2017 Southern Vermont Idol call for auditions

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BELLOWS FALLS — The 2017 Southern Vermont Idol event will be held on the main stage of the Bellows Falls Opera House in downtown Bellows Falls..

"I couldn't be more thrilled," said MacNeil. "This is the 13th year I've produced the event, our second year in Bellows Falls and we are finally able to offer a real stage to our performers in the beautiful 550-seat Opera House! Being in front of an audience in this setting really enhances the experience for our contestants and audience alike. A larger stage means that singers can accompany themselves on guitar or keyboard this year as well, something I've always wanted to do but wasn't able to until now."

Two audition dates have been set in the lower theatre of the Opera House for both youth (ages 6 to 12) and adult (13 and over) contestants; Thursday, June 15 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 17 at noon . Performers should be prepared to sing a full song and can bring their own CD, email an MP3 music file in advance to susan@svidol.com or perform acapella. This year, singers will be allowed to accompany themselves on guitar or keyboard during the event.

Adult audition fee is $30 per audition, and youth is $10 per audition. If auditioning twice, the higher score will be considered. Register at the door or online at southernvermontidol.com. Contestants registered in advance will perform first before walk-in performers.

The five-week elimination round event will be held on July 6, 13, 23, 30 and Aug. 4. Youth contestants join in weeks three and four. The 2016 winners, Izzy Serebrov in the adult category and Christo Buckley in the youth category, will not be eligible to compete in 2017. The adult grand prize remains $1500 cash and a day in the Guilford Sound recording studio. Returning as Emcee is Wade "The Great" Garrett.

For more information, watch for social media posts on Facebook, visit southernvermontidol.com, email susan@svidol.com or call 603-313-0052.

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