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HIXSON, Tenn. (September 1, 2016) – While American Idol has come to an end, local seniors are keeping the spirit of the talent competition alive. Morning Pointe of Hixson will host its “Senior Idol” Grand Finale Sept. 15 at 7 p.m., at 5501 Old Hixson Pike in Hixson. Every year since 2009, the assisted living and memory care community has hosted the talent competition, as contestants age of 62 and older put their talents to the test to claim the title.

Spectators throughout the Hixson and North River areas will enjoy a great night of fun and entertainment as they enjoy singing and musical acts, poetry, drama skits, stand-up comedy and other performances.

Tryouts for Senior Idol are open to the public Sept. 13 through Sept. 14, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Morning Pointe of Hixson. Qualifying acts must be performed by an entrant age 62 or older and must not exceed three minutes. The performer must provide all equipment.

Contestants will be scored on their talent, difficulty, creativity, crowd appeal, stage presence, and costume and appearance.

Edie Walker and Nina Coppinger will be among judges for the Grand Finale. Ken Hicks from US-101 will emcee the event, and Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger will present awards.

Two-time Senior Idol winner Henry Tallent, 76, took home the first place trophy in 2015 for his dance performance to one of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits, and in 2014 for his dance performance to an Elvis Presley song.

“This is a great opportunity for seniors to showcase their talents and connect with their peers,” says Emma Myers, Life Enrichment Director at Morning Pointe.

The first place winner will receive a $100 cash prize and the title of Senior Idol, and trophies will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.

Interested contestants can register for tryouts at Morning Pointe of Hixson, or contact Emma Myers at (423) 847-1370 or hixson-led@morningpointe.com for more information.