'American Idol' Lowers Age Limit to 15: Let the Bieber Search Begin
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Following the announcement of the audition cities for American Idol season 10, a new rule change has been added.  The age requirement for auditions, previously 16-28, has been lowered by one year, so now 15-year-olds will have the chance to become the next American Idol.

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This seems a bit like trying to save a person's life by shooting them in the head.  The biggest problem with American Idol isn't the lack of immature tweens and allowing 15-year-olds into the competition only serves to empower them more.  Right now the musical world is at the mercy of this target demo thanks to Canadian mop-head Justin Bieber, and this move might as well be called the Bieber Rule.

It's clear American Idol has given up hopes of becoming a mature show trying to find the best singer.  By lowering the age limit, the show is openly admitting that the only people who matter are tweens and that their voice will be heard.  Right now they already power vote in droves, allowing blandly handsome guitarists to win over vocally superior singer/songwriters.  Letting younger, would-be Biebers into the mix will only make that problem even bigger.

I don't want to sound like an old coot, but letting more of these young whippersnappers onto American Idol is the opposite of what the show needs to do.  If anything, they should've raised the limit to 18 to avoid having immature voices still trying to grow.

But we live in the world of Bieber and Twitter, a world where a 14-year-old girl can wield more power than a CEO and where more people know Justin Bieber than Joe Biden.

I shouldn't be surprised that the age limit was lowered on American Idol.  I should be surprised that the maximum age wasn't lower as well.

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