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Festival Idol looking for outstanding youth talent

Is your child the next Festival Idol?

 

Festival Idol is the annual talent competition for children grades K - 12 held during Festival of the Arts. Festival Idol allows young performers the chance to showcase their talent before local judges and a live audience. All forms of entertainment are welcome (singing, dancing, instrumentals, etc.). This year's competition will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 through Friday, April 26 at the Great Lawn Stage. Festival Idol finals will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

 

A selection committee will choose 28 contestants to perform during the first four preliminary nights. One finalist from each night will get to return and perform during the finals where the 2013 "Festival Idol" will be named.

 

Last year's Festival Idol Grand Champion was 16 year-old Jordan Smith. Smith impressed the judges with her renditions of "Love on Top" by Beyonce, and "Daughters" by John Mayer. Since then, Smith has won a local title in the Miss America pageant system, and is currently on a speaking tour in Oklahoma City Public Schools. Other Idol finalists were: Mallory Lawless, 10; Nathaniel Parker, 10; Hallie Hembree, 13; and Joey Watson, 15.  

 

If interested, download an application here. Contestants will need to submit the application along with a demo CD or DVD by March 15. For more information, please call the Arts Council of Oklahoma City at 405-270-4848.

 

Festival of the Arts is produced by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City and presented by Chesapeake Energy and Devon Energy. The 2013 Festival of the Arts will take place April 23-28 in Downtown Oklahoma City at the Festival Plaza and the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The event runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Pets are not allowed. Volunteer co-chairs for Festival of the Arts are Linda Whittington and Daniel Adams.

 

The Arts Council of Oklahoma City is a non-profit 501 c(3) organization dedicated to bringing the arts and the community together through free or low-cost cultural events and a variety of arts outreach activities that impact underserved populations. Each year, Arts Council events, programs and services reach nearly one million residents and visitors to the Oklahoma City community. The Arts Council of Oklahoma City receives funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and is an Allied Arts member agency. The Arts Council of Oklahoma City is sponsored by Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Devon Energy Corporation, MidFirst Bank, The Oklahoman, Ozarka Coffee and Water Service, and Sonic - America's Drive-in. For more information, call 405-270-4848 or visit www.ArtsCouncilOKC.com.

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