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Last chance for Superstar-dom

There are only two days left to get applications in to tryout for the Northwest Superstar competition on July 31 during Whaling Days.

The event is in its third year and semi-finals are at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 at Gordon Sound/Meatlocker Recording located at 9476 Silverdale Way next to American Marine Bank. Applications to attend the tryouts are due this Friday, June 10. The 15 participants chosen at the semi-finals will compete in the event. There are two age categories that contestants may enter: Youth (ages 14-17) and adult (18 and older).

Applications are available online at www.northwestsuperstar.com. Contestant hopefuls who still haven’t turned in their application can either e-mail it or drop it off at Gordon Sound. For the first time, performers will be allowed to play their own musical instruments during the competition which is open to all styles of music including, but not limited to, original songs, rock, hip-hop, country, gospel and country. Those trying out on June 18 must bring music on a CD to sing with or instrument for accompaniment.

“(Northwest Superstar) is growing every year,” said Sunny Saunders, event producer.

Also this year, the adult prize has been raised from $500 to $750 and includes recording time. The youth prize has been lowered from $500 to $250 and also includes recording time. There is no entry fee for contestants.

Last year’s winners were AnneMarie Olson and Katie Webster. Olson’s renditions of Janice Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart” and “Neither One of Us” by Gladys Knight and The Pips won her the title in the adult category. Webster won the youth category title with Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman” and “On a Mission” by Trick Pony.

For more information about Northwest Superstar, call Saunders at (360) 692-2957.

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