Get out your karaoke machines, spruce up your iPod and start running through those old Creedence Americanidoldallas_2 Clearwater Revival, Elton John, Paul McCartney and Carpenters songbooks. "American Idol" audition time is here.

Fox confirmed Thursday that auditions for the 2009 edition of the Show the Stomps All Over Everything Else in Primetime will begin July 17 in San Francisco, at the Cow Palace.

As far as I’m concerned the first few segs of "Idol" culled from the road auditions (pictured here are snapshots from last year’s trials) are the most entertaining. This is America, in all its out-of-tune, out-of-step, out-of-our-minds glory.

Americanidoldallas2The highlight of last year’s auditions had to be the determination of Antoria Gillon, who was nine months pregnant and in labor when she went through her audition in Dallas. She gave birth a few hours after her audition at local hospital to Jamil Labarron Idol McCowan, who will turn 1 on Aug. 7.

All of the official audition info follows after the jump, and more info is available at AmericanIdol.com:

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