ABOUT 20 young singers battled it out in the Festival Idol competition on Saturday.
The performers auditioned for spots in the finals of the competition, which will be held on March 20 at Bendigo Senior Secondary College.
Organiser Alf Thorpe said the event was held each year as part of the Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival, in a bid to kickstart the careers of young performers.
“Most of them are teenagers, but we did have one person who was 32 compete,” he said.
“They sang one song in front of judges to try to make it into the finals.
“Most of them are pretty good singers but occasionally we get some roughies.
“There’s an awful lot of talent out there waiting to be discovered.”
Mr Thorpe said most performers were from Bendigo, but some had travelled from Woodend and Lancefield for the competition.
“I’d encourage people to come along to the final,” he said.
“They’re always treated to an excellent concert with some very talented artists.
“Last year we had a ventriloquist who won an audience award, so there’s quite a variety of performers.”
Contestants will compete for a $500 cash prize from the judges and an audience prize of $250 in the final.
Contact Mr Thorpe on 0411 540 547 for more information.