Laughlin Idol set for Jan. 20th

LAUGHLIN AFB, TEXAS -- Look out Simon, Paula and Randy, the oh-so-popular American Idol judges, there's a new competitor on the block.

Laughlin Idol is set to premiere here Jan. 20th at Club Amistad. Instead of the sarcastic-laden trio of judges telling competitors to pack their bags, winners will be determined by audience members' applause.

"It's going to be a talent contest, and we're hoping to do it just like American Idol," said Staff Sgt. Mariya Munguia, Laughlin Idol project officer. She is also the program coordinator for the Air Force Sergeants' Association, which is sponsoring the event.

"We're trying to provide Team XLers with positive fun activities they can do on base," said Chief Master Sgt. Tim Bruce, 47th Flying Training Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. "There are going to be a lot of positives to this and we're going to see what kind of talent Laughlin members have.

Chief Bruce said there will also be an award given out to the squadron with the most people attending Laughlin Idol.

Chief Bruce said that so far, a few people have signed up. "We know there's a lot more talent out there, we just want to ensure we have the entries as soon as possible, so we can set up the best contest possible.

While contest registration is going slowly, sponsors are already stepping up with prizes, Chief Bruce said. The Del Rio Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Association has donated $100, $75 and $50 for top finishers, while the Army and Air Force Exchange Service is anteing up support as well.

Sergeant Munguia said the show is open to anyone with a talent to show off. "Any kind of talent, from singing, dancing, playing the trumpet, just has to in good taste," she said.

The entries are open to military members, E-1 through O-7 as well as Air Force civilians and contractors. There's a $5 entry fee.

For more information, contact Sergeant Munguia at Ext. 5231.