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Volume 68, Issue 136, April 18, 2003


Search is on for 'Cougar Idol'

By Tiffany Dean
The Daily Cougar

Ten UH students will showcase their vocal talent in the University of Houston's first-ever "Cougar Idol" on Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cullen Performance Hall, and students appear excited.

"I think it would be interesting to see what our university talent has to offer," said Janine Chmiola, a political science junior.

"I think this is a great way to get more people involved in an activity that supports UH," said Nafis Bhuiyan, a Marketing and Management senior.

The competition, patterned after the television show "American Idol", will hold a preliminary competition on April 22 and 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Center, where each contestant will perform 30 seconds without any accompaniment.

The finalists will then perform a full number with audio accompaniment on April 24 and the winner will be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges including: KRBE-FM disc jockey "Yo J" and Lance Zierlein fom 610 Sports Radio.

The event will also be a host for guest appearances from local bands, Mills Road and Spoken Mercy, and local hip-hop artist Tow Down. Chance McClain, creator of the "Yao Ming Song" will be the master of ceremonies.

"We hope to povide an outlet on campus for UH students to perform fo geat prizes and to let the public see what terific talent we have here," said UC Marketing and Programming Director Lauren Johnson in a press release on Tuesday. "It's a great way to kick off the summer and stat the careers of some UH vocalists."

The competition, hosted by UC and Associated Facilities, Department of Campus Activities and the UH Wellness, is open to all students and the event is free and open to the public.

"I think the competition is a good way to show their talent infront of the student body," said Jenny Patel, a psychology freshman.

The first-place winner will receive a three-song CD demo produced by Phazzer Recording Studios and a 15-day European Rail Tour from STA Travel. Second place winner will receive professional vocal lessons; and the "audience choice" winner will receive $50 credit applied to his or her Cougar-one card.

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