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20 aspiring stars move on in singing competition with local roots

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20 aspiring singing stars have moved to the next level in the Country Music Highway Road to Fame singing competition.

Auditions were held in Ashland Saturday.  The contest has also held auditions in Pikeville, Prestonsburg and Paintsville.

To be eligible, singers must be between 13 years old and 35 years old, and come from the 16 counties surrounding U.S. Route 23 in Eastern Kentucky.  The route is known as the 'Country Music Highway' because stars such as Billy Ray Cyrus, The Judds, Ricky Skaggs, Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam and Patty Loveless call it home.

Producers of the competition say they've seen more talent in this area than anywhere else in the world, and they're hoping to find the next big star.

The 20 contestants who qualified in Ashland will compete again April 19th for the right to go head to head with the best from the other three locations.

The winner of the competition will be announced in June, and will spend a week on Tom T. Hall's ranch, recording music for an album.