WANNABEE pop stars will be hoping to make an ‘arresting’ sight when the popular Cop Idol singing contest comes to Touchwood, Solihull on Friday March 27.
Hosted by radio personality Les Ross MBE from BBC WM, the police-backed event will see contestants sing their hearts out before a panel of judges with successful contestants going forward until just 12 acts remain.
The final will take place in September with all money from ticket sales being donated to the Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust who care for life limited children and their families from across the West Midlands region.
The successful performers or choir will then get the chance to have a record cut at the Priory Recording Studio in Sutton Coldfield.
Cop Idol organiser, Darren Yates said: “It doesn’t matter if you’re seven or 75, we’re looking for contestants of all ages and abilities who are guilty of being able to sing, and we’re certainly keen to hear from more bands and choirs to audition!
“These events are a fantastic opportunity for our Neighbourhood Policing Units to engage new links with the community, help someone on the road to stardom and raise money for life limited children. We’re also hoping to discover a few potential police recruits too.”
Lucy Burnett, marketing manager at Touchwood added: “Cop Idol is a great opportunity for budding singers to showcase their talent, whilst raising money for a fantastic cause. We encourage everyone to come along to Touchwood on March 27 and show their support for both our local entries and the Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust.”
Last year’s winner Dominic Harris went on to reach the final stages of ITV’S X Factor.
Mike Tague, regional fund raising manager for Acorns said: “We are thrilled to be supported by this year’s Cop Idol contest. Acorns is desperately trying to raise the funds it needs to not only continue its existing service but to also care and support the hundreds of local life limited children and their families who do not currently benefit from Acorns.
“Cop Idol is a great project and we wish all the competitors well in their auditions.”
The competition runs from 11am until 4pm. If you want to take part, pre-register your interest by visiting: www.west-midlands.police.uk/copidol.