Heartland Idol returns for a fifth year to showcase the singing talents of area residents in a competitive format while raising money to benefit the Alumni Scholarship Fund. Heartland Idol will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the Astroth Community Education Center Auditorium on Heartland’s Normal campus at 1500 W. Raad Road.
The event will also feature raffles including a chance to win two, VIP tickets to the Tim McGraw concert at the Corn Crib on September 12, as well as tickets to a select CornBelter’s baseball game in Heartland’s exclusive suite. College Station Apartments and Radio Bloomington are sponsoring the event.
The doors open at 5:15 p.m. for general admission seating. Concessions from Avanti’s will be available with a $4 special that includes a Gondola, chips and drink. A pre-show will begin at 6 p.m. The line-up includes Toocan playing tropical style, fun music for the whole family. Last year’s Critic’s Choice winner Katie Campos will also return to the Heartland Idol stage before the competition begins.
The competition will feature 11 performers in an American Idol-style format. The singers will compete for a “Critics’ Choice” award from a panel of local judges. Singers will also compete for a “Crowd Favorite” award, determined by audience members voting with their dollars for their favorite performers. Both winners will receive two hours of professional studio recording time, coaching and production from Start Music Productions, a prize package courtesy of Uptown Normal, a framed certificate and a floral bouquet from Casey's Garden Shop. The Critics’ Choice winner will also get to sing the national anthem at Heartland Night at the Corn Crib Friday, August 1.
How to Get Tickets
Tickets for the April 25 competition are available in advance for $5 and can be purchased from the Heartland Cashier on campus or online by clicking on the Heartland Idol banner at www.heartland.edu. Tickets also can be purchased for $7 at the door the evening of the event. For more information about Heartland Idol, call (309) 268-8188.
For more information about Heartland Community College, visit www.heartland.edu.