Talent will be gathering for El Dorado’s first “Idol” competition.

Talent will be gathering for El Dorado’s first “Idol” competition.

“It’s going to be just like American Idol,” said Shirley Patton, Chamber of Commerce executive vice president.

Patton explained the idea for the competition was born at the Chamber’s Elite Showcase last October.

The Showcase is similar to a business expo for local owners, explained Patton.
“I hope we have a lot of participation,” she said.

Patton remarked a large amount of enthusiasm was expressed by college students when flyers for the event were passed out.
From 6 until 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 the first audition will be held at the Iron Horse, 315 S. Main, with registration beginning at 6 p.m.

“It’s for anyone,” said Patton.

She explained the competition will be held in phases with the first at Iron Horse and the second on the 18th.

Jacob’s Well, 139 N. Main, will be the hosting establishment for the second round which will begin at 7 and go until 8:30 p.m.

Winners will eventually move on for a chance to perform at the Chamber Elite Showcase in the Community Building, 200 N. Griffith on Oct. 31.

Prizes for the winners include a $300 cash prize for first place, $125 for second and $75 for third.

The Chamber has recruited Valerie Mack, BCC instructor, to help search for the right characters for judges and Patton said they are still missing an important character to make the ensemble complete.

“We are still looking for a MC, a Ryan Seacrest character” she announced.

For more information on how to participate call the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce at 321-3150.