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Crowning a Chicago Idol

Winner of Idol-like competition gets $15,000 grand prize



    Crowning a Chicago Idol
    Who's got the best singing chops in Chicago? Find out tonight.

    It's been a few months since Kris beat out Adam in the American Idol finale, and despite the drama involving Paula's contract, fans of the show are likely knee-deep in Idol withdrawal. Unfortunately "Dancing Your Ass Off" hasn't been the distraction you thought it would be.

    Perhaps a Chicago Idol-like competition will do the trick.

    "Bar1's Big Break: Discovering Chicago's Best, A Vocal Competition" (a snappy title if we ever saw one), will crown a winner at Duffy's Tavern and Grille (420½ Diversey Ave.) Monday night.

    For the past 10 weeks, wanna-be Hudsons and Aikens have been performing in an elimination-style competition for a shot at a $15,000 grand prize.

    The five finalists include a former American Idol contestant (Nick Lynch), the lead singer of the Grammy-nominated band 911 Mambo Orchestra (Lina Perez), and a Broadway-style rock singer (Jayson Brooks).

    The competition kicks off at 8 p.m. and the winner will be decided by audience vote.

    Which only makes sense, since after several years of watching Simon, you should have your own pithy put-downs perfected by now.