Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Baby, I'm Gonna Make You a Star

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Baby, I'm Gonna Make You a Star

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IF THE word a[approximately]karaoke' brings to mind drunken office workers singing Whitney Houston numbers out of tune, think again.

With the popularity of TV shows such as Australian Idol and The X Factor, karaoke has risen to a new level, bringing out of the woodwork a host of fantastic talent.

The Richmond Hotel in Lismore, local home of the Karaoke World Championships, will launch its 12-week Richmond Hotel Karaoke Idol competition on Saturday, September 25, which promises to deliver some fantastic performances for audiences, and some amazing prizes for contestants.

Kyle Smith, promotions manager of The Richmond Hotel, has been running karaoke competitions for more than 20 years and he says he is hoping to unearth some local talent at the event.

"These competitions are a great showcase for local talent," Kyle says. "I've actually got a few acts performing at the moment that I discovered when they came here to compete in karaoke competitions.

"Karaoke is a win-win for everyone because the audiences get to see some great live acts for free a as there is no cover charge a and the acts get a chance to get some experience in front of a live audience in a really fun atmosphere. They can also win some fantastic prizes."

Kyle says the Richmond's Karaoke Idol is open to both non-professionals and professionals.

"There are a lot of people who might be performing once a week at a pub or sing regularly, and they are welcome to enter as well," he said.

The competition is limited to 30 contestants, who will each perform one song a week for the next 12 weeks. Unlike the TV shows, no one is eliminated or picked apart on stage. Contestants will be awarded points and the tally will be kept secret until the end.

"There will be two weekly winners," Kyle said, abut the points tally will decide the ultimate winner. …

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