American Idol + CMA Awards Join Forces To Find The Next Singing Sensation!

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With American Idol’s return and the new season beginning shortly, the iconic TV show has teamed up with The 52nd CMA Awards to let America choose one lucky singer straight through to Season 2 ahead of American Idol’s season premiere.

Do you think you’ve got what it takes? Anyone can submit their own audition covering one of the songs listed below now through October 14th for a chance to snag that coveted Season 2 spot. All you have to do is post a video of yourself singing one of the songs on Instagram and use the official hashtag #IdolCMAContest. Upon conclusion of the submission window on October 14th, the three lucky finalists will be selected by “American Idol” executive producers and will fly to Nashville in November, where they will record a country cover. That performance will then be shown during the broadcast of “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards,” after which viewers will have the opportunity to vote their favorite singer through to Hollywood by visiting

The winner will be announced live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on FRIDAY, NOV. 16.
To enter on Instagram, you must be at least 15 years old and otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for “American Idol.” Please visit american-idol/rules for official contest rules, including full details on eligibility requirements, how to enter, prize descriptions and limitations. No purchase is necessary to enter.

#IdolCMAContest cover songs include the following:
“Cry Pretty” by Carrie Underwood
“Different for Girls” by Dierks Bentley
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Keith Urban
“Love Me Like You Mean it” by Kelsea Ballerini
“Beautiful Crazy” by Luke Combs
“My Church” by Maren Morris
“Tin Man” by Miranda Lambert
“Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett

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