by Paula Coughlan
ELBURNâ€”Judges already are reviewing DVDs from singers hoping to win the first place prize of $50 in the 2010 Elburn Idol competition.
The deadline for audition DVD submissions is Friday, Aug. 9.The contest for the finalists will take place at noon on Saturday, Aug. 21, during Elburn Days at Lions Park.
The contest has three divisions: youth, teen and adult, said Michelle Miller of M&M Dance Studios, who coordinates the contest for the Elburn Lions Club. Three judges, including music teachers and vocal coaches, view the DVDs as they come in and choose three finalists for each age category.
â€œWe really would like to encourage singers from all age groups to send in their DVDs,â€ Miller said. â€œWeâ€™ve only averaged eight to 10 entries the last two years and would really like to see upwards of 20 in each age group.â€
The contest is open to everyone, not just Elburn residents.
â€œWe created Elburn Idol so talented singers in the area would have a venue to showcase what they can do,â€ Miller said.
So far, no adults have submitted applications this year or for the past two contests. Miller hopes that changes this year.
â€œThis is a great chance to showcase their talents,â€ Miller said. â€œWe really wish that we could have some adult entrants.â€
The contest winners may choose to sing as the opening acts for Elburn Days bands during the weekend.
Application forms are available on the Elburn Lions website, www.elburnlions.com. A song recording and a clear picture of the applicantâ€™s face is required. Mail to Elburn Days Idol Contest, 213B W. Nebraska, Elburn IL 60119.