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10th Annual Windy City Gay Idol Semifinals June 2nd
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CHICAGO - Windy City Gay Idol, now in its 10th year, is one step closer to crowning a Gay Idol. Don't miss the Semifinals on Saturday, June 2 at Sidetrack, 3349 N Halsted, with doors at 2 p.m., show at 3 p.m. The largest annual search for the best amateur gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered singers in the Chicago area continues, after ten preliminary events, with the top 23 finalists all competing for a spot in the Top Twelve at the Finals which will be held Saturday, June 16.

Windy City Gay Idol is produced by Windy City Times and Windy City Media Group. Idol winners have gone on to sing at Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, Market Days and at festivals in Illinois, Indiana, Milwaukee, and Toronto. Plus the Windy City Gay Idol Finals in 2008 featured a then unknown Lady Gaga as a guest performer.

Audience votes determine the Top Twelve Finalists. A panel of judges will provide feedback throughout the event. Judges include: Nightspots' editor Kirk Williamson, Heather Schmucker ( Producer of American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern ) and performer Mitchell Fain ( Lookingglass, Midnight Circus and Second City ) .

The Windy City Gay Idol winner will be awarded $1,000 cash, a dream vacation to Vancouver, theater /concert tickets, plus the coveted title of Windy City Gay Idol 2012.

Audience members will win big as well at the Semifinals! One audience member at the Semifinals will win a trip for two to Vancouver. Others will win tickets to Rock of Ages, and other exciting Chicago shows.

The guest performer at the Semifinals is a highly entertaining all-girl band, Hot Mess, covering favorite songs from Michael Jackson to Adele, the Beatles to Cee Lo Green, Lenny Kravitz to Kelly Clarkson. For more info visit

There is a $10 cover, which includes a free drink ticket. All audience members are entered to win prizes.

The 2012 Windy City Gay Idol is produced by Windy City Media Group alongside its Premium sponsor, Smirnoff Vodka. Other Sponsors include: Creaoke, Tourism Vancouver, Vancouver Coast & Mountains, Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle, Speed Pro Imaging, Broadway in Chicago, and American Airlines.

Participating 2012 bars include: Jackhammer, The Glenwood, The Call, Crew, Spin, DS Tequila, T's, Touche, The Closet, Roscoe's and Sidetrack.


Windy City Gay Idol 2012 preliminary competitions were held one night only at different bars. As many as 20 participants sang at each venue, where all contestants competed for the chance to advance to the finals Saturday, June 16 at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted. Results from every preliminary, semi-final and final event come from audience votes. Votes from friends, family and audience members hopefully land them on the stage at the finals.

With more than $5,000 in cash and prizes, all contestants will face local celebrity judges that include singers, DJs, actors, talent and casting agents, and others familiar with the performance arena.

Complete rules and regulations at

Windy City Media Group ( WCMG ) produces Windy City Times, Nightspots, OUT! Resource Guide, Identity online, and . WCMG is also the producer of these annual events: Windy City Gay Idol, Gays Got Talent, 30 Under 30 and the Windy City Times Theater Series. To download all of our products visit . Send questions to or call ( 773 ) 871-7610.

Contact: Cynthia Holmes, Promotions Director 734-834-0491

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