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Talent contest at Lougheed could net Madonna tickets, scholarship

Going back to school could turn one talented teen into a rock star.

As families descend upon Lougheed Town Centre to stock up on supplies for the upcoming school year, the mall is holding Lougheed Sings, a talent contest for budding singers 13 years and older.

The winner, as determined by a panel of judges from the music industry as well as online and in-person voting, will receive two tickets to Madonna's Sept. 30 concert in Vancouver, a $500 shopping spree at the mall and a $4,900 scholarship to the six-week Gold Singing program at Rockstar Academy. Judges include Jan Cooper of Pump Records, former Canadian Tenor Frederick Robert, and Adam H. of Rockstar Academy.

Entrants must submit a demo via email or online at YouTube, or dropped off to the customer service office by Aug. 18. Demos can also be recorded live with professional equipment and a sound technician at the mall's Centre Court on Aug. 18.

The top 10 entrants will get a chance to hone their voice with private lessons prior to a live performance on Aug. 24 at the mall, with the finalists performing again on Aug. 31.

For more information, including rules and an entry form, go to www.lougheedtowncentre.com.

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