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Contestants ready for the Superstar stage

Only two will walk away tomorrow from the stage as Northwest Superstars.

Two winners, one from the adult category and one from the youth category, will be chosen for a grand prize of $500 each plus four hours of free recording time each at Gordon Sound/Meatlocker Recording in Silverdale. There are 10 contestants in the adult category and five contestants in the youth category. There also are three alternates available in case someone is unable to perform. The competition gets started at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow during Whaling Days on the Main Stage at Silverdale Waterfront Park. The contest is sponsored by Kitsap Credit Union, the Central Kitsap Reporter and Gordon Sound.

“We have some great people and we expect it to be a good show,” said Sunny Saunders, Family and Main Stage coordinator

Rickey Shultz, 24, is one of the adult contestants vying for the title. Shultz heard about Northwest Superstar the day before auditions. Just recently he tied for third on Star Search Seattle.

“I just want to sing and pour my heart out,” Shultz said. “I’m very excited to meet other people who sing, it’s very inspiring.”

Shultz, who has worked at Barnes & Noble Café for more than three years, is a 1998 graduate of Central Kitsap High School. He was active in drama and choir throughout high school.

“I’ve been singing since I was a tot, I love music.” he said. “It’s an empowering feeling.”

As with each contender, Shultz will be singing two songs. He will be performing Queens of the Stone Age’s, “No One Knows,” and “Clocks.” When he’s not working behind the counter at Barnes & Noble, Shultz sings in the band Mercurius which performs at1:15 p.m. tomorrow also on the Main Stage. He’s also a songwriter with more than 300 of his own songs recorded on eight-track reel-to-reels.

“I wish everyone in the competition the best of luck,” Shultz said. “I hope they give it their best and sing their hearts out.”

Over in the youth category is 15-year-old Katie Webster.

Webster has been singing since she was four and hopes to try out for American Idol next year. For the Northwest Superstar she’ll be singing “Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Wilson and “On a Mission” by Trick Pony.

Recently she opened for Trick Pony in Crescent City, Calif., and in 2000 she opened for Bryan White at Viking Fest in Poulsbo. In February she sang the National Anthem and “God Bless the USA” at the Tacoma Dome for the 81st Brigade’s departure ceremony as it prepared to go to Iraq.

“I’m ecstatic about singing in the Northwest Superstar competition,” Webster said.

A junior at North Kitsap High School, Webster plans on finishing high school and college before fully pursuing a music career in Nashville, Tenn.

“There are not very many talent shows around here,” she said. “I’m excited to have all my friends and family at the show.”

Webster has made two CDs and is looking to get another one out. If she wins she says she plans to use the four hours of free recording time to get another one started.

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