Fourth of July Committee hosts ‘Rockford Idol’

Contest features three sets of auditions at Krypto Music Lounge; winner gets recording time at Inflight Productions

Attention all singers and fans of American Idol, this year Rockford will be giving one person the chance to be known as the “Rockford Idol.”

The Rockford Idol contest will be put on by the Fourth of July Committee to raise funds for this year’s celebration. The committee is hoping to make this an annual event.

Each year, the downtown Fourth of July celebration costs around $73,000, much of which is raised through fund-raising efforts.

Joe Marino, public relations director for Project First Rate, said Rockford Idol will help cover that cost, but will also give “people in our community the opportunity to showcase their talents.”

The contest will include three sets of auditions at Krypto Music Lounge, 308 W. State St., where the contestants will be judged by a panel of three local musicians.

For the auditions, contestants may sing a cappella or bring an instrumental background music CD.

The five best vocalists at each audition will move on to the next round, and then compete against each other for the top five spots. Contestants who advance may choose another song to sing, or may sing the same one over.

The top five contestants will perform individually with a live band for the win at Davis Park right before the Fourth of July fireworks show. The winner will then give an encore later that night.

First-place winner will receive a free recording session with Inflight Productions, one free month subscription to and a $300 Weis-Morris Dayspa Salon gift certificate. Second- and third-place contestants will receive trophies and a People’s Choice Award.

Just like every other contest, this one has a few rules. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older, and no professionals (been paid for singing within the last 12 months) will be allowed to compete.

Auditions will be May 3, 10 and 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. Contestants must be available at this time to audition. Applicants will receive an acceptance letter in the mail with their audition instructions.

Applications will be taken through May 17, although they should be submitted as soon as possible for a guaranteed audition spot. Finalists will be chosen May 24.

Applications can be picked up at various locations, including Maverick Media (B103 FM), Rockford City Hall, Project First Rate, Krypto Music Lounge, on the Web at, or or by calling 965-0768.

The completed application form, a photo of contestant and a $20 donation should be sent to Rockford Fourth of July Committee, P.O. Box 1027, Rockford, IL 61105.

From the April 12-18, 2006, issue

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