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Young Idols: 10 finalists are selected, including one family group

It's that time of year again -- time to begin voting in the Modesto Symphony Orchestra's Young Idol competition.

The field has been narrowed from more than 100 children and teens, ages 3 through 17, to 10 finalists.

The winner of the talent contest will perform at the symphony's Holiday Pops concert at the Gallo Center for the Arts, in addition to winning a number of prizes. Demo recordings, video clips and short biographies of performers are available at www.modbee.com/youngidol. Readers then vote for their favorites online, with one hopeful being eliminated each week.

Voting began at noon today.

In addition to singing at the symphony's holiday performances at the Gallo Center in December, the winner will receive limo service on the night of the concert, dinner for four at Bacchus restaurant, complimentary concert tickets for family members, a spa package, a $100 gift card to Vintage Faire Mall and the chance to record a CD for free at Celestial Sounds studio in Modesto.

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