Musicians compete to be 2012 Rodeo Rockstar

HOUSTON - Every year, several big-name stars take the stage at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This year, the rodeo wants to give some local talent a chance to be a rodeo rockstar.

The competition is for non-professional musicians to showcase their talent.

The idea was to get more young people involved at the HLSR.

"What better way to grab on to social media and the opportunity for these kids to showcase their talent," said Elizabeth Greer, executive director of exhibits and attractions. "We thought we'll roll it all into one and give the kids an opportunity to perform and post to YouTube."

Many young musicians posted their videos online, and there is a wide range of talent.

"We have everything from mini Rebas to the Black Eyed Peas to kids who can get up there with a fiddle and amaze you with their talents," Greer said.

The competition is split into two age divisions. The top 10 in each division will advance to a preliminary round based on voting from the public. Voting ends at noon Feb. 20.

Contestants advancing to the preliminary round will be notified by Feb. 22. Finalists will perform at Reliant Park on March 13.

The first place winner in each division will receive $500 and the title for 2012 Rodeo Rockstar. The second-place winner will get $250 and the third-place winner will receive $100.

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