In its first year, the winner of the Sing! Blue Springs competition, Michaelah Burns, went onto win the KC Superstar competition. That success has led to a variety of singing and performing opportunities throughout the Kansas City area for the Blue Springs High School junior.

In its first year, the winner of the Sing! Blue Springs competition, Michaelah Burns, went onto win the KC Superstar competition. That success has led to a variety of singing and performing opportunities throughout the Kansas City area for the Blue Springs High School junior.

Now, Sing! Blue Springs is back and once again open to all students in the Blue Springs School District.

“We had a wonderfully talented group last year,” said Katherine Barton, executive director of the Blue Springs Education Foundation. “I am sure that we will have a larger number of students try out on Jan. 11. This type of talent show is extremely popular across the country. Blue Springs needs to showcase its talent, and what a good way to do it so that all of us can enjoy it.”

Sing! Blue Springs is an “American Idol” style singing competition open to students in grades 9 through 12 in the Blue Springs School District. The event is sponsored by the Blue Springs Education Foundation and will be hosted by Dale Carter, of KFKF Radio and a member of the Blue Springs City Council. Only soloists may enter. No bands or groups will be allowed.

“This is fun for our contestants even if only one student can be the winner,” Barton said. “They have an opportunity to get to know each other through tryouts and group practices. It was wonderful last year to see how composed and professional the finalists were when they were on stage.”

Tryouts for Sing! Blue Springs are Jan. 11 at Blue Springs, Blue Springs South and the Blue Springs Freshman Center. Callbacks will be at 9 a.m. Feb. 25 at Cordill-Mason Elementary, 4001 S.W. Christiansen Road. The top 12 students will be invited to the Sing! Blue Springs finals at 7 p.m. April 14 at Blue Springs High School’s Performing Arts Center.

From there, a three-person judging panel will narrow the contestants to three. The audience will vote on the winner, who will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Burns, the 2011 winner, will perform at the event.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the education foundation and the vocal music department of the winner’s school.

For more information about Sing! Blue Springs, call Barton at 816-564-8287.