To kick off the nationwide search this July to find contestants for the 10th season of American Idol, the show's execs have decided to lower the minimum age requirement to 15.
JSYK was on the phone with Aaron Kelly, who placed fifth last season, and he calls the age change "awesome."
"If you want to pursue music, it's probably the best idea to start when you're young," 17-year-old Aaron tells us. "There are people out there who disagree with me, but look at all the artists out there now who have become really successful -- Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus. They're all young artists who have done really well for themselves. When we are given the chance to shine, we can really make a big thing of it."
We agree with you, Aaron, and so does fellow season nine contestant 17-year-old Katie Stevens. "I waited and waited until I could audition. Sixteen was the perfect age for me, but a lot of people have a maturity level beyond their years when they're 15," Katie tells us.
"There's a lot of talent that's young right now, so I think that American Idol is trying to give other young talent a chance," spills Katie.