Nine-year-old Alexi Blackmore (right) and John Herbaut are

Nine-year-old Alexi Blackmore (right) and John Herbaut are

Singers to compete for Creston’s Best Singer title

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  • Feb. 6, 2012 10:00 a.m.

Twenty singers will be competing Feb. 9 for a chance to win the 2012 edition of Creston’s Best Singer — and the competition is going to be fierce.

“There will be an incredible amount of talent on the stage,” said producer Vern Gorham. “I don’t envy the judges who will be choosing the three finalists next week.”

The audience judged 30 singers on Jan. 19, and the top 20 waited nearly two weeks before their names were released on Feb. 1. For the next round, three out-of-town judges will be voting for the best singer, and, in a Creston first, one will speak after each singer’s performance.

“I had them do that in the Nelson and Grand Forks editions, and it really helped the judges to make a connection with the singers and the audience,” said Gorham.

The winner of next week’s contest will go on to compete in Kootenays’ Best Singer against the winners of the 2011 Nelson and Grand Forks winners, as well as the winners of about a half-dozen upcoming spring contests that will be held in the east and west Kootenays.

But winning and losing aside, the contest will be one the audience is sure to remember.

“It will be a great night of entertainment,” said Gorham. “Everyone should come prepared to have a good time.”

Tickets are $8 for seniors/students/children and $10 for adults in advance at Black Bear Book or Kingfisher Used Books, and $12 at the door.