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Get in tune: Aviano prepares for USAFE Idol

Aviano Air Base, Italy --

Aviano will host its base-level U.S. Air Forces in Europe Idol Talent Contest at 2 p.m. March 24 at the base theater. Singers interested in competing need to sign up by Wednesday at the Community Center.

The 2007 contest has some changes and updates that participants should be aware of.
All contestants must choose two songs to perform, one which must come from a list of more than 240 USAFE-approved songs. If the contestant's second song choice is not on the USAFE list, the contestant must submit their song choice in an electronic MP3 format. Failure to provide the song electronically will disqualify the contestant from the base-level contest. 

"Contestants need to sign up in advance and provide an MP3 to give the band a chance to learn and rehearse the songs," said Susan Lear, Community Center director. 

Another change this year is civilians who hold an ID card are allowed to enter, but only two will be selected by a panel of judges to compete and they may do so at the base level only. 

The first place winner from the base competition will go on to represent Aviano at the USAFE Idol Talent Contest at 7 p.m. April 14 at the officer's club at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Base-level winners proceeding to the USAFE-level contest receive three days of performing arts workshops and rehearsals hosted by the USAFE Band Ensemble 'Touch N' Go.'  

The celebrity judge and entertainer for this year's event is Anthony Fedorov, a Ukranian-American singer who was a top finalist on American Idol Season 4. 

All first-, second- and third-place winners at the base level receive cash prizes of $350, $100 and $50 respectively. Winners at the USAFE level can win prizes including round-trip airline tickets and electronic gear. All participants reaching the USAFE level receive gift bags valued at more than $300. 

The USAFE Idol Talent Contest competition is open to all active-duty Airmen assigned or attached to USAFE units, as well as all civilians and dependents 18 years or older.
Complete rules, guidelines and applications, as well as additional information on base-level contests, can be found on the USAFE Services Idol Web site at 

(Information courtesy of U.S. Air Forces in Europe news service)