Season 8 of American Idol is back in full swing with the 2009 auditions leading off the new episodes. Having breezed through Phoenix, AZ and Kansas City, MO, Simon, Randy, Paula, and the brand new Idol judge, Kara DioGuardi, the panel of judges are ready to for the remaining cities: East Rutherford, NJ, Jacksonville, FL, Louisville, KY, Salt Lake City, UT, San Francisco, CA and San Juan, PR.

After the auditions phase, the 2009 Idol season schedule will be:

  • Top 36 Semi-Finalists Revealed Wednesday, February 11.
  • Voting Begins Tuesday, February 17.
  • Top 12 Singers Revealed After Judges’ Wild Card Round Thursday, March 5.
  • Top 12 Finalists Perform for First Time Tuesday, March 10.

Can the other cities match Arizona’s Katrina Darrell, “Bikini Girl”, or Kansas City’s Casey Carlson? Here are a few pics from Carlson’s work with “Campus Girls USA” which sells calendars and donates the proceeds to breast cancer research.

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Update: Not everyone was a Darrell or Carlson fan. Who was your top pick from the first week of auditions? Discuss below in the comments.

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