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Posted: Friday, July 20, 2007 12:00 am

Residents of South Texas will no longer have to dream about being the next American Idol.

They can be it.

“American Idol is the biggest singing competition in the world,” said Myra Marroquin, general sales manager for XRIO. Residents of the Rio Grande Valley have the opportunity to strut their stuff in front of judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, but only if they win the South Texas Idol competition.

Win or lose though, competing in South Texas Idol is a way for young singers to get their name out in the public and to bring fame and recognition to the Rio Grande Valley, Marroquin said.

“There is so much talent that comes from the South Texas market,” she said. “We know that the talent pool is here.”

XRIO Fox 2 television station is sponsoring the South Texas Idol competition on July 28 and 29.

The winner of the competition wins airfare and hotel accommodations for two people to Dallas on August 2 through August 6 to meet with and audition for American Idol producers.

The preliminary rounds for South Texas Idol begin at 8 a.m. July 28 at South Texas College’s Pecan campus, with the finals July 29 at Cine El Rey in McAllen. Although hopefuls should have pre-registered, those who did not may still have the opportunity to compete — if they are between the ages of 16 and 28 and bring two forms of identification on the audition day. Complete rules for the competition can be found at www.myfoxrio.com/idol.

Marroquin expects between 200 and 500 contestants. “This is the real deal,” Marroquin said. “It is exactly like the Arizona Idol that Jordin Sparks won. That audition allowed her to get to the finals.”

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Paige Lauren Deiner covers features and entertainment for The Monitor. You can reach her at (956) 683-4425.

What: South Texas Idol

When: 8 a.m. Saturday, July 28

Where: South Texas College, 3201 W. Pecan Blvd., McAllen

For more Information: Visit www.myfoxrio.com/idol/auditions.php

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