Music fans should be sure to get to the West Stage early Thursday night where the Yolo County Fair hosts its most popular event – the “Yolo Idol Search” Contest beginning at 7:30 p.m., Thursday.
The contest is believed to have a fan-base of nearly 1,000, who enthusiastically cheer on the contestants.
Now in its eighth year, the event attracts Yolo County’s most vocally talented, with a total prize potential of $400.
“Each and every year I continue to be amazed and delighted at the talent we have right here in Yolo County,” said Yolo County Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg, who will Emcee the event for the fifth year in a row. “This show is always great entertainment.”
“Yolo Idol Search” is for solo singers only and is a Karaoke competition. Each contestant must be prepared with two songs, because the winner will be expected to perform an encore. Each contestant must provide instrumental accompaniment with their application for both songs on CD. No live musical instruments or voices, including backing vocals, are allowed.
Open to singers in Yolo County, the first 20 people to submit an application will be guaranteed a performance spot. Later applicants will be placed on a waiting list in the order their applications are received.
Participants will be judged by a panel on vocal quality, performance quality, stage presence, appropriateness of the song selection, and appearance.
“There are many vocally talented people in Yolo County, and we want to showcase their talents at the Yolo County Fair,” said Yolo County Fair CEO Rita Moore.
While there is no entry fee, there is prize money to be had. First place will win $250; second will receive $100 and third $50.
Fans will have a great time enjoying the contest as they speculate with anticipation to whom 2010 winner Cristina Pellegiro will pass on her crown. The then-16 year old earned her title with her rendition of Barbra Streisand’s “Don’t Rain on My Parade.”
Pellegiro joins a growing list of talented winners, and participants, alike. The first “Yolo Idol Search” winner was Christine Trono in 2004, a then-nine year old from Woodland.
She was followed in 2005 by West Sacramento’s Alincia Vela for “I Will Survive.” Vela went on to compete and win the “Northern California Idol Search” the same year, winning a $2,500 purse. She continues to play in a multilingual band, “Alincia and the Bandevelas,” led by her father, Junior.
Katelyn Hill of Winters, then 17, won in 2006 with Aretha Franklin’s classic, “Chain of Fools,” followed by Woodlander Angel Alvarez in 2007 for Elvis’s “Teddy Bear.”
Bri Wilson took the crown in 2008 with her delivery of Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why,” 2009 victor Kayla Sheehan scored with “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables,” and of course the reigning “Idol,” Cristina Pellegiro will pass on her crown this year.