Competition got under way this past Tuesday night in the auditorium of Jim Thorpe Area High School with a field of 25 hopefuls vying for the title of "Jim Thorpe Idol 6".

This was the first of what will be a total of six nights of competition all of which will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday nights September 23rd and 30th, and October 7th and 14th with the final night on Saturday, October 23rd.

The contest was open to Jim Thorpe residents of all ages.

The eventual winner of the competition will receive the title of Jim Thorpe Idol 6, a trophy, and the $250 prize that goes with it.

The winner will also get the opportunity to perform in a 30 second television commercial produced by VIAMEDIA, a Lehigh Valley based Cable Television Advertising Agency, under the assistance of Angela Nardini and the Producers at Icarus Communications in Bethlehem.

The Jim Thorpe Idol 6 commercial will be aired during a five week run beginning on November 22nd and continuing until December 26th and it will be seen on eleven cable network channels on Blue Ridge Communications in the Carbon County area.

Judges at Tuesday's competition were Judy Romanisko, Jim Murdock, Bonnie Schafer, Sherry Schafer, and Angela Nardini.