The Abilene Idol finale will take place in the Abilene Convention Center on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Following the auditions at the Mall of Abilene on Feb. 2, the judges selected the top 15 performers to continue to the finale.
The finale judges, who are different from the judges at the audition, will choose the first, second and third place winners. The first place winner will win a cash prize of $600, second place will win $400 and third place will win $200.
The first place winner will also receive the title of Abilene Idol.
The performance is a full-length two hour show and is a fundraiser for Chorus Abilene, a non-profit organization providing musical education to three youth groups, each divided by age and ability.
The fundraiser will receive money through audition fees of $25 per participant, the money raised by the top 15 contestants and the proceeds from ticket sales at the finale.
The money raised by each contestant will count as 20 percent of their final score, text votes from the audience will count as 20 percent and the judges’ score will count as 60 percent.
According to Abilene Idol’s website (abileneidol.net), the Steve Arthur Family Foundation is the title sponsor.
Gwynn Haseltine, executive director of Chorus Abilene, said this organization has helped with the expenses of the performance.
“They provide a grant that covers most of the cost of the event,” said Haseltine.
Though there is not a set financial goal for the fundraiser, Haseltine said around $10,000 has been raised so far.