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Attalla Idol

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The Attalla Idol is returning for its 7th season for 2017. It is a singing competition for amateurs and aspiring professional performers. Here, artists 14 years old and older have the chance to showcase their skills for the title of “2017 Attalla Idol”... as well as, other prizes! Contestants will submit a video (via YouTube link) for the Preliminary Round 1. The Top 20 will advance to the Preliminary Round 2, where they will perform before a panel of judges. Nine finalists (and 1 alternate) will be chosen to compete for the title of “2017 Attalla Idol” at the dinner theater on April 8, 2017. Artists in the final will perform before a live voting audience, as well as, a panel of judges. One talented person will be named “Attalla Idol.” Each contestant will be judged on the following criteria: audience interaction, stage presence/appearance, song selection, timing, pitch, and projection/voice control.

Song Selection:

Contestants may choose their own song for the competition following these guidelines:

  • Song must be less than five minutes in length
  • Song must be appropriate for a family audience (copy of the lyrics must be presented with registration paperwork). KEEP SONG SELECTION VERY CONSERVATIVE to appeal to the conservative nature of our community. This applies to both song selections if you are in the finals.

Song Presentation:

Option 1: Sing with a pre-recorded accompaniment. The contestant must supply the MP3 recording via email (preferred) or CD (labeled with correct track number). The sound crew is not responsible if the CD does not work or is not labeled correctly. Contestants must pick up their CD from the sound booth after the competition.

Option 2: Sing with an instrument or accompanist. Contestants must supply their own accompanist and/or instrument. There will, however, be a keyboard available.

Preliminary Round 1:

Contestants will submit up to 2 videos via YouTube link to our email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by March 13, 2017 at 5 pm (cst). The videos will be reviewed by a panel of judges, and the Top 20 will be posted on our Facebook Page (Attalla Idol Attalla DARE) on March 18, 2017. The Top 20 will advance to the Preliminary Round 2.

Preliminary Round 2:

(Closed Set-No family or friends allowed in audition room!)

The Preliminary Round 2 will take place on Saturday, March 25th, 2017, starting at 6:00 PM (cst). Auditions will be held at Etowah High School in Attalla, AL, through scheduled appointments. Contestants should be prepared to sing the song they will perform at the finals, if so chosen. Song selection is very important, and should fit your particular voice. (See “Song Selection” for more information) Contestants are encouraged to put their personal style into the song. The Top 9 (and 1 alternate) will be posted on our Facebook Page at the closing of the preliminary round. One family member may accompany a contestant to the warm-up rooms ONLY.


The finals will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017, 6:00 PM at Etowah High School. The finalists will sing their selection again for a voting audience. In the event of a tie, the judges will cast the deciding votes.

Entrance Fee:

To be eligible for the contest, contestants must pay a non-refundable $25.00 entrance fee.


The winner will be named the “2017 Attalla Idol,” will receive a $500 cash prize and a trophy. The “Attalla Idol” will also represent “2017 Attalla Idol” in various community performances.



Applications available February 1, 2017

To participate in the Attalla Idol, contestants must complete an Application and Hold Harmless Agreement, which must be submitted, along with the entrance fee, by midnight (cst), March 13, 2017. Applications may be picked up at Etowah High School, Etowah Middle School, Attalla Police Department, or online via our “Attalla Idol Attalla DARE” Facebook Page.

Return forms & entry fee to:
Attalla Idol
C/O Captain Bone
101 Case Avenue
Attalla, AL 35954
**Make checks payable to Attalla D.A.R.E.

Application, Entry Fee, and Videos Due: March 13, 2017 by 5 pm CST

Preliminary Round 1:

March 18, 2017. Closed panel video judging. Top 20 Contestants posted.

Preliminary Round 2:

March 25, 2017, by appointment, 6-8. Live audition, by appointment, at Etowah High School. (only one family member allowed in warm up room) Closed set audition. Top 9 (with 1 alternate) posted on Facebook.

Group Rehearsal: April 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm at Etowah High School.

All Finalists bring two songs to practice. The second song will be performed (if chosen) for the Final 3. Finals Dress Rehearsal: April 7, 2017 6:00 pm at Etowah High School. All finalists will berequired to attend dress rehearsal in the Cafetorium. Contestants should come dressed in their performance outfit. Bring accompanist/instrument or CD, props and outfit for BOTH songs. Failure to attend the dress rehearsal will result in disqualification. Contestants will be given the order of appearance at this rehearsal.

Finals: April 8, 2017 6:00 pm at Etowah High School.

All finalists should check-in at the Etowah High School Cafetorium no later than 4:30 pm. The final competition will be during the dinner show in front of a voting audience. The nine finalists will perform in groups of three. After each group of three contestants has performed, the audience members who have purchased a ticket/seat will vote, thus narrowing the finalists to three. These three will perform a second selection. A final vote of these three will be taken to determine the “2017 Attalla Idol.” Preprinted voting ballots will be distributed at the door when tickets are taken. ONLY TICKET HOLDERS PRESENT WILL VOTE! The winner will be chosen by a majority vote. In the event of a tie, the judges will cast the deciding vote. The contest results will be announced following the finals.


Each finalist will have a reserved table (eight seats) close to the stage for family/guests. The finalist must sell tickets for their table at $25.00 each. These ticket holders will also be eligible to vote. All tickets not sold by the rehearsal on April 1, are to be returned. Doors will open for seating at 5:00 pm. Only one guest will be allowed backstage with each finalist. Other family members/guests must wait until doors open and may not be seated early.

Attalla Idol Judges:

During the finals,there will be three judges to give feedback about each performance. These judges will only vote in the event of a tie.

Tickets: Advance tickets only.

(Limited seating). Tickets will go on sale February 1, 2017. Ticket price is $25.00 each. You must have a ticket for admission. For ticket information visit our Facebook Page or contact the DARE Office at 256-538-9415.

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