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Windy City Gay Idol kicks off eighth year

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CHICAGO—Windy City Gay Idol, now in its eighth year, kicks off the year's search for the best LGBT singers in the Chicago area.

Windy City Gay Idol, produced by Windy City Media Group and premium sponsors Miller Lite and Bacardi, kicks off Thursday, April 8 at the Glenwood Bar in Rogers Park and continues with preliminary competitions around Chicago's LGBT bars.

Windy City Gay Idol 2010 preliminary competitions are one night only at many different bar locations, where as many as 20 participants sing at each venue. All contestants compete for the chance to advance to the semifinals Saturday, June 5, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted. Results from every preliminary, semifinal and final event come from audience votes. Votes from friends, family and audience members hopefully land them on the stage at the Finals Saturday, June 19 at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted.

Premium sponsors this year are Miller Lite and Bacardi. Other co-sponsors include: American Airlines, Ravinia, Autobarn Limited, Creaoke, and Windy City Media Group.

The winner of the entire event at Sidetrack is awarded $1,000 in cash, a pair of American Airlines tickets, Bacardi and Miller Lite premium gifts, Ravinia tickets, and more, not to mention the coveted title of Windy City Gay Idol 2010.

The event is open to all amateur singers age 21 and above, regardless of sexual orientation. There is a $10 signup fee for singers, and a $5 fee for audience members at all preliminary events. There is a $10 cover at the semifinals and finals at Sidetrack.

What follows is the first part of the Windy City Gay Idol 2010 schedule:

—Thursday, April 8: The Glenwood, 6962 N Glenwood, 7 p.m. sign-up, 8 p.m. start

—Tuesday, April 20: Jackhammer, 6406 N. Clark, 9 p.m. sign-up, 10 p.m. start

—Thursday, April 22: Spin, 800 W. Belmont, 8 p.m. sign-up, 9 p.m. start

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