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SEOUL — Servicemembers at Army bases in the Pacific can compete in the new Military Idol competition this summer for a chance to earn $500 for themselves, $500 more for their units and a free trip to the United States for an Armywide final competition in October worth $1,000.

Eligible are active-duty servicemembers — including soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines — assigned to one of the 35 installations worldwide hosting the events. Soldiers not assigned to the installations can compete but must provide their own transportation to the competitions.

The contest, modeled after the TV program “American Idol,” is produced in cooperation with that show’s production company.

It’s open to vocalists who have passed their recent physical-fitness test and have no Uniform Code of Military Justice actions against them.

The competition begins with an a cappella performance before three judges, who decide which performers proceed to round two. After that, performances must be accompanied by recorded music on a CD. Audience members eliminate contestants in each round.

Winners earn $500 for themselves and $500 more for their unit. They receive a free temporary-duty trip to the national competition. Second-place winners receive $300 and third-place winners, $100.

Participants must sign up by July 22 for the individual competitions, which run Aug. 1 to Sept. 30.

Finalists will face off Oct. 17-22 at Fort Gordon, Ga., in a national competition. The Pentagon channel will feature a 90-minute special broadcast on the finals.

For more information, rules or an entry form, contact the contest representative at each base or visit www.militaryidol.com.

How to enter the competition ...

Here are the locations and contacts for the Military Idol competition this summer. Any servicemember assigned to the installations can compete. Soldiers from other locations also may enter but must pay for their own transportation to one of the competitions.

Japan

Camp Zama: Community Club. Contact Hiroaki Takase at: hiroaki.takase@zama.army.mil or DSN 263-3939.

South Korea

Camp Casey: The Gateway Club. Contact John Antes at: antesj@korea.army.mil.

Camp Walker: The Hilltop Club. Contact Luis Rios at: riosl@korea.army.mil or DSN 768-7418.

Yongsan Garrison: Main Post Club. Contact Mario E. Farrulla at: mario.farrulla@korea.army.mil.

Camp Humphreys: Community Activities Center. Contact Charles Chesmore at: chesmorec@korea.army.mil.

(For rules and more information, visit www.militaryidol.com.)

— Juliana Gittler

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