Several hundred singers began this year's SOCAL ICON vocal competition but now there are only 32 left. On Saturday, August 27, they will all have one last chance to be named SOCAL ICON for 2011. The final competition will take place at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts at 6 p.m.
This year's vocal competition (formerly called Inland Idol and OC Idol) began on May 28 in Orange and continued the audition phase through June 18.
The semifinals took place at Roosevelt High School Theater in the new city of Eastvale. Dozens of semifinalists for each age group (7-10, 11-14 and 15-18) competed onstage in front of a theater audience and two judges from the entertainment industry.
While the goal was to choose 10 finalists from each age group; the competition was so stiff that the judges chose 11 from the two older age divisions. So, for the first time in four years of these competitions, two of the age divisions will have 11 finalists instead of 10.
These singers will face off in front of a live audience and three celebrity judges: Terron Brooks (singer, actor and Broadway veteran), Cassie Miller (award-winning singer, actress and recording artist) and Mark L. Walberg (producer and TV host: PBS' "Antiques Road Show" and FOX TV's "The Moment of Truth"). David Sidoni (actor, dancer, TV host:Disney's "Newsies", Nickelodeon's "Roundhouse") has signed on again to host the show.
The audience will get a chance to vote as well.
"Each ticket holder will get an envelope with three ballots when they enter the theater; one for each age group. At the end of each divisions performances, the audience will be asked to cast their votes," said Bruce Sampson, president of WBZB. "Those ballots will be added to the judges votes and a winner chosen for each age division.
"It really is an exciting and amazingly entertaining show. The voting just adds another layer of fun to the evening."
Tickets are on sale online at www.SoCalIcon.com at a general admission price of $17 when purchased in advance. Tickets will be $20 at the door. Group rates are available at $12 each for quantities of 20 or more purchased online before August 16.
The three winners of the competition will each receive identical prizes that include: a professional photography package from Jim Dorsey Photography of Corona, and Vocal Coaching and Recording Package from Billy Purnell from The Ultimate Voice in Riverside.