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Registration now open for Albany STAR talent search

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- The city's second annual Albany Star talent search is looking for the area's most talented singers to perform during a May event, officials say.

The event is open to anyone eight years old and up, Roni Ware of the city's Parks and Recreation Department said.

Entrants must register and pick out a song from a pre-approved list, which has been posted to the group's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AlbanySTAR.

"That's probably the easiest way to enter. The rules are there, the form is there and the song list is there," Ware said.

In a new twist this year, the city is allowing entrants to post short, 30-second videos of themselves singing onto the page.

For those who are Facebook-challenged, all of the materials are also available at Parks and Recreation's office at 1301 North Monroe Street in Tift Park, Ware said.

Those who enter the contest will perform live at the Veteran's Amphitheater downtown on May 21 in a preliminary contest. A second preliminary competition will be held August 6 with the finalists from both dates squaring off at the city's Riverjam Festival September 24.

Song choice will be controlled in an effort to avoid a repeat of last year's event when many of those who participated sang the same songs.

While the contest is limited to individual singers, participants can bring an accompanist with them, otherwise, music for each song on the list will be provided.

For more information, visit the group's Facebook page, follow ALBANYSTAR_1 on Twitter or call Parks and Recreation at 430-5222.