By GARY PULEO
NORRISTOWN — It’s time once again to not-so-idly shift your pop star dreams into high gear for the Montco Idol contest, beginning Feb. 25.
Do you have the Broadway-esque chops of a Tammy Tuckey or a Molly McClane?
Or are you more of the rocking Aubrey DeMedio type?
All three finalists took DeKalb Street by storm last May when they performed for the outdoor crowd at the Norristown Arts Hill Festival.
The ebullient Tuckey, who had brought the curtain down on the concert with her animated rendition of “That’s How I Know” from the 2007 Disney film “Enchanted,” was crowned Montco Idol.
Noting that she was pleased to hear more “theater voices” in the competition, perennial judge and acclaimed singer Alaina Nelson noted that the Hatboro-Horsham High School senior “really embodied the character. You can’t go wrong with a theater song, ever. So, great job.”
Yes, the ability to engage an audience is a significant part of the Montco Idol profile that judges will be looking for.
But way before it gets to that point you’ll need to capture your talents in video or audio formats (video submissions are encouraged) upload them to the contest page online or submit a DVD or CD to Montco Idol, The Times Herald, P.O. Box 591, Norristown, PA 19404-0591 by March 23.
Sponsored by Digital First Media, which includes The Times Herald, The Mercury, The Reporter, Montgomery Media and Mainline Media newspapers, the third annual Montco Idol Contest welcomes original and cover tunes from participants ages 13 and up.
Judges — who will again include singer Nelson and a Forge Recording Studio representative — will choose what they believe to be the cream of the crop, whittling the entrants down to a dozen.
The public will vote for the top three out of those 12, with that lucky trinity singing their way into the winner’s circle with solo performances at the sixth annual Norristown Arts Hill Festival on May 2.
The individual ultimately crowned Montco Idol will get a $1,000 grand prize package that includes a professionally recorded demo at Forge Recording in Oreland.