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July 1, 2008
Singers wanted!

OK, so it's not "American Idol," but the California State Fair is on the prowl for undiscovered talent for the 2008 State Fair Star talent show and competition.

Is there a David Cook or a Carly Smithson lurking among us?

If so, the prelim auditions will be held Friday (Fourth of July) at the Independence Day Celebration at Cal Expo's Budweiser Grandstand. You must be 16 to 28 years old (just like "Idol") and dream of singing before a judge like Simon Cowell.

You need to reserve an audition spot ASAP by e-mailing or call (916) 274-0424. Leave your name, age and contact info.

If you're not burned out on hotdogs and potato salad that day, be prepared to perform a one- to two-minute acappella version (read: no music) of the song of your choice. Arrive at the Budweiser Grandstand by 5 p.m. Yes, walk-ins are welcome, but those who signed up get first dibs at the audition. And please, don't sing "Witchy Woman." Judges hate that!

Those of you who pass the "Paula Abdul" standard of singing (just kidding) will be invited to compete against other statewide winners on Sept. 1., the last day of the State Fair.The grand prize? Cash, vocal lessons and someone, somewhere who will help prepare you for the next level of competition.

That would be "Idol,", "Nashville Star" or "Don't Forget the Lyrics." OK, so that last one isn't actually a competition!

Start singing in front of a mirror or in the shower. But don't trust friends and family to tell you how great you are!

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