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4-H partners with ‘American Idol’ for exclusive virtual audition day


On Friday, Sept. 24, the singing competition American Idol will host a dedicated, virtual audition day with 4-H to help find contestants for the show’s 20th season, taking place in spring 2022. Through this collaboration with American Idol and the National 4-H Council, 4-H singers nationwide will audition over Zoom for a chance to become America’s next singing sensation.

Last season, Georgia 4-H alumnus Willie Spence was chosen the runner-up on American Idol after delivering multiple powerful performances and wowing judges week after week. Hailing from Douglas, Georgia, Willie joined 4-H at age 13 and became a breakout star of the 4-H performing arts group Clovers & Co.

“Competing on American Idol was a life-changing experience that kick started my career in the entertainment industry,” Spence has said. “There are so many impressive 4-H’ers who share my passion for music and performance. My message to all of them is to get out there and sing their hearts out at these auditions!”

To register for the 4-H Audition Day, visit this website. Registration is open now and closes at 3 p.m. EST Sept. 24. Full details on eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions are available on the American Idol auditions website.

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, empowers nearly 6 million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4-H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and its programs serve every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3,000 local Extension offices.

“We are so excited to collaborate with our friends at American Idol to create this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 4-H youth,” said Ivan Heredia with the National 4-H Council. “This unique experience gives our incredible 4-H’ers the platform to showcase their talents and is an example of the many ways Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program empowers young people to find their spark and pursue their passions.”

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