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Parksville Idol hits town

Parksville Idol coming to Parksville Beach this summer — do you have what it takes to win?  - Brenda Gough Photo
Parksville Idol coming to Parksville Beach this summer — do you have what it takes to win?
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Think you have what it takes to own the title of Parksville Idol?

It may not be as epic as American Idol but a contest to determine some of the best singers on Vancouver Island will take place in Parksville this summer.

Music is the theme of this year’s Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition running from July 12 to August 17.

To drive home the musical message the Parksville Beach Festival Society is hosting Parksville Idol.

Beach festival event organizer Trish Smith said the society wanted to come up with a new activity this year that would get more people from the local area involved the annual event.

“Part of our mandate is not just to build an exhibition for tourists.  We want to encourage locals to come back to the festival again and again,” she stated, adding “The park has so much potential and the goal over time is to create more things to do on a daily basis.  We are trying to make it an attraction so locals will hang out for the day.”

Musical acts will be performing on the picnic shelter stage each Friday and Saturday night for the summer concert series which kicks off July 18 but this year the amateurs will vie for a spot on the gazebo stage just off the boardwalk.

Smith said with the popularity of singing competitions on TV they decided to launch their own version and came up with Parksville Idol.

“American Idol is so big right now, and that got my wheels turning about incorporating a voting platform into a local contest that would get our community involved.”

Co-sponsored by the City of Parksville and The NEWS, Parksville Idol will have three age categories for solo, amateur singers: Kids (6-12), Youth (13-18) and Adult (19+).

The exciting event will include a People’s Choice on-line voting format that will have contestants up load a video to the PQB News website.

The public can vote on-line at www.pqbnews.com for their choice until July 31, 2014.

The six highest number of on-line votes received in each age category will advance to the semi-finals.

To determine the semi-finalists in each age division to perform live on August 9, as well as a finals round where the top two in each category will perform just prior to the fireworks.

Contestants must reside on Vancouver Island and if selected as a semi-finalist, must be able to perform live on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Online entry forms will be available from July 1-21, 2014.

The entry form will prompt contestants to upload a non-edited video of a live performance taken within the last 12 months or insert a YouTube link.

Contestants may also submit their video by CD, SD card, USB memory stick, or by email.

The song choice must be appropriate for all audiences and must not include any foul language.

The cost to enter Parksville Idol is $20, which will be used as part of the prize money for the winners in each age division.

Once a contestant’s entry has been approved by the Parksville Beach Festival Society and the $20 entry fee has been received, their performance will go ‘live’ and contestants may begin gathering votes.

The judges will select two additional contestants to advance to the semi-finals. All semi-finalists will be contacted by August 4, 2014.

The live semi-finals will take place in the Gazebo at the Parksville Community Park on Saturday, August 9 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Contestants may provide a back-up track or accompany themselves, but may not be accompanied by another person.  Back up tracks must be instrumental and not include vocals.

The Parksville Beach Festival Society will appoint three judges who will be looking for a few qualities.  They will award points for natural ability, stage presence, performance quality and musicality.

Smith said the judging panel will include people in the music industry who know what to look for.

For an entry form or more contest details visit www.parksvillebeachfest.ca or check it their out Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition on Facebook.

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