Mohave County home to the next American Idol?

First round Saturday

Local auditions for the eighth season of "American Idol" take place in Glendale on July 25, and with gas prices as high as they are, April Farey wants to make sure Mohave County is well represented.

Farey is the driving force behind "Can Mohave Sing?," a free American Idol-style singing contest where eligible hopefuls can show off their talent in hopes of winning extra cash for the trip to Glendale. The contest's first round is at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Mohave Engineering building at 2202 Stockton Hill Road. "Right now I have five businesses sponsoring it, and I have three panel judges," Farey said. "We're typically basing it off the same (format) as the show."

The contest will feature several elimination rounds, the first of which will occur this Saturday.

Once contestants have been narrowed down, a second series of eliminations will be held the following Saturday, July 19.

"I'm anticipating around 3 or 4 o'clock to award the winner (on the 19th)," Farey said. "There's no music to set up or anything because it's all a cappella."

Farey noted that contestants can sing anything they want, but they must know the song beforehand.

Contestant eligibility will also follow the show's format - contestants must be aged 16 to 29, and those below the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present and willing to sign a waiver for them to sing. Registration begins on-site an hour before the contest, though contestants can also pre-register by calling Farey at (928) 530-6203.

Local sponsors have already donated more than $300 to assist the winner, though Farey is more than happy to take on more. Sponsors include Golden Valley Heating and Cooling, Mohave Integrity Realty, Fastrax Urgent Care, GV Lock and Wireless and Bob Bass of Century 21 Realty.

"I was looking online at the Ramada Express down there, they were averaging $75 to 80 a night," Farey said. "Whatever's donated, it's all going to the person."

Farey warned, however, that it will still be the winner's responsibility to make their way to Glendale. Though the Glendale tryouts don't begin until 7 a.m. July 25 at the Arena, Farey recommends getting there no later than 5 a.m. July 23, before massive lines begin forming for registration.

"That would be so great if we could get somebody down there, if somebody could get through," she said. "This is just another help along the way. I know Mohave can do it if they just come out of the woodwork."