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September 1, 2006
Seeing stars


The California State Fair has gone Hollywood - sort of. If you've got plans to visit the fair on Sunday, the next-to-the-last day of its run this year, the finals of the "State Fair Star" talent competition are on tap at 7 p.m.

The general public - that's you and me - will get an earful from 13 contestants (ages 17 to 27, from all over Northern California), who will compete in a singing contest. The winner will get a prize package that includes: $1,000 cash, a makeover, vocal lessons, a shopping spree and a round-trip ticket to - but what else? - a nationwide singing competition, courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

Let's see, hmmm, and which of those auditions are currently taking place? Well, there's "American Idol's," of course! According to the fair, most of the 13 contestants say they'll take the plane ticket and book it to Seattle; the "Idol" audition there is set for Sept. 19 at Key Arena.

The two other singing auditions taking place are "Nashville Star" and "America's Got Talent."

Here's how it will work on Sunday: A panel of judges (not Simon Cowell) will select the top three contestants, and the audience will crown the overall winner. The song stylings: a range of adult contemporary (read: Elliott Yamin) to country (read: Kellie Pickler) to R&B (read: Chris Daughtry). The show is free with fair admission and will take place at the Golden1 Stage at Cal Expo.

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