Ti Idol contestants gear up

TICONDEROGA The largest Ti Idol ever will require two shows in the opening round. Patterned after the television program, American Idol, the 2007 Ticonderoga talent show has 60 entrants. Because of the large number of competitors, the opening round will feature two shows Saturday, May 5. The junior and teen divisions will perform at 1 p.m. and the adult division will face off at 6 p.m. All preliminary shows are at the Ticonderoga High School auditorium. Dan Crossman, chairman of the Ticonderoga Best Fourth in the North Committee, which sponsors the event, said earlier Ti Idol competitions proved popular, attracting large crowds for both the preliminary and final rounds. The idol shows have become one of the most popular events in the area, Crossman said. Tickets for the junior (ages 7-12) and teen (ages 13-18) first round will be $3 a person. Tickets for the adult division first round will be $6 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens. Children younger than age 5 will be free. The second round for all competitors will be May 19 at 6 p.m. at Ti High. The semifinal round will be held June 16 at the Ticonderoga High School auditorium at 6 p.m. It will feature the WOKO morning round-up crew of C.K. Coin and Wild Bill Sargent. Passes for all three preliminary shows will be on sale at the door May 5 for $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and students. The finals will be held July 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Bicentennial Park as part of the communitys annual Best Fourth in the North celebration. The outdoor show will be free. This year, 60 contestants signed up to compete for their share of the $1,500 in total cash prizes and the trophies given to the top three winners, Crossman said. This year we have contestants from Ticonderoga, Hague, Crown Point, Port Henry, North Hudson, Fair Haven Vt., and Benson Vt. TheTi Idol shows are a fund raiser for the Town of Ticonderoga Fourth of July Committee and all proceeds of this event are used to finance the three day celebration of the Fourth of July. All contestants must reside fulltime within a 45-mile radius of Ticonderoga and must be amateurs. No bands or electrical instruments will be permitted. In 2006 10-year old Alyssa Rodriguez of Hague successfully defended her junior division title. Taking second place in the junior division was Kaitlin Diskin of Ticonderoga and Crown Points Adam Agee, was third. In the teen category, Jared Dixon, a recent graduate of Ticonderoga High School, won. Second place went to Kathryn Major and Samantha Young was third. Melanie Bain won the adult division. Linda Agee of Crown Point was second. Placing third in the adult division was John Brooks of Port Henry.

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