- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Calling all karaoke kings: The Illinois and Du Quoin state fairs are looking for undiscovered talent.

To find it, they’re turning to karaoke sing-offs this summer. Eight county fairs will host qualifying rounds.

The first and second place winners will advance to a finale at the Illinois State Fair on Aug. 20. The overall winner will get a chance to perform two songs the same night before the Little Big Town concert.

The winner will also get to perform at the Du Quoin State Fair.

State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon says the idea is to draw a new audience to county fairs that he called vital to rural economies.

Participants must be 18 or older to compete. Complete contest rules can be found online.

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