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Hollywood star, LT alumnus to serve as celebrity judge for the first Pillars Talent Showcase

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

LA GRANGE PARK – Hollywood star and "Glee" producer Michael Hitchcock will serve as one of the celebrity judges for the first annual Pillars Talent Showcase.

The competition is part of Pillars' month-long celebration to fundraise for its programming, which includes mental health and social service programs for communities in the western suburbs.

Entries will be accepted through 5 p.m. May 16. After reviewing all of the entries, Pillars will select 18 semifinalists whose videos will be viewed and voted on by the public. WGN-TV anchor Mark Suppelsa will announce the 12 finalists June 6 at the Party for Pillars Kickoff Celebration. The finalists will then perform at the Showcase’s live concert performance June 22 at the Lyons Township High School’s Reber Center. A panel of celebrity judges and the audience will then select a winner after the finalists face off head-to-head that evening. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize.

To enter, complete an entry packet, upload a video to YouTube and send links in for consideration. For a complete list of rules and regulations and more information about the contest visit

Tickets to the Showcase are $20 for adults and $10 for guests 18 and under. The concert performance will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 22. To purchase tickets for the concert performance or to see the full list of Party for Pillars’ events, visit

Hitchcock, a member of the Lyons Township High School Hall of Fame, is a supervising producer and writer of the multi-award winning hit Fox television series“Glee.” Hitchcock’s film acting credits include “Bridesmaids,” “Best in Show,” and “A Mighty Wind.”

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