Top contestants have been chosen for the eighth annual Keene IDOL fundraiser of AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region who will compete over the course of five consecutive Fridays, July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5.  This year the event will be held in the function room at McCue’s on Emerald Street, Keene.  Owner Tom Nephew has generously offered his space at no cost to support the agency’s largest fundraiser, representing a savings of $1800.  

Returning adults include 2011 grand-prize winner Nate Wesley, 2007 grand-prize winner Karen Bays and 2009 grand-prize winner Wade Garrett.   Performers will compete for the top three spots as well as the Audience Favorite Award and are Rebekah Autrey, Karen Bays, Scott Bedard, Tony Bourque, Shauna Crosby, John Curran, David Drewing, Kim Drewing, Kate Duchesneau, Laural Ferguson, Wade Garrett, Erin Girouard, Heather Kovacs, Karin Leach, Haleigh Lord, Kay Perkins, Deb Pickering, Kiara Sampson, Michelle Sargent, Courtney Swift, Megan Ward and Nathan Wesley.

Eight contestants have entered this year’s youth component of IDOL, ranging in age from 8 to 14.  They are Brian Bedard, Sadie Caulfield, Melissa Croteau, Sabryn Farashahi, Nichole Forgues, Scout Landry, Lily Shakour and Anna Wojenski.  They will compete on July 22, 29 and August 5.  Three youth finalists chosen by the judges will advance to the August 5 finale, but the audience will determine who wins the top three spots.      

Check the event website at  for all details. Audience members vote at each adult elimination round to choose the $250 Audience Favorite Award.  Grand prize $1000, second prize $750, third prize $500.  The top three youth contestants will win trophies and prize packages consisting of cash and vendor gift certificates, and all youth will be acknowledged for their participation.

DJ for the event is Aime Theroux of Kicks Karaoke.   Judges are Ted McGreer, Steve Pro and Jen Bond, joined each week by a Mystery Judge in the audience.  Gary Gagnon will serve as Emcee.  IDOL website by David Teubner, owner of Keene Online.   Event televised by Cheshire TV.  Sponsors include Charlesworks, Clark Mortenson Insurance Agency, Days Inn, Engrave It, Health Coach USA, HKS Bruce Murphy, Judy Fine Singers & Musicians Studio, Keene Sentinel, Murphy’s Auto Body, Steve Pro Land Development Services, Ted’s Shoe and Sports and Monadnock Radio Group.

Doors open at 6:00p, show begins at 7p.  Admission $10/person; seating reserved ONLY if paid in advance. RESERVE TICKETS THROUGH AIDS SERVICES ONLY.  Master Card/VISA accepted by calling 603-357-6855. Tickets $15 at the door, if available. AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region is funded in part by the Monadnock United Way, City of Keene and Broadway Cares.