The final “American Idol” audition episode airs Thursday, and the show will feature then the Oklahoma City rounds of auditions, reports my excellent colleague Heather Warlick.
The tryouts took place in July at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, and callbacks happened in October and November at the Oklahoma City Boathouse District.
“American Idol” airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays on Fox.
Following the Oklahoma City auditions, the contestants chosen to move on will go to “Hollywood” where Lythgoe says the show has changed the usual audition procedure.
“We split the weeks up and gave a week to the boys then gave a week to the girls, which really gave us an awful lot more focus on the talent this year,” said Nigel Lythgoe, the show’s executive producer.
At the end of the final “Hollywood Round,” on Feb. 14, only the top 40 contestants – 20 males and 20 females – will remain.
“American Idol” has crowned two winners with Oklahoma ties: Checotah native Carrie Underwood in 2005 and then-Tulsa resident David Cook in 2008.
Here is a preview of the show: