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‘Idol’ competition comes to Agawam

Date: 2/5/2015

AGAWAM – A long-running singing contest is making its way to Agawam.

Well, sort of.

The Springfield Turnverein in Feeding Hills will be hosting “Agawam Idol,” a local version of the popular television show.

Though two weeks of heavy snow have pushed back the first round of auditions for two weeks in a row, the show will kick off on Feb. 9 and 10 at 6 p.m., according to Joanne Sullivan. Sullivan serves on the Springfield Turnverein committee and helped to plan the event. 

“The weather has not been cooperating with us at all,” Sullivan said.

The snow may have delayed the first day of competition, but it has not dampened the excitement for Agawam residents to show off their vocals and for the less musically inclined to enjoy the performances.

“We’re hoping to have people come out and enjoy themselves and get involved in the shows,” Sullivan said. “It’s amazing because if you see any of the shows on T.V., it’s amazing how many talented singers there are out there with potential to be great singers.”

While Agawam Idol is a chance for live entertainment and fun, the contestants are competing for some serious prizes, including cash and recording time at Dogwood Audio in Chicopee. Though it may be a friendly competition, recording time is precious for someone who is trying to make a break, Sullivan said.

The contestants will be the mercy of the panel of judges, mostly made up of area musicians and songwriters. Mayor Richard Cohen will also serve as a guest judge, Sullivan said.

The competition will be weekly rounds of performances, all leading up to one big finale.

Sullivan said she hopes that members of the community come out to enjoy a few nights of live music and raw talent, which is what she is most looking forward to.

“I just love to go out and hear talent. I love music. I just think it’s going to be so nice to hear these people singing,” Sullivan said. “I love listening to live music so I think it’s going to really nice for the community.”

The auditions are open to the public to watch and anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to audition after registration. Contestants must preregister for auditions and can be from Agawam or surrounding communities. Preregistration has been extended, and those interested can do so at