Looking for the Black Belt’s idol

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 15, 2005

the selma times-journal

Those who were unable to make it to an American Idol audition need not fear.

Thanks to Black Belt Idol 2005, a contest sponsored by the American Red Cross (ARC), their dreams of stardom might become a reality.

Open to residents of Dallas, Marengo, Perry, Wilcox and Choctaw Counties, the contest will allow people to perform as either a soloist, group, or band. All types of music will be judged.

To increase participation in the event, an old school car and bike show will be held during the contest.

Phillips stressed that she is hoping for participation from all over the Black Belt.

Phillips added there should be a positive impact on Selma as well

Despite the fun-natured atmosphere of the event, the Black Belt Idol will serve a more serious purpose – raising money for disaster relief support.

This year, Phillips’ office has given over $42,243 in disaster relief support for families in Dallas County who were victims of fires and natural disasters.

Auditions for the contest will be held daily at the Selma Mall from Sunday, June 26 – Thursday, June 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Contestants who make it through the auditions will compete against each other during the finale, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 2 at 6 p.m. at the mall.

The registration fee for soloists is $20. Registration for groups and bands is $40.

The fee to enter a vehicle in the car and bike show is $20. Registration forms, which must be received on or before Friday, June 24, may be picked up at the ARC office, located at 812 Selma Avenue.

There is no cost to observe the auditions, but admission to the grand finale is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for children 6 years old and younger.

Three or four different judges are needed for each night of the audition and five judges are needed for the actual contest.

For more information about participating in the contest, car show, or being a judge, please contact Phillips at (334) 874-4641.