Twelve contestants will be vying for this year's honors of Carbon County Idol.

The annual competiton opens tonight at 7 o'clock in Jim Thorpe High School and will continue each Wednesday through July 28.

Natalie Kmetz, coordinator of the event, said, "We again have some great talent this season."

The contestants in this year's Idol are Justin Plocinik, Jake Tokosh, Brooke McElmoyle, Joshua Rivera, Samantha Andrew.

Nicole Reinhart, Alyssa Hinkle, Hailey Hoherchak, Jon "Lucky" Meyers, Riley Durishim, Olivia Matula, Diane Roldan.

The final will be July 28 at 7 p.m. in the high school.