BY ETHAN FORMAN
---- — DANVERS — For singers who want to follow in the footsteps of “American Idol” top-three finalist Angie Miller of Beverly, the upcoming Danvers Idol contest could be just the thing.
Contestants will have a chance to win $500 and sing in front of 25,000 people at the Danvers Family Festival’s fireworks.
Tryouts for the sixth annual Danvers Idol contest are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. So far, about 25 people signed up to try out for the event, but there is room for more contestants, said Gardner Trask, a member of the festival committee who is helping to organize the contest.
Organizers are looking for vocalists from all over the North Shore to take part in this Saturday’s preliminaries at Danvers Community Access Television studios, 87 Elm St.
On June 28, the contest will heat up when 10 finalists take to the stage starting at 7 p.m. in Danvers High School, in the newly renovated auditorium. Judges will include Erika Van Pelt, a Rhode Island native and singer who placed 10th in the 11th season of “American Idol;” Karen Nascembeni of North Shore Music Theatre; Tom Page of Decibel Architects and Jacyn Tremblay, a member of the local female vocal group Jada.
Van Pelt will even debut a song from her upcoming CD during the intermission of the finals, Trask said.
During this show, the audience will whittle the field down to three finalists, who will then perform that same evening for a chance to be crowned the 2013 Danvers Idol.
All 10 finalists will receive sponsored prizes. The third-place finisher will get $100, the second-place finisher, $150, and the winner will get $500, plus recording-studio time and the chance to sing in front of tens of thousands at the July 3 fireworks festival in Plains Park.
The contest and the viewing of the finals on June 28 are open to all.
For event details, contest rules and registration information, go to http://www.DanversFamilyFestival.com.
Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.