'Heartland Idol' returns April 25
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[April 08, 2014]
NORMAL — "Heartland Idol"
returns for a fifth year to showcase the singing talents of area
residents in a competitive format while raising money to benefit the
Heartland Alumni Scholarship Fund. "Heartland Idol" will take place
from 7 to 9:30 p.m. April 25 at the Astroth Community Education
Center Auditorium on Heartland's Normal campus, 1500 W. Raab Road.
The event will also feature raffles, including a chance to win two
VIP tickets to the Tim McGraw concert at the Corn Crib on Sept. 12,
as well as tickets to a select CornBelters baseball game in
Heartland's exclusive suite.
College Station Apartments and Radio
Bloomington are sponsoring the event.
A new addition this year — comeback contestant
The show will feature two contestants vying for the last spot in
the competition. The performer whose submission video receives the
most "likes" on the Heartland Alumni Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/HeartlandCCalumni will win the slot. The most
recent videos were from Heartland student Brie Weaver and Illinois
State University student Rachel Tatar.
The doors open at 5:15 p.m. for general admission seating.
Concessions from Avanti's will be available, with a $4 special that
includes a Gondola, chips and drink. Pre-show entertainment will
begin at 6 p.m. The lineup includes local band Toocan playing
tropical-style music for the whole family. Last year's "Critic's
Choice" winner, Katie Campos, will also sing a number before the
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The competition will feature 11 performers in an "American
Idol"-style format. The singers will compete for a "Critics' Choice"
award from a panel of local judges. Singers will also compete for a
"Crowd Favorite" award, determined by audience members voting with
their dollars for their favorite performers. Both winners will
receive prizes from Start Music Productions, Uptown Normal and
Casey's Garden Shop. The "Critics' Choice" winner will also get to
sing the national anthem at Heartland Night at the Corn Crib on Aug.
How to get tickets
Tickets for the April 25 competition are available in advance for
$5 and can be purchased from the Heartland cashier at the Normal
campus or online by clicking on the "Heartland Idol" banner at
www.heartland.edu. Tickets also can be purchased for $7 at the door
the evening of the event. For more information, call 309-268-8188.
For more information about Heartland Community College, visit
[Text from file received from
Heartland Community College]