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Are you the next
Gila Idol?
Fill out this form to compete in the preliminaries:
NEW THIS YEAR: ONE RANDOMLY SELECTED CONTESTANT AT EACH PRELIMINARY WILL WIN A $100 VISA GIFT CARD!
Your first and last name
Your age (You must be at least 15 to enter... down from 16 last year!)
A phone number where we can reach you (please include the area code)
Your email address in the format xyz@example.com
Verify your email address
The city where you live
Write your own lyrics for one verse of the nursery rhyme of your choice. (For example, one verse of 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat' or 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star'.) If you wrote about YOUR FAVORITE RADIO STATION or something to do with Gila Idol, that'd be great. (You are not judged on this entry, but it may be posted for others to see. Tell us what song your lyrics are based on (To the tune of Humpty Dumpty... etc.).
BEFORE YOU CLICK THE "LET'S DO THIS THING!" BUTTON, you should review the rules and instructions at the bottom of this page.

If you have trouble with this form, you can email the info to idol@mcmurrayradio.com


The Preliminaries
Thu, Jan 26, 6:30pm

Pollocks Western Outfitters
610 W 5th St, Safford

Judges
Adam Crohn-2008 Gila Idol Winner
Breanna DeRusha-2016 Gila Idol Winner
Davis Nathan-McMurray Commnications

Performances
Breanna DeRusha-2016 Gila Idol Winner

Contestants (in order)
Contestant line up and order subject to change.

1. Jacob Johnson
2. Alyssa Lucas
3. Belly Perez
4. Samantha Speas
5. Aubry King
6. Yasmine Boone
7. Dakota Patton
8. Chelsey Smith
9. Alexis Lopez
10. Stephan Garrison
11. Ashley Clement
12. Zane Griffith
13. Kiley Murray
Thu, Feb 2, 6:30pm

Double R Grill-Mount Graham Golf Course
Golf Course Road, Thatcher

Judges
TBA

Performances
TBA

Contestants (in order)
TBA
Thu, Feb 9, 6:30pm

The Morenci Club
Morenci, AZ (You can\'t miss it)

Judges
TBA

Performances
TBA

Contestants (in order)
TBA
Fri, Feb 17, 6:30pm

Safford Bowl Sponsored by Richards Music
410 E 4th St, Safford

Judges
TBA

Performances
TBA

Contestants (in order)
TBA
Thu, Feb 23, 6:30pm

The Bull Pen - You must be 21 or older to attend!
912 W Hwy 70 Safford

Judges
TBA

Performances
TBA

Contestants (in order)
TBA
Thu, Mar 2, 6:30pm

One Az Credit Union
280 W Main St, Safford

Judges
TBA

Performances
THS quartets

Contestants (in order)
TBA
Thu, Mar 9, 6:30pm

Sparks Homestore-Sponsored by Mann Mortgage
2281 W. US Hwy 70, Thatcher

Judges
TBA

Performances
TBA

Contestants (in order)
TBA

The Finals
Thu, Mar 23, 7pm

Safford Center for the Arts
985 S. 14th Ave., Safford (Next to Safford High) map

Judges
TBA

Performances
TBA

Contestants (in order)
TBA
RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS - IMPORTANT STUFF HERE

In order to compete, you must sign a form that gives us permission to use photos and audio/video recordings of you in any way we want. This includes playing them on the radio, showing them on Valley Telecom local TV and posting online (to our web site, YouTube, etc.). And remember, the internet is forever.

What happens at the preliminaries?
Contestants at the preliminaries will sing one song of their choosing in front of the judges, other contestants and THOUSANDS OF ADORING FANS!!! (ok, maybe just hundreds).

  • Your song will be sung a cappella (without any instruments, backup music, etc.) Just you and a microphone!
  • Your song should be memorized. If you're busy worrying about the words, you can't concentrate on the performance.
  • Try to limit yourself to 60 - 90 seconds. One verse and a chorus should be more than enough for the judges to tell what your talents are.
  • Song choice: We strongly suggest that you choose a song with which the judges are most likely familiar. Davis really likes it when you choose songs that are played on his stations.
  • Look the part: Dressing up is not required, but is appreciated. It is an excellent way to show the judges that this event was worth the effort to you! Look your best; sound your best.
  • The judges will critique your performance right after you finish. When all the contestants have sung, the judges will make a decision about who and how many will go on to the finals. Guaranteed winners every night!
  • The judges may pick any number of alternates at each preliminary. After all the preliminaries are over, you will vote for your favorite alternate right here on MySouthernAZ.com, and the winner will also compete in the finals.
What happens at the finals?
Contestants who qualify in the preliminaries will compete in the finals, which will be held at the Safford Center for the Arts in March.
  • Finals contestants will sing with a backup track of their choosing.
  • There will be one practice event a few days prior to the finals so contestants can familiarize themselves with the stage and the sound system.
  • Cash and other prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners.
  • The winners may also be invited to perform at other events sponsored by McMurray Communications throughout the following year.
  • In the event that a qualifying contestant is not able to compete in the finals, an alternate from the preliminaries may be selected to fill the spot.
  • The decision of the judges is final!

            
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