MOUNT VERNON — The 2012 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival announces the 7th annual Knox Idol competition. This friendly singing contest showcases some of the leading unknown local talent, and allows the public to determine who is the top musical performer in Knox County.
Performers will sing their hearts out at a chance to win Knox Idol in one of two categories: Youth (ages 14 to 18) and Young Adult (ages 19 to 29). This year’s Young Adult first place receives a $1,000 cash prize, second place $100. The Youth first place award is $200, and second place $50. A preliminary round of auditions for Knox Idol hopefuls will be held Friday, July 20, starting at 7 p.m. at ThePlace@TheWoodward, 111 S. Main St. Contestants will perform a piece of their choice before a panel of qualified judges, who will select a handful of aspiring musical performers who will continue to the next round. As a vocal competition, during the preliminary performances Knox Idol contestants will have the option of accompanying themselves or to use a recorded accompaniment. A cappella performances are discouraged for the auditions, and are prohibited in the final round.
The final competition will take place during the 2012 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, on the First-Knox Main Stage. Contestants will perform before a live audience, which will determine the fate of each contestant. Ballot sets will be available for purchase for those wishing to vote for a $1 donation. All proceeds collected during Knox Idol are donated to the Woodward Opera House restoration project. After the first round in the final competition, contestants will be narrowed down to two per age category; each one is given a final chance to perform. It is then up to the audience to vote one last time to select the overall winner and the runner-up for each age group. Following the Knox Idol competition, the “Final 5” from the Ohio Idol competition will perform at 9 p.m.
Applications with rules and regulations for the Knox Idol competition can be found on the web at www.DanEmmettFestival.org or picked up at Festival Headquarters, 107 S. Main St., Mount Vernon. Applications are due no later than July 20, prior to the audition. For additional assistance, call (740) 392-3378.
Published on July 16, 2012