One lucky person will win audition with an American Idol producer

HARTFORD, CT (July 23, 2010) – On Monday, July 26, FOX CT will hold an open call for its Connecticut Idol contest at Mohegan Sun's The Cabaret Theatre.

The first 200 people in line, ages 15-28 (must be born on or between July 16, 1981 and July 15, 1995), will get the opportunity to sing their hearts out as they vie for the title of Connecticut Idol. The winner will be transported to the regional American Idol tryouts in New Jersey by Lindsey Limousine for an audition with an American Idol producer.

"We're giving one local person the opportunity of a lifetime – a chance to audition directly in front of a producer from one of America's most beloved TV shows – American Idol," said Rich Graziano, publisher of The Courant and general manager of FOX CT and The CT. "That's something no other television station in the market can offer."

Connecticut Idol hopefuls will sing a cappella for one minute in front of a panel of local judges:

  • Sarah French – FOX CT Morning News anchor and a former Miss Missouri
  • Catherine Kalonia – director of marketing for Jorgensen Center of the Performing Arts in Storrs
  • Michael O'Flaherty – resident music director of the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam
  • Julie Stapf – director of marketing and communications for Hartford Stage and a classically trained musician
  • Trish Torello – WATR radio sales manager and an accomplished actress and singer

The Cabaret Theatre is a 350-seat auditorium in Mohegan Sun. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and auditions start at 10 a.m. The winner will be announced on the mall concourse at 7 p.m. For information and eligibility requirements, visit

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