Auditions for the fourth season of the Fox series "American Idol" will take place across two months beginning Aug. 4 in Cleveland.

Auditions for the fourth season of the Fox series "American Idol" will take place across two months beginning Aug. 4 in Cleveland. Auditions will be held in eight U.S. cities, including Las Vegas and Anchorage, Alaska. The show will return to the airwaves in January.

The first audition will be held at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Sites for the remaining tryouts have not yet been announced.

Hopefuls will sing a song of their choosing a cappella for preliminary judges, and may be asked to sing two if they make it through to the next round of auditions. Details, rules and participant forms are available on the "Idol" Web site

The rules for the upcoming season have been altered slightly, with the maximum age of a contestant raised two years to 28. The minimum age of eligibility remains at 16.

At 16, Diana DeGarmo and John Stevens were the show's youngest contestants during its third season, which wrapped in May. DeGarmo, now 17, finished the competition as runner-up to winner Fantasia.

Fox Broadcasting Co. entertainment president Gail Berman told journalists yesterday during the annual Television Critics Association press tour that some minor changes will be made to the "Idol" format for the upcoming season, but declined to reveal specifics, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The show's voting system, which has periodically drawn complaints that viewers can't get through on the phone lines, as well as accusations of racism, will not be changed, according to Berman.

Earlier this week, the third season finalists kicked off a 52-date U.S. tour that will wrap Sept. 28-30 in Honolulu. As previously reported, first season finalist Tamyra Gray is also participating in most dates on the tour.

Here is the "American Idol" audition schedule:

Aug. 4: Cleveland
Aug. 18: Washington, D.C.
Aug. 26: Orlando, Fla.
Aug. 31: New Orleans
Sept. 12: Las Vegas
Sept. 28: Anchorage, Alaska
Oct. 5: San Francisco
TBD: St. Louis

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