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Italian Idol is Gaga for Lady Gaga!

In our continuing effort to bring an exciting vocal talent competition to the stage, our 12th year of Italian Idol will feature new and exciting elements. No “Bad Romance” here as we’re celebrating Lady Gaga as one of our “Italian Idols.” On Friday night, July 19, we’ll be hosting a “Dress Like Gaga” contest, and a Club Idol Dance Party after the show. All Festa fans are welcome, and no special registration is required. Bring your dancing shoes and join us for a special night of fun featuring some of our former Italian Idol competitors and our Italian Idol staff.

This year, competitors will have the option to accompany themselves on acoustic guitar or ukulele. Additionally, much like American Idol, we’re holding pre-Festa auditions at the Italian Community Center for people wanting to compete in the Friday and Saturday night shows. Finalists from these shows will be selected to compete Sunday night for the coveted title of Italian Idol, and a total of $1,000 in cash prizes.

Italian Idol is an amateur vocal competition for those 14 years of age and older. All genres of music are welcome, and you don’t need to be of Italian descent. In lieu of the usual Italian themed second song on Sunday night, our finalists will be asked to perform from a selection of Lady Gaga hits. We’ve ramped up the level of competition, including a new Italian Idol music maestro. In other words, no karaoke screen with words. This is the real deal. #THISisItalianIdol.

We’re excited to announce some contestants have already made the show, and look forward to qualifying more. If you’re interested in auditioning of a slot in the show, follow Italian Idol on Facebook for information, or contact Italian Idol Co-Manager and Emcee, Sandy Winard, 262-573-7222 or email:

Italian Idol takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, July 19-21, at 8:30 p.m. on the Cucina Showcase Stage. Sponsoring the competition this year is Pompeii Women’s Club. Join on the conversation on Facebook. 



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