Students vie for Campus Idol honours

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SPRINGHILL - Idol mania has hit the campuses of the Nova Scotia Community College.

Mellissa Gooding, a student at Cumberland Campus will represent her peers at the event slated for Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m at NSCC Pictou Campus in Stellarton. Breakfast Television's Cyril Lunney will host the event that features nine talented finalists from NSCC campuses across the province.

"This all started for me with Aaron Moore who suggested I try out. He heard me sing karaoke and though I'd be good'' Gooding said.

SPRINGHILL - Idol mania has hit the campuses of the Nova Scotia Community College.

Mellissa Gooding, a student at Cumberland Campus will represent her peers at the event slated for Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m at NSCC Pictou Campus in Stellarton. Breakfast Television's Cyril Lunney will host the event that features nine talented finalists from NSCC campuses across the province.

"This all started for me with Aaron Moore who suggested I try out. He heard me sing karaoke and though I'd be good'' Gooding said.

"I' not big into competitions so I guess you can say I'm taking one for the team,'' she added.

The self-professed 80s chick, Gooding likes to sing all forms of music with the exception of polka she quipped.

Gooding will perform Christina Aguilera's monster hit 'Hurt' (See clip at www.amherstdaily.com) and 'Bring Me to Life by Evanescence' for the competition.

As the massively successful television shows Canadian Idol and American Idol have demonstrated, song selection will undoubtedly play a big part in who wins the College Idol title which includes $750, a cell phone and a trophy.

"I will be singing karaoke style while I know others will play their own instruments as thy perform,'' she said.

"They will be judging this as close to the real Idol as possible."

College Idol judges include former Canadian Idol contestant Kevin Murdock, R&B artist Corey Adams, CKEC Radio personality Ann MacGregor and vocal and piano instructor Amanda MacIntosh will be tasked with selecting the top vocal performance.

Pictou County singer-songwriter Steve Auld will also perform during the show. Tickets are $5 in advance ($7 at the door) and are available through your local NSCC Student Association until March 23 and at NSCC Pictou until the show.



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Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, College Idol, NSCC Student Association

Geographic location: Stellarton, Pictou County

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