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Published: Wednesday, 9/15/2010

‘Idol' opens auditions on MySpace

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The first online auditions for American Idol are open.

To mark the Fox TV show's 10th anniversary, hopeful pop stars have the chance to submit an audition video on MySpace through Oct. 6.

Fox said Wednesday the entries must be no longer than 40 seconds and chosen from a list of songs posted online, along with other audition guidelines. A “select number” of people will move on to a tryout in Los Angeles, the network said.

In 2007, American Idol staged its first online contest, this one for songwriters.

The show's next season starts in January and will feature a revamped judging panel. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are the front-runners to join Randy Jackson.

RETAIL TIES

Taylor Swift is the latest act to offer bonus album content to an exclusive retailer.

The country superstar is aligning herself with Target Corp. for the release of her latest album, “Speak Now.” The store will offer fans three additional songs, remixed tunes, and video content when the album is released Oct. 25.

UNLIKELY DUO

For at least one night, Tom Wolfe will share billing with one of the founders of Sesame Street.

The National Book Foundation announced Wednesday that the author of such best-sellers as The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities will receive an honorary National Book Award for lifetime achievement.

The foundation said a special prize for outstanding service to the American literary community also will be given to Joan Ganz Cooney. Cooney's research on television and education helped inspire the beloved children's program Sesame Street.

Nominees for the competitive categories will be announced Oct. 13. The awards ceremony takes place Nov. 17. Humorist Andy Borowitz will be the host.



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