Portland is weird. This is nothing new.

We’re both anti-consumerist and one of the most trend-setting (and trend-adopting) cities in the country, if not the world.

We have an attention-seeking population the size of a small country, willing to perform the most inane human party tricks just to have someone look at them (ever seen our unicycle-riding Star Wars-loving bagpipe player?).

So, when American Idol announced its surprisingly-early return this fall (the gods rewarded us with its cancellation a season ago, but, what the gods giveth, they also taketh away), we suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that Portland is the kickoff audition city on Thursday, August 17, 2017.

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If you’ve continued reading this far, we’re guessing you might actually want to audition for American Idol, or, at the very least, run by the audition site to check out some of the insanity that will undoubtedly be taking place.

So, here are the details: American Idol will be holding auditions Thursday, August 17 beginning at 9 a.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square located at 701 SW Sixth Avenue.

For the rest of us, try to avoid Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Do you have a great reality-show audition story? Leave it in the comments!

Source: ‘American Idol’ Portland auditions 2017: What you need to know