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Survivors have reported it doesn't hurt that much.
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Watch and listen to it here:

Idol entries are now CLOSED!

But we have many prelims left to go, so be sure and catch all the action either in person or right here online! In the meantime, get your INCREDIBLY CHEAP tickets to the finals show.

There is so much talent this year, we can pretty much guarantee it's gonna be awesome!

The Preliminaries
Thu, Jan 26, 6:30pm

Pollocks Western Outfitters
610 W 5th St, Safford

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

Breanna DeRusha-2016 Gila Idol Winner
Olivia Crockett-2014 Gila Idol Winner

Contestants (in order)
*Lineup is subject to change*

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

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

Breanna DeRusha- 2016 Gila Idol Winner
Olivia Crockett- 2014 Gila Idol Winner
Davis Nathan- McMurray Communications

Adam Crohn-2008 Gila Idol Winner

Contestants (in order)
*Lineup is subject to change*

1. Sarah Ellis
2. Eliana Moreno
3. Shylynn Oaks
4. Calista White-Call Back
5. Victoria Moreno
6. Sarah Quintero
7. Chelsea Weir-FINALIST
8. Bradlee Sanders
9. Bryttani Mooney
10. Kienna VanShaar-FINALIST
11. Leisel Innes-Call Back
12. Kiah Morris-FINALIST
13. Harley Overton-Alternate
14. Taylor Russell-Alternate
Thu, Feb 9, 6:30pm

The Morenci Club
In the Morenci Plaza

Theresa Campbell-2009 Idol Winner
Cindy Anaya-Idol Finalist
Adam Crohn-2008 Idol Winner

Theresa Campbell-2009 Idol Winner
Olivia Crockett-2014 Idol Winner

Contestants (in order)
*Lineup is subject to change*

1. Jerica Young-Alternate
2. Weston Johnson
3. Julie Payne
4. Rian Kumlien-FINALIST
5. Bridgette Mennen-Call Back
6. Taylor Kerby
7. Katie Baldwin-FINALIST
8. Kalen Fuller
9. Devanee Sanchez
10. Rebecca Knoppel
11. Natalie Jensen-Call Back
12. Kara Herrin
13. Dominique Garcia
14. Kalee McBride-FINALIST
15. Keanna Cortez
16. Caitlynn Blair
Fri, Feb 17, 6:30pm

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

Adam Crohn-2008 Idol Winner
Damien Larson-2015 Idol Winner
Davis Nathan-McMurray Communications

Damien Larson-2015 Idol Winner

Contestants (in order)
*Lineup is subject to change*

1. Christopher Bernal
2. Aubry Farr-Alternate
3. Christian Clement
4. Jenna-rose Gasca
5. Brian Lines
6. Kaeli Tyson
7. Celia Rodriguez
8. Cami Lines
9. Amanda Alexander
10. Melanie Bolen-Alternate
11. Darryn Kamae-FINALIST
12. Rachel Clark-Call Back
13. Shayla Smith-FINALIST
14. Cheyenne Peterson-Call Back
15. Brooklyn Nelson-FINALIST
16. Marcella Young
Thu, Feb 23, 6:30pm

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

Cindy Anaya-Idol Finalist
Adam Crohn-2008 Idol Winner
Davis Nathan-McMurray Communications Inc

Cindy Anaya-Idol Finalist

Contestants (in order)
*Lineup is subject to change*

1. Jeremy Gonzalez
2. Tiffany Stradling
3. Elizabeth Weston
4. Cassidy Crosby
5. Anthony Vidales
6. Mark Webb
7. Jimmy OConner
8. Pete McCormick
9. Jacquan Tobler
10. Troy Nichols
11. Theresa Murray
12. Jessica Gutierrez
13. Kate Long
14. Kimberly Otten
15. Laural Haws
16. Jillian Innes
Thu, Mar 2, 6:30pm

One Az Credit Union
280 W Main St, Safford


THS quartets

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

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



Contestants (in order)

The Finals
Thu, Mar 23, 7pm

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



Contestants (in order)


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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