American Juniors premiered on FOX on June 3, 2003. The search is on to find the country's best singers and dancers ages 6-13 who will ultimately comprise a five-member group. Talent searches took place in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Chattanooga. Thousands of kids, along with their fanatical parents, weathered wind, rain and impending tornadoes for a chance at stardom. During the auditions, producers evaluated each contestant's singing and dancing abilities, and, as part of the show's production, will whittle down the group of thousands to 20 semi-finalists. At this point America takes over and votes for ten finalists. Each of these contestants will perform individually in a Tuesday night performance episode. The home audience will then vote weekly for their favorite contestant. Results of the vote will be revealed during Wednesday night's show. Each week, the performer with the largest number of votes will advance into the final group of five. This final five will become a new performing sensation.