DEXHEIM, Germany — While the audience will applaud the performers, don’t expect the judges to sit idle — or to be mute, especially the guy dressed in black with a British accent.

“They better be prepared,” Army Staff Sgt. Brenda Brown warned the contestants.

Brown and the man in black are two of five judges who will reign supreme Thursday night at an event Army organizers are calling the “Dexheim Idol.” Children also will be encouraged to participate.

Last year, a similar stage event, modeled after the syndicated television program “Showtime at the Apollo,” drew about 500 people to the Dexheim Theater on Anderson Barracks.

“We’re back by popular demand,” Brown said of the fund-raising effort.

Sponsored by Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, or BOSS, the talent show is slated for 7 p.m. Thursday. An audition is scheduled for Saturday at the theater from 1 to 6 p.m., though the organizer said exceptions will be made for those who want to take part, but can’t attend the audition.

“We’re not turning anyone down,” said Spc. Robin Eckstein, the show’s organizer and president of the BOSS chapter in Dexheim.

Aside from the talent, one of the stars of the show will be Maj. Danny Tilzey, the executive officer of the 123rd Main Support Battalion in Dexheim. Born in Britain but now a naturalized American, Tilzey will assume the role of Simon Cowell, the blunt Brit of “American Idol” fame.

Tilzey “berates people anyway, just like Simon Cowell,” Capt. Christopher Noe, a company commander, said in jest. With the accent and attire, “he’ll be perfect.”

Between 20 and 25 performers are expected to take part, Eckstein said. Trophies and prizes will go out to the top two performers in each category: adults, and contestants 17 and younger.

Admission is $5. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 pay $2, while younger children get in for free.

“I’m going to be one of the tough judges,” Brown said with an air of haughtiness. “I’m also going to be comical.”

We’ll see what the “real” panel — the audience — thinks about that.

For information, contact Eckstein at: 0160-925-78806.

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