Chicago Idol

Windy City Live Kicks Off Chicago Idol; Chicago Songbirds Get Chance To Compete For An American Idol Audition

Friday, September 8, 2017

CHICAGO -- ABC 7's Val Warner, Ryan Chiaverini, Terrell Brown and Idol Alum, Haley Reinhart to Judge Chicago Idol Competition, September 8

WINDY CITY LIVE is kicking off Chicago Idol and calling all phenomenal singers to submit a video for a chance to perform on WCL and win an official Silver Pass to audition for ABC's American Idol, August 16 through August 30. Then, ten finalists will be chosen from submitted entries to perform during a special Chicago Idol edition of Windy City LIVE on September 8th at 1 PM. A panel of judges including WCL co-hosts Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini, ABC 7 Eyewitness News Anchor Terrell Brown and American Idol alum and Wheeling, Illinois native, Haley Reinhart will choose a Grand Prize Winner from the performers. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a Silver Pass guaranteeing him or her an official audition with American Idol Executive Producers in a different city later on this year.

Viewers between the ages of 15 and 28 can be part of the competition by submitting a video. Complete details can be found at The video must consist of one song, or portion of a song, performed a capella, and between 30-60 seconds in length. There's a limit of ONE entry per person.

Video submissions:

For a complete list of competition requirements, go to

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On September 11, ABC 7 Eyewitness News and Windy City LIVE will provide live coverage of AMERICAN IDOL's open auditions here in Chicago.

AMERICAN IDOL is scheduled to debut in the 2017/18 season.

ABC 7's Windy City LIVE airs at 1:00 PM and 12:05 AM weekdays.