by Nancy Ford
Organizers for Houston Pride Idol have announced that auditions for the fourth annual vocal competition are set for May 2, noon, at Meteor, 2306-08 Genesee St.
“We’re amping up again for Pride Idol, and we’ve made some big changes for the better!” said show director and judge Joey Guerra. “This is going to be our biggest year to date.”
In the competition modeled after Fox’s hit television show, American Idol, contestants are eliminated each week by means of a mixture of judges’ scores and text votes from the audience. Judges presiding over the two-month competition are Guerra, PBS Houston’s Ernie Manouse, and Houston-based producer and rapper Miss Money.
The winner of Pride Idol receives an array of prizes including studio time and a demo at Urbana Studios, an entry in Houston’s Pride Parade, a performance slot at the Pride Festival, a chance to sing the National Anthem at Sam Houston Race Park, and a cash prize.
Contestants must be 18 years of age or older, and sing at least two a cappella songs. Registration is available the day of the event or in advance at Meteor, JR’s and South Beach. For more information, log on to myspace.com/houstonprideidol.