Idol Drops Age Limit to 15
Competition reacts to young YouTube stars
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2010 11:38 AM CDT
"American Idol" hopefuls react to the camera as they wait in line for auditions to begin at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, June 14, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)

(Newser) – Perhaps inspired by Justin Bieber, who hit it big at the sweet young age of 15, American Idol will lower its eligibility age to that magical age for season 10. “A lot of young, talented people are now seeking careers and representation before they turn 16,” an executive producer says. The previous age limits were 16 to 28, reports USA Today, which notes that in seasons past, teen contestants were usually eliminated by the time the competition got to the Top Four.