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December 19, 2007 > Will you be the first Union City Teen Idol?

Will you be the first Union City Teen Idol?

By Emma Victoria G. Blanco

Admit it! You've seen all six seasons of American Idol (AI) and you can't wait for next season to start. Well, you might want to TiVo it and instead support talented Tri-City teens aspiring to make it big by competing at the inaugural Teen Idol Contest, sponsored by the Union City Leisure Services (UCLS).

If you are a loyal AI fan, you may have seen Jumoke Hill audition for season five. Though he sang his heart out in front of judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, he was told "No to Hollywood." That hasn't stopped Hill from living a life filled with music. As recreation leader for Union City's Leisure Services, he thought that a local talent competition would be a great after-school program of interest to Tri-City teens.

The Union City Teen Idol Contest is open to 12 - 17 year-old singers and rappers. There are three rounds in the competition which all take place at the William C. May Jr. Teen Center in Union City. Round one will start at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan.18 & 25. Contestants are asked to prepare a song or rap routine of 30-60 seconds in length and performed "a cappella" during the first round of auditions. Selected contestants will be asked to return for the second round of competition which will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. Contestants are permitted to bring an instrumental track in CD format for this round of competition, as performing to tracks with words is not allowed. Judges will select ten talented individuals to return for the final round, which will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.

Like American Idol, three judges will judge the Teen Idol competition: Hill, Marissa Vera (Supervisor with the Union City Youth Commission) and a third judge yet to be determined, but will likely be another commission member. The Youth Commission will be sponsoring the prizes which include studio recording time, mp3 player(s) and other music related prizes.

Hill and UCLS are expecting a great turnout and invite teens from all over the Tri-City area to try out. Even if you don't intend to compete or not a teen, come out and give your support. You never know... the first Union City Teen Idol might just end up going to Hollywood and becoming an American Idol too.

For more information, call (510) 675-5276 or visit

Union City Teen Idol Competition

Round One
Friday, Jan. 18 & 25
4 p.m.

Round Two
Friday, Feb. 1
4 p.m.

Round Three/Finals
Friday, Feb. 8
6 p.m.

William C. May Jr. Teen Center
1200 J St., Union City
(510) 675-5276

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