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PRESTONSBURG — Contestants for the honor of being the next Big Sandy Idol school have wrapped up the school competitions and are preparing to move into the championship rounds.

Big Sandy Idol is a talent and scholarship competition that is held in 15 high schools across the five-county Big Sandy region (Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin and Magoffin). The competition, organized by the Music Department of BSCTC, gives talented high-school singers the chance to compete for a 2-Song demo recording with Timothy Cooley, producer, along with the right to perform and compete in the Regional Big Sandy Idol Championship Finals for a full-CD recording, a Full-Paid Vocal Scholarship to attend BSCTC, along with a spot with the Big Sandy Singers who are directed by Laura Ford Hall, and various other prizes.

Tickets are now on sale at the MAC by calling 1-888-MAC-ARTS or visiting www.macarts.com. the Semi-Finals and Finals Rounds of Competition.

The Regional Big Sandy Idol Competition takes place over two nights, with the first night of competition, Friday, March 9 (the Semi-Final Round). On this night, all students who placed 2nd at their school will compete for a spot to perform on Saturday night for the scholarship prizes. This winner is called the Wildcard Winner.

The Championship Finals Round, held on Saturday, March 10, will determine the 2012 Big Sandy Idol Champion Winner. During this night of competition, each of the 1st place winners from the 15 schools will compete for the host of prizes listed above, including the full-paid scholarship to BSCTC.

The competition will be held at 7 PM each evening at the Mountain Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and are on sale now at the MAC by calling 1-888-MAC-ARTS.

Big Sandy Idol is the product of the joint efforts of Big Sandy Community and Technical College with the Mountain Arts Center and Premiere Sponsor Gearheart Communications.

For more information on Big Sandy Idol and other community-based music programs offered by BSCTC, visit www.bigsandysingers.com.

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