Well before 9 a.m. this morning, people started lining up at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common — not for a march or a free concert or one of those right-wing “Free Speech” rallies, but instead to try out for American Idol.

The show, which supposedly concluded in 2016 for its fifteenth and final season, will be back in 2018, and has been hosting auditions throughout August and September to find the next pop star. The auditions kicked off last month in Oregon and Florida, and now towards the tail end of the audition tour, American Idol is hosting auditions today (September 8) at Boston Common.

AI hopefuls have already started to tweet pictures of the trademark American Idol bus, while Bostonians who aren’t in town for the reality TV show are feeling a slog in traffic from the crowds.

According to WCVB, auditions are only until 5 p.m. today, so if you’re not in line now, you might want to consider hopping on the Green Line ASAP.

More than a few New Englanders have graced the American Idol stage over the years, including Fall River’s Jillian Jensen (Season 13), Barnstable’s Siobhan Magnus (Season 9), and New Hampshire native Alex Preston (Season 13).

Perhaps the newest entry is on the Common right now.

Featured Parkman Bandstand / Boston Common photos via Wiki Commons.

 

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