “American Idol” season 19 runner-up Willie Spence, have all found success thanks to 4-H performing arts programs. Other notable 4-H alumni in the entertainment industry include American Idol judge Luke Bryan, Dolly Parton, and Julia Roberts.

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“We’re thrilled to be collaborating again with American Idol to open doors for 4-H people in their music careers,” said Ivan Heredia, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, National 4-H Council. “This dedicated audition day is in line with our commitment to providing opportunities for young people and preparing them for future careers. We can’t wait for our talented four-legged friends to share their talents with the producers.”

To register for the 4-H Audition Day, visit Registration opened on Monday, September 19 at 9:00 am EST and will close on Thursday, October 6 at 3:00 pm EST. For complete details on eligibility requirements, submission forms and terms and conditions, visit

American Idol is produced by Fremantle and 19 Entertainment, part of Sony Pictures Television. Executive producers include Megan Wolflick, who also serves as showrunner, and Fremantle’s Jennifer Mullin, with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman serving as executive producers for 19 Entertainment. Fremantle distributes the series worldwide.

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4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, trains confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for tomorrow’s careers. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people in the United States through experiences that develop important life skills. 4-H is the youth development program of our state’s Cooperative Extension System and the USDA, serving every county and community in the United States through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3000 local Extension offices. Globally, 4-H works with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries. The research-backed 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; twice more likely to make healthier choices; twice as likely to be civic active; and twice as likely to participate in STEM programs. Learn more about 4‑H at and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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“American Idol,” the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, will return for another season on ABC. Music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie help decide who America will ultimately vote to become the next singing sensation. Emmy®-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest will return as host of the popular competition series.

Last season, ABC’s “American Idol” was the No. 1 show in its two-hour period among adults 18 to 49 for the third straight year. Additionally, last season’s “American Idol” was in the top 3 unscripted series in adults 18-49 (#3 tie).

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Julia Majors National 4-H Council [email protected] Michaela Zukowski ABC Media Relations [email protected] Emma Harvey Fremantle Publicity [email protected] Ron Del Rio Fremantle Publicity [email protected] Hans-Dieter Kopal 19 Entertainment Advertisement [email protected]

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