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‘American Idol’ audition bus to park on former Pavilion site next month

The “American Idol” audition bus is pulling into the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion site next month for the area’s aspiring singers.

Myrtle Beach is one of 11 places on the show’s bus tour.

Those hoping to be the next American Idol can begin lining up at 6 a.m. July 17 on the former Pavilion lot, on Ocean Boulevard between Eighth and Ninth avenues North, with auditions taking place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Susan Phillips, with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber and the show’s producers selected the site because it’s near the beach and has ample parking in the garage at the corner of Ninth Avenue North and Kings Highway.

“We’re known as a beach location so we wanted to showcase that and put our best foot forward,” she said. “There’s a chance that they’ll use some [background shots] of the beach. It’s a great thing for the city.”

Phillips said she is expecting about 500 auditioners who will line up on the lot closer to the ocean, and there will be an overflow area on the larger lot across Ocean Boulevard.

“And we’ll probably have some tents out there selling water because I’m sure it’s going to be hot,” she said. “Even though we won’t have any celebrity [judges] here, we’re preparing for there to be about 3,000 people with auditioners and spectators.”

The special event permit for the bus tour is on Tuesday’s Myrtle Beach City Council agenda and expected to be approved at the 2 p.m. meeting.

For more information about auditioning for the show, visit www.AmericanIdol.com.

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