CSUâ€™s got talent, but the popular TV show ASAP has chosen to emulate is â€œAmerican Idol.â€
â€œWeâ€™re hoping to see people who just blow you away,â€ said ASAP Special Event Coordinator Heather Jones.
CSU Idol kicks off with its first round tonight in the RamSkeller at 6 p.m. with free admission. The second round is April 12, also at the Skeller, and the finale is April 20 at the Crewz Control show at the Lincoln Center.
â€œIâ€™m looking forward to seeing lots of talented people, all different kinds of talented people who are really inspiring,â€ said Chaz Miles, who won the competition in 2006 and will serve as a judge this year. He also judged the year after he won in 2007.
Miles agreed to act as judge when asked by Jones. â€œI think itâ€™s a really cool experience,â€ he said.
In 2006, the grand prize was a travel voucher for $300 â€œbecause it was back when we had a travel agency on campus, which sucked because it was only good overseas,â€ Miles laughed.
â€œBut it helped launch your solo career, right?â€ Jones asked.
â€œIt helped,â€ he agreed. â€œI was (performing) before, but I wasnâ€™t doing much performing outside of church.â€
Miles and the Iasis Worship Band sold their first CD, â€œDaddy,â€ in 2009.
This yearâ€™s prizes for the final three contestants have no limitations like those on Milesâ€™ travel voucher, as ASAP has made arrangements with Sony.
â€œThereâ€™s $200 prize money guaranteed,â€ Jones said, â€œand while weâ€™re still working out the details, I think the prizes for the final three contestants might be a tablet, a camera and some nice headphones.â€
â€œThe energy of the event is the best part,â€ said Miles. â€œWhen I did it, there was lots of talent, and lots of people attended.â€
Collegian writer Emily Kribs can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: CSUâ€™s rendition of American Idol
Where: First round: Skeller
Second round: Skeller
Finale: Lincoln Center at Crewz Control show
When: First round: April 5 at 6 p.m.
Second round: April 12 at 6 p.m.
Finale: April 20 at 7 p.m.
More info: www.ASAP.colostate.edu or the CSU Idol Facebook page.