Young singers of four counties to compete in ‘Idol’ contest

From Staff Reports

Aug 6, 2007 -Young singers from Hunt, Lamar, Delta and Hopkins counties will have a chance to compete in a contest styled after television's "American Idol."

Finalists will perform Saturday, October 13, on the outdoor stage at Cooper Lake Center before judges and an audience that gets a say in the outcome. The event is sponsored by the South Sulphur Regional Dvelopement Association, the developers of Cooper Lake Center.

"We're calling it 'Stars Under the Stars,'" said Jim Butler of Sulphur Springs, SSRDA vice president for Hopkins County. "There's an inevitable resemblance to the 'American Idol' format, but we and the Idol folks are not connected in any way."

Butler said information sheets about the contest may be picked up at any chamber of commerce in the four-county area.

Competitors will be grouped in age divisions: 9 to 12, 13 to 16, or 17 to 19, depending on their ages as of October 13. Winners will be named in each age division, and a Best of Show, regardless of age, will also be chosen. 

An application, including the signature of a parent or guardian, must be submitted to one of the chamber offices or mailed to SSRDA no later than Sept. 21, Butler said. The fee, if submitted no later than August 31, is $10; if submitted after that date, it's $15.

"We know these counties have many talented young singers," Butler said, "because over the years a significant number have gone on to singing careers. Stars Under the Stars wil be a chance for the hometown crowd to see and hear them — even vote for them."

Butler explained that, in addition to the scoring by a panel of judges, members of the audience may buy votes for their favorites that will be counted for up to 20 percent of their scores.

Votes by the audience will also be permitted at the second of two auditions on Oct. 6. Audience voting will not be permitted at the first audition, on Sept. 29. Both auditions will be conducted at Cooper High School. Maps giving driving directions will be available at the chambers of commerce.

At the first audition, Butler said, singers will perform without accompaniment. At the second audition, each singer is to bring a recorded accompaniment, tape or CD, limited to three minutes. There must be no voices on the recording — just instrumental accompaniment.

The same recordings will be used at the final performance on Oct. 13, Butler said.

� Information provided by SSRDA

Young singers from Hunt, Lamar, Delta and Hopkins counties will have a chance to compete in a contest styled after television's "American Idol."

Finalists will perform Saturday, October 13, on the outdoor stage at Cooper Lake Center before judges and an audience that gets a say in the outcome. The event is sponsored by the South Sulphur Regional Dvelopement Association, the developers of Cooper Lake Center.

"We're calling it 'Stars Under the Stars,'" said Jim Butler of Sulphur Springs, SSRDA vice president for Hopkins County. "There's an inevitable resemblance to the 'American Idol' format, but we and the Idol folks are not connected in any way."

Butler said information sheets about the contest may be picked up at any chamber of commerce in the four-county area.

Competitors will be grouped in age divisions: 9 to 12, 13 to 16, or 17 to 19, depending on their ages as of October 13. Winners will be named in each age division, and a Best of Show, regardless of age, will also be chosen. 

An application, including the signature of a parent or guardian, must be submitted to one of the chamber offices or mailed to SSRDA no later than Sept. 21, Butler said. The fee, if submitted no later than August 31, is $10; if submitted after that date, it's $15.

"We know these counties have many talented young singers," Butler said, "because over the years a significant number have gone on to singing careers. Stars Under the Stars wil be a chance for the hometown crowd to see and hear them — even vote for them."

Butler explained that, in addition to the scoring by a panel of judges, members of the audience may buy votes for their favorites that will be counted for up to 20 percent of their scores.

Votes by the audience will also be permitted at the second of two auditions on Oct. 6. Audience voting will not be permitted at the first audition, on Sept. 29. Both auditions will be conducted at Cooper High School. Maps giving driving directions will be available at the chambers of commerce.

At the first audition, Butler said, singers will perform without accompaniment. At the second audition, each singer is to bring a recorded accompaniment, tape or CD, limited to three minutes. There must be no voices on the recording — just instrumental accompaniment.

The same recordings will be used at the final performance on Oct. 13, Butler said.

� Information provided by SSRDA

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