The sixth annual Seattle Pride Idol, Presented by T-Mobile, is heating up. Kickoff is slated for Sunday, April 6 at Neighbours Nightclub at Capitol Hill.
The amateur voice competition, hosted by Seattle Out & Proud, will feature 10 different competitors each event through the June 8 finale. Each competition winner will move one step closer to the finale and title of 2014 Pride Idol, while the runner-ups will face off in the Wildcard Night on June 1 for two coveted finale spots and the opportunity to compete.
A panel of three to four judges will rate the contestants weekly based on vocal ability, overall performance and stage presence. All competitions will be hosted by Miss Gay Seattle, Olivia LaGarce.
Each competition begins with registration from 6:30-7:30 p.m. After the amateurs sit down, the aspiring pros take the mic. Registration is free, and contestants may bring their own musical accompaniment.
The 2014 Pride Idol winner will perform in the Seattle Pride Parade on June 29, at the Pride Picnic June 14, potential performances at other events representing Pride Idol, and receive the grand prize of $1,000 and a vacation package from Alaska Airlines. The first runner up will receive $500 and a T-Mobile iPad Mini, and the second runner up will receive $250 and a Microsoft Surface Tablet. The first-place winner each night will win $100, second place $50 and third place $25.
Seattle Pride Idol is presented by T-Mobile and sponsored by Alaska Airlines, Microsoft, Neighbours Nightclub, OutWest Bar, The Lobby Bar, Baltic Room, The Stranger, Seattle Gay Scene, City Arts, KEXP, CLICK 98.9, KUBE, KISS, KJR, and MOViN 92.5
Sunday night competitions will be at Neighbours Nightclub, at 1509 Broadway in Seattle. Various weeknight competitions will be held at OutWest Bar in West Seattle, The Lobby Bar in Capitol Hill and Baltic Room in Capitol Hill. Check out the website at www.seattlepride.org for a full event schedule.
Seattle Out and Proud is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, WA, focused on informing and educating the community on LGBT issues through community outreach and produced events, including the annual Seattle Pride Parade, Pride Idol, Pride Brunch and the Seattle Pride Picnic