MOUNT VERNON — Auditions for the 13th Annual Knox Idol competition will be held on Aug. 3.
Auditions will begin at 7 p.m. in the Mount Vernon High School theater. Singers ages 14-29 are invited to sing their hearts out for a chance to compete in the Knox Idol competition, held during the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival.
The Knox Idol competition showcases some of the leading vocal talent from Knox County. During auditions, contestants will perform a piece of their choice before a panel of qualified judges, who will select a handful of aspiring musical performers to continue on to the next round. During auditions, Knox Idol contestants will have the option of accompanying themselves or using a recorded accompaniment for this vocal competition. A cappella performances are discouraged for auditions, and are prohibited in the final round.
Performers will compete in one of two categories: Youth (ages 14-18) and Young Adult (ages 19-29). Four finalists will be chosen for each category. This year’s Young Adult first place receives a $1,000 cash prize, second place $100. The Youth first place award is $200, second place $50.
Back by popular demand is a two-night Knox Idol competition. The semi-final round will take place at the festival at 7:30 p.m., Aug, 9, on the First-Knox South Stage. The final round will take place at 9 p.m., Aug. 10, on the First-Knox Main Stage on the Square. Contestants will perform before a live audience during both rounds of the competition, who will determine the fate of each contestant. Ballot sets will be available for a $1 donation for those wishing to vote. All proceeds collected during Knox Idol will be donated to the Woodward Opera House restoration project, scheduled to be complete in October of this year.
Applications with rules and regulations for the Knox Idol competition can be found on the web at www.DanEmmettFestival.org or by request through phone or email. Applications are due no later than noon the day of the audition. To hand deliver applications, place them in the mailbox outside 107 S. Main Street, Mount Vernon. For additional assistance, call 740-392-3378.