Clarendon Hills Idol contest to return, with some changes

Derek Berg, organizer of the Daisy Days Idol singing competition, congratulates 2013 Clarendon Hills Idol winner Kate Melvin. | File photo
Derek Berg, organizer of the Daisy Days Idol singing competition, congratulates 2013 Clarendon Hills Idol winner Kate Melvin. | File photo

After a successful inaugural event as Clarendon Hills Idol, the singing competition scheduled for June 14 at Daisy Days has a new name along with some new procedures and rules.

Daisy Days Idol is the new name of the competition, which is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the annual Daisy Days festival in downtown Clarendon Hills.

“The name change is just to make it sound a little more open; we want people from Hinsdale and other nearby towns to participate,” said Derek Berg, the owner of Clarendon Hills Music Academy and organizer of the singing competition, which is loosely modeled after the TV show, “American Idol.”

One of the rule changes for 2014 limits contestants to being residents of Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Western Springs, Oak Brook, Willowbrook, Burr Ridge, Darien, Westmont or Downers Grove.

“That change was because we wanted to give it more of a local feel,” Berg said. “We had the District 181 Foundation partner with us this year as a sponsor. Not all of the towns we’re accepting people from are in District 181, but these are all towns that are close to Clarendon Hills.”

Berg said partnering with the foundation means Daisy Days Idol would have an additional entity promoting the event. It also means the foundation will receive proceeds from the $20 entry fees.

“We wanted to give an element of service to this, and the foundation has a big focus this year on the arts,” Berg said.

Another change for the 2014 competition is the elimination of adult participants; there were three contestants 18 and older in 2013.

“That’s one of the things we heard as feedback from people who came to watch last year; they are there to watch the kids,” Berg said.

The 2014 competition will be divided into two or three showcases. The first if for those in first through fifth grades, the second is for sixth through eighth grades. And the third, if there is sufficient interest by participants, will be for high school students.

“The whole idea of this is giving a platform to young kids to do their thing,” Berg said. “The difference between elementary kids and middle school kids is huge, so we wanted to have separate showcases for them.”

Registration for Daisy Days Idol ends June 6 and must include a 30-second audition video of audio Mp3 file.

“Even a simple phone video will be fine,” Berg said. “We wanted to keep it fairly simple, but we will use the submissions to decide who will compete at Daisy Days. We can accommodate up to 18 people for each showcase.”

More information about registration is available online at http://www.clarendonhillsmusicacademy.com/idol/.

Berg said several of the contestants from 2013 would participate again in the idol competition, including the defending champion Kate Melvin, a Clarendon Hills Middle School student from Hinsdale.

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