Hope Idol contest at the Legion

Thousands of dollars in prizes are up for grabs as contestants battle for a spot in the Dec. 13 finale

A new karaoke singing competition called Hope Idol kicks off Sept. 13 at the Hope Legion entertainment lounge.

The contest provides an opportunity for local amateur artists to showcase their voices.

“There’s a lot of good talent in this town and a lot of it doesn’t get recognized,” said organizer Terry Brewer of Terr-ific Tunes.” This is just for fun. So if you’ve ever made money from your voice, you’re not eligible to participate.”

Contestants must be at least 19 years of age, a resident of Hope or Boston Bar, and be able to attend eight of the 13 weeks to be eligible for the final. Singers must also be able to perform a country, rock and slow song. Thousands of dollars in prizes are up for grabs as contestants battle for a spot in the semi-finals and a chance to perform in the Dec. 13 finale, which will feature a local judging panel that includes Bud Gardner and Scott Medlock. Brewer said there will also be a weekly 50/50 draw and door prizes for spectators.

The Hope Legion entertainment lounge is located at 344 Fort St. For more information visit facebook.com/thehopeidolcontest