WINTER HARBOR, Maine — Hot on the heels of Lee DeWyze winning the top spot in American Idol, Downeast Maine idols will get a rare chance to sing for one of the judges of the wildly popular TV show.
Kara DioGuardi, a seasonal resident of Gouldsboro, will judge the final round of “Schoodic Idol,” set for 7 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor. Two elimination rounds will precede the event, set for July 15 and 22, also at Hammond Hall.
DioGuardi volunteered for the event, which is a fundraiser for the Channing Chapel Preservation Society and for Schoodic Arts for All, which offers events all summer long at Hammond Hall. DioGuardi spends part of her summers in Gouldsboro, where she was married last year to husband Mike McCuddy.
Those interested in participating must long onto www.schoodicartsforall.org and fill out an application to audition. The first 200 applicants will be invited to attend the audition, set for Thursday, July 8, at Hammond Hall. Of those 200, a total of 30 singers will be chosen to perform at the two elimination rounds on July 15 and 22. The final competition, with Kara DioGuardi judging, will be held on Saturday, July 24.
The competition is open to singers aged 13 and over from Maine. Two other judges and audience participation will be factored into the final scores. Tickets for the July 24, final round are limited; a $20 general admission ticket is available by calling 963-2569.
The next Schoodic Arts for All event is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight, with a performance from singer-songwriter Jimmy Barnes.