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August 21, 2013

Milledgeville Idol returns for two-night competition

MILLEDGEVILLE — The latest installment of Milledgeville Idol will be presented on the Russell Auditorium stage this weekend, highlighting local talents all competing for the top prize.

This year's competition will unfold in a new two-night music format.

“Milledgeville Idol is always a great fun event for our community, but we believe the two-night show will make it a weekend event instead of getting it all over with in one quick night,” said Stephanie Westmoreland, Georgia College Continuing Education Program coordinator and producer of this year's show. “There's so much work that goes into the show (by the contestants and the GC staff) that we want to give it the time and attention it deserves. It makes it more like the real show; you find a contestant you like and root for them through the entire process.”

The sixth annual Milledgeville Idol will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Contestants for this year's show were selected through in-person and online auditions held in the spring. To be eligible for the competition, vocalists must be legal residents of Georgia with acceptable identification and be 18 or older. 

The online auditions are a new facet to the competition, Westmoreland said. Online auditions are already being accepted for the 2014 show and can be submitted via the GC Continuing Education website.

This year's theme centers on the music of the Motown era.

“We started listening to all of the music from that era and it is just fun to listen to and there was so much musical talent from that era,” said Westmoreland of the theme. “This is a fun, feel good show and Motown fits the mold for the show so we went with it. We also thought Motown music had a good enough variety that we were sure the contestants could find songs that suited them. We are really excited about their song choices and can't wait for the community to see the talent that we have found.”

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