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Deadline nears for 'Cloquet Idol'

Applications for the first annual Cloquet American Idol singing contest are due Friday, March 23. "We want to encourage people to apply and do it now," said Connie Hyde, assistant principal at Cloquet High School. Applications are available at th...

Applications for the first annual Cloquet American Idol singing contest are due Friday, March 23.

"We want to encourage people to apply and do it now," said Connie Hyde, assistant principal at Cloquet High School.

Applications are available at the Cloquet Community Education office and at the Cloquet high school and elementary school offices.

The completed application, "hold harmless" agreement and $10 entry fee should be turned in at the Community Education office, 504 Carlton Avenue in Cloquet, by Friday, March 23.

The contest will give amateur and aspiring performers in the Cloquet community the chance to showcase their skills for enjoyment and prizes.

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The preliminary competition is on Wednesday, March 28, at 6 p.m. in the Cloquet Middle School Auditorium and contestants should be prepared to sing the song of their choosing.

Depending on the contestant's age, he or she can compete in one of three divisions. The elementary division is for elementary school residents or students in grades K-6. The secondary division is for Cloquet residents or students in grades 7-12. The adult division is for current adult residents of Cloquet.

Once the preliminary contest is over, the finals will take place on Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in the Cloquet Middle School Auditorium. Finalists will sing a new selection for the audience, earning fresh marks from the judges.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place finishers in each division.

A panel of professional judges from the Duluth area will score each contestant on the following criteria: stage presence, pitch, timing, voice control, and appearance.

For more information, contact Connie Hyde at 879-3393, extension 1205.

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