TICONDEROGA The finals of the fifth annual Ti Idol competition will include several new features. Patterned after the television program, American Idol, the event is open to individual vocal performances only in junior (ages 7-12), teen (ages 13-18) and adult categories. All contestants must reside fulltime within a 45-mile radius of Ticonderoga and must be amateurs. No bands or electrical instruments will be permitted. Registration is now under way with the finals slated July 3. Applications are available at Century 21 Adirondack, Two Brothers Market, Burleighs Luncheonette, Mountain Time Furniture in Ticonderoga and Port Henry, Mountain Time Furniture in Port Henry, the Ticonderoga Town Clerks office and the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce or by calling 585 - 2233, 585 - 7009 or 585 - 7903 or by Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Dan Crossman, chairman of the Ticonderoga Best Fourth in the North Committee, which sponsors the event, said earlier Ti Idol competitions have proven popular, attracting large crowds for both the preliminary and final rounds. This year Angela Sammis is the Ti Idol chairwoman. I never expected this fundraiser for the Fourth of July celebration to be so popular and become a tradition in such a short while, Sammis said. There will be some exciting changes to the program this year and the committee is looking forward to a great turn out. The major change will be theme nights in each round. The opening round of the Ti Idol competition will be May 24. The second round will be June 7 and the semifinals will be June 21. All preliminary rounds will be held at the Ticonderoga High School auditorium at 6 p.m. The opening round will feature music from the 1980s to the present. The second round will be Rock n Roll Night with music from the 1960s and 70s. The semifinal round will be Country Music Night and will feature DJs from the WOKO radio Morning Roundup Show. Tickets to the preliminary round shows will be $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students. A pass to all three preliminary shows will be $15 for adults and $9 for senior citizens and students. Passes can be purchased at the opening night show. The finals will be held July 3 at 7 p.m. in Bicentennial Park as part of the communitys annual Best Fourth in the North celebration. There is no charge to attend the finals. Contestants must be available to participate in each round of the competition. Proceeds from Ti Idol will be used for Ticonderogas annual July 4 celebration.