FARGO — For the first time, the "American Idol" singing competition is holding live virtual auditions in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and the dates are set for North Dakota and Minnesota.

The show kicked off an "Idol Across America" remote audition series Monday, Aug. 10, and has set the dates for hopefuls to try to impress an "American Idol" producer through the virtual Zoom platform for a shot of getting picked for the next season of the competition on ABC.

North Dakota, along with South Dakota, Nebraska and Texas, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22. Minnesota, along with Illinois and Indiana, will audition on Friday, Aug. 28. Other sets of states are slated to audition between now and Sept. 9.

According to the show, would-be contestants must be between 15 and 28 years old and may audition on any "Idol Across America" date regardless of their location.

A website with more information about the process, abc.com/shows/american-idol/auditions, includes a link to reserve an audition date and time.