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Manteca Idol tryouts starting this Saturday
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Those brave enough to step before the judges and claim the titles of Manteca Idol and Young Manteca Idol will finally get their chance - three of them actually.

The Manteca Idol committee will be holding tryouts for the competition beginning on Saturday, July 10, and repeating again on Saturday, July 17, and Saturday, July 24.

And according to Director of Operations Melanee Scarborough, there should be plenty of familiar faces mixed in with newcomers hoping that they have what it takes to walk away with the title and the cash prize at the end of the competition when it wraps up in November.

Last year, committee members Scarborough, Jeff Hannon, Julie Torres, Anne and Phil Talcott, and Michelle Brown completely redesigned the format of the competition – which will once again be held at Chez Shari – that helped breathe new life into what had become somewhat a redundant annual event held to raise money in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club annual telethon.

A finals round was introduced where the best five Idol contestants and the three best Junior Idol contestants were asked to come back week after week and perform not only songs of their choice, but tunes that were selected by the judges in order to determine their total range.

By the time the final round actually rolled around, Chez Shari was packed with friends, family, and onlookers who wanted to see who would walk away victorious.

But, Scarborough says, one of the most intriguing aspects of the new format was the camaraderie among the participants themselves – taking a little bit of the “competition” aspect away from what had previously been just that.

“There wasn’t any nitpickiness and a sense of family among all of those who participated,” she said. “Friendships were built, and each of the participants was rooting for the others when they took the stage.

“That’s something that we hadn’t seen before, and as a committee, we were extremely happy to see that.”

Tickets for the event will still be $5 at the door, and season passes will once again be available for the families and friends of contestants.