Nelly's going back to school [New Event & New Nelly Childhood Pic]

Nelly Furtado, above, in a photo from the 1994-95 Mount Douglas secondary school yearbook.

Nelly Furtado is being true to her school, agreeing to perform with a group of singing contestants next month in a fundraiser.

The pop music star will sing at a concert Nov. 19 that's being organized by alumni of her alma mater, Mount Douglas secondary in Saanich.

The event marks the culmination of Mount Doug Idol, an American Idol-style competition created by fellow Mount Doug grad David Foster.

The music producer will judge the singing competition, staged to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Mount Doug secondary.

Event co-organizer Kevin Sing said it was Foster who persuaded Furtado to participate.

"[Foster] said, 'You gotta come back and help your school out.' "

Foster leads a panel of judges for the singing competition. Furtado will join competition finalists for the concert at the University of Victoria's Farquhar Auditorium, which has a seating capacity of 1,228.

Sing said Mount Doug Idol accepts audition recordings from alumni or their offspring.

Contest details are at

"We're looking for singers only. That's what David wants. He's looking for his next star. He wants to find it from his old school," Sing said.

Entries close at midnight Oct. 14. Submissions can be dropped off at DFH Real Estate offices on Vancouver Island.

Sing, president of the Mount Doug Alumni Association, said ticket prices range from $25 to $200.

Tickets are available first to alumni, then to the public.

He expects up to $80,000 will be raised for the alumni association, which funds scholarships, teams and other school-related endeavours.

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