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UMFK to be host site for regional "Aroostook Idol" competition

December 31, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will be a host venue for one of three regional competitions designed to find the best singing voice in northern Maine.

On Friday, February 4, vocalists from throughout the St. John Valley who sign up to compete in "Aroostook Idol" will go head to head in UMFK's Fox Auditorium on the University of Maine at Fort Kent campus at 7:00 p.m.

The United Way of Aroostook is conducting the most extensive County-wide search to find the top vocalist in northern Maine, and at the same time looking to raise funds for thousands of less fortunate.

"Aroostook Idol", a search for the County's next singing superstar, will begin with three stage shows/auditions in the northern (St. John Valley), central and southern regions of Aroostook.

The United Way is now looking for interested individuals, age 13 and up, from Allagash to Benedicta who would like to participate in what will be the area's definitive vocal talent search.

Three consecutive weekly performances will take place in February, beginning in Fort Kent at UMFK.

The three stage shows/auditions will determine a winner for each region, who will then participate, along with the top contestants in the other two areas, in a final production that will be held in April to determine the one "Aroostook Idol".

"We are really hoping to get as many Valley vocalists involved in the Fort Kent production as possible. We have so many talented singers in the region," said Jason Parent, of UMFK, who is president of the United Way of Aroostook board of directors this year.

Unlike its televised counterpart "American Idol", "Aroostook Idol" will not be limited to only teenagers and twenty-something year olds. All interested individuals age 13 and older are welcome to participate.

Each of the three County "Idol" competitions in Fort Kent, Presque Isle and Houlton, will be open to the public.

Admission to each production will be $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. All proceeds from funds raised at the door of each event will go directly to the United Way of Aroostook's annual campaign.

Individuals interested in participating in their regional "Aroostook Idol" competition are encouraged to pick up an application form at any Key Bank branch in Aroostook County.

The application can also be found on-line at the United Way of Aroostook's website at www.unitedwayaroostook.org.

The deadline for applications to be returned to the United Way of Aroostook is Friday, January 21, 2005.

Following the Fort Kent production, the second "Idol" semi-final stage show will be held at the Houlton High School Auditorium on Friday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m.

A week later, residents of Central Aroostook will participate in that region's "Aroostook Idol" semi-final competition on Friday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wieden Auditorium on the University of Maine at Presque Isle campus.

A televised finale, featuring all three of the regional winners and a County-wide call in vote, is planned for April.

For more information on the "Aroostook Idol" competition, contact the United Way of Aroostook at (207) 764-5197.