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updated: 2/10/2012 11:31 AM

Singers to vie for Schaumburg Idol title

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It's time for Schaumburg-area residents to start tuning up their vocal chords to prove themselves the No. 1 voice in the village.

The Schaumburg Park District will hold auditions for the 2012 season of its "Schaumburg Idol" singing competition on March 8 and 10.

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Twelve contestants will be chosen to compete for eight spots, which will then be narrowed down to four, then two and finally one Schaumburg Idol.

The contestants will advance according to the highest scores from a panel of judges and a communitywide vote. Prizes will be awarded to the winner.

"'Schaumburg Idol' will give a dozen area singers an opportunity to step onstage and dazzle us with their voices," said Beth Waller, the park district's cultural arts supervisor. "The community will have the chance to vote for their favorite contestant on the park district's website this summer."

To be eligible, contestants must be age 13 or older and not party to any performance contract.

Interested individuals must register through the Schaumburg Park District online at parkfun.com, or at one of the district's facilities.

Once registered, contestants will be contacted to set up an audition time. They must perform a one-minute selection from a song of their choice.

Performances may be a cappella or accompanied by a cassette or CD provided by the contestant, but no rap songs or inappropriate language is permitted.

Competition tapings will be held from June to August.

The audition fee is $5 for Schaumburg Park District residents and $8 for nonresidents. The fees for those chosen to compete is $35 for residents and $57 for nonresidents.

For more information, call (847) 490-7015 or visit parkfun.com.

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