american idol logoFor a second time in its run, Fox’s American Idol is expanding its eligibility age range. After stretching the upper age limit from 24 to 28 after the first 3 seasons, the Fox talent competition is now lowering the minimum age required from 16 to 15. Clearly, this is tied to the enormous popularity of younger singers like Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus and to the importance of younger teen and tween girls who are a powerful Idol demographic and have gotten behind younger contestants like David Archuleta and Aaron Kelly in the past. Additionally, despite talk that Idol may move back auditions this year, in part to accommodate its own talent search for a new judger to replace Simon Cowell, Fox’s announcement this morning said auditions will kick off July 17 in Nashville, TN.