A number of American Idol alumni are set to pass on their knowledge and experience while being contestants of the reality show. Serving as mentors this year on Idol Camp are fourth season runner-up Bo Bice, fifth season finalists Paris Bennett and Ace Young as well as season 3 finalist Jon Peter Lewis. The last two are particularly not new to the camp for they have been mentors in last year's batch.
As many as 150 Idol hopefuls that are comprised of kids between 10 to 15 years old will participate in this Idol Camp that runs in two-weeks segments starting June 15 and ending August 23. The program launched as part of the Fox TV show has moved from last year's venue in Massachusetts to West Coast's San Bernardino mountains.
Apart from the four aforementioned mentors there will also be Season 2's Kimberly Caldwell and Season 4's Anthony Federov. "This is everything we could've hoped for when we launched Idol Camp last year," FremantleMedia Enterprises Vice President Shannon Pruitt said. "Seeing the camp in session and the way the kids responded really showed everyone here that this was something that could only get bigger and we're making sure the 2008 season is just that."
Application has been opened and will be closed on April 18. It does not require audition but parents should take notice that being admitted to the camp does not mean that they are guaranteed a place in the actual show or will they get inside tips on how to get through the audition. Application can be submitted on IdolCamp.com.