Get your voice pipes in working order. From the postings on Mudville Gazette and other milblogs there seems to be quite a few singer/musicians out there among the troops.
During the first round of "Military Idol" installation-level competition, contestants must sing without musical accompaniment. Three judges, who may include garrison commanders, command sergeants major and local celebrities, will narrow the field of talent.
In the second round of local competition, judges and audiences will determine who advances. Spectators will submit written ballots after the performers are finished and judges have completed their critiques. The audience vote and judges' vote each will count 50 percent in determining who advances.
Installation-level prizes for the winner at each participating location include $500 and temporary duty costs covered by USACFSC to compete in the Armywide finals. The winning vocalist's unit also will receive $500. Second-place contestants will receive $250, and third-place performers will receive $100.
Army wide finals prizes include $1,000 to the winner, who Hurtado hopes will become an ambassador for Army entertainment. "If they can represent the Army in a positive way with something that's exceptional, it just reflects on the Army as a whole," he said.
During the finals, which are scheduled for a live, 90-minute telecast on the Pentagon Channel, the runner-up will receive $500 and the third-place performer will receive $250.
Complete rules of the contest are available at the competition's Web site.
DefenseLINK News: 'Military Idol' Competition Begins on Army Installations
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