Warm up your vocal cords Mainers, “American Idol” is coming to Portland.

The FOX network show’s “Audition Bus Tour” will be at the Maine State Pier, off Commercial Street, on July 9.

Auditions for contestants are scheduled to be held between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and people are encouraged to show up as close to 9 a.m. as possible.

Auditions are scheduled to take place rain or shine. People are asked to bring two forms of identification to show proof of age.

The FOX singing contest show awards a recording contract to its winner each season. The new season of the show starts in January.

For more information on the auditions and what potential contestants need to do and bring, click here.

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