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CSU Idol competition returns for a third season

Who has what is takes to be the next American Idol?
Cleveland State is looking for singing sensations to knock the socks off the judges and students during the second annual CSU Idol contest.
The contest takes place on Nov. 1 in UC Shire. Sign up for the competition is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Open mic is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. During this time, singers are to choose two songs from the karaoke book provided and can take that time to rehearse their numbers.
The contest will begin promptly at 5 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m.
The panel of judges includes Kevin Hesser, CSU marketing coordinator, Sandra Emerick, interim dean of students, and Miss Ohio 2006, Melanie Murphy, a digital media and journalism major.
The judges will be looking for intonation, voice quality, lyrics, entertainment (crowd involvement), stage presence and overall performance.
Just like American Idol, the judges have the option to cut off the singers in the middle of their performances.
After the last contestant performs, the judges will narrow down the performers to the top five.
The final five contestants will compete in the second round.
There were 13 contestants in 2006.
The audience will be receiving ballots as they enter and will be choosing the top three finalists. Students are encouraged to bring their friends.
The third place winner will take home $50, second place $100, and the first place winner and title of CSU Idol takes home $150. The contestants must be CSU students.
Food specials for the evening include $3 combos of wings, fries or onion rings and a drink.
For more details, contact the CAB office at 216-687-2244 or by e-mail at




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