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Minnesota Idol: New Ulm hosts Sings finals

EW ULM — More than 50 singers will be competing in a statewide Minnesota Sings contest this weekend at the State Street Theater.

Doors open Saturday at 7 a.m., with the singing beginning at 8:30 a.m. and running throughout the day. The competition will continue again Sunday morning to until all singers have performed.

In order to be eligible to compete, vocalists qualified in regional competitions. Each regional sent the top two singers into two division to the final in New Ulm.

New Ulm’s regional competition was held at State Street Theater on Sept. 9. In the 13-20 age division, Audrey Beranek of Lafayette took first for her performance of “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. Lilianna Rindal of Lilydale, Minnesota, took second for her performance of “Rise Up” by Andra Day.

In the 21 and older category, Michael J. Koester took first for his performance of “Corner of the Sky” from the musical “Pippin.” Bethany Derrickson of Sleepy Eye took second for her rendition of “Der Holle Rache Kocht In Meinem Herzen” (Queen of the Night) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. All four regional winners will compete over the weekend.

Cash prizes, a recording session and music gear will be awarded to the winners.

The public is encouraged to attend the competition. Admission is $10 per day. Free admission for children 12 and younger.

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