American Idol auditions are virtual this year, but aspiring Western New Yorkers still need to put this date on their calendar to have a shot a ticket to Hollywood.

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Auditions will take place online but American Idol producers have put out a schedule of auditions. They will audition three states at a time; New York's audition date is Sunday August 30. 

WKBW reports 2,000 people from the Western New York area auditioned for the show last year.

Auditions began earlier this month and will run through September 9. But, the show says an Idol hopeful can sign up to audition on any day, regardless of their home location.

Vocalist Just Sam was this past year's American Idol champion. This season featured contestants performing remotely, from their homes, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There's no word yet on if that's how the next season will go -- Idol hopefuls must be eager to be on a big stage sooner than later.

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