American Idol contests will judge NOVA Idol competition

Jasmine Bryant photoJasmine Bryant, NOVA Idol 2015

NOVA Idol 2016 returns with strong vocalists from all six campuses of Northern Virginia Community College and local high schools. After several rounds of auditions and the semi-finals in December, judges chose 12 finalists to compete in the finals at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at NOVA-Alexandria.

NOVA Idol started as a small talent show in a classroom on NOVA’s Alexandria Campus and has grown into a popular event over the past 13 years. This year, local celebrities from the nationally-televised American Idol competition participants Rayvon Owen (4th place, season 14) and Sara Sturm (top 50, farewell season) will be assisting with the competition and singing one of their favorite songs.

Participants will have the chance to work with a professional vocal coach to develop confidence, advance their skills and stage presence, compete for generous cash prizes and recording studio time and represent their schools and communities as the next NOVA Idol. They will also have the opportunity to practice their performance skills, get objective and supportive feedback from professional educators and musicians and share their talents with classmates and neighbors.

Before the show, NOVA Idol will host a preshow at 6 p.m. to recognize other non-singing talents in the community. The community is invited to join NOVA, Owen and Sturm as they decide which singers will be worthy of the grand prizes. NOVA Idol is free and open to the public.


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