Monday, March 14, 2005

Tennessee Town Holds Dolly Parton Version Of ‘American Idol’

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Sevierville, Tennessee, will soon be celebrating its most famous citizen, Dolly Parton, with its own version of American Idol.

On May 21, Sevierville will be holding the 1st Annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition where all contestants must sing a Parton song in whatever style they choose.

Luckily, Parton has written more than 3000 songs that have been recorded by everyone from Whitney Houston to the White Stripes.

A panel of judges from Parton’s amusement park, Dollywood, will judge the singers on their creativity, so contestants are encouraged to adapt her tunes to any style they choose, even rap.

There are some no-nos: Festival organizer Amanda Maples is warning singers “not to impersonate Dolly physically or vocally. We don’t want karaoke.”

Applications and rules for the Parton songfest can be found at and entries must be received by April 5. The top Parton interpreter wins $500 and a studio recording session.

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