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Boise's Queer Idol

Though American Idol's ratings may have slipped in the ninth season--with Simon Cowell's retirement announcement and the whole Abdul/DeGeneres switch-a-roo--Boise's Queer Idol is ready to pick up the cover-crooning reins. On Thursday, June 17, at 8 p.m., Humpin' Hannah's will echo with more Queen, Madonna and ABBA than an '80s discotheque.

Three local celebrity judges--BW A&E editor Amy Atkins, comedian Matt Bragg and DJ/emcee Keith Brown--will determine the evening's top five finalists, who will then move on to a final round at the Boise Pride Festival on Saturday, June 19. In addition to local contestants, other performers at Boise Queer Idol include Rebecca Scott and Deb Sager, Minerva Jayne, The Firefly Girlz, Common Ground Community Chorus and 2008 Boise Queer Idol Jared Meyer.

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Thursday, June 17, 7:30 p.m. registration, 8 p.m. show, $5, (VIP tickets are sold out), $10 to compete, Humpin' Hannah's, 621 Main St., 208-345-7557,