ABILENE, Texas -

Abilene Idol kicked off Saturday in downtown. Monique Rosario Goff won first place. 

The singing competition began at 7 p.m. at the Paramount Theater.

The 15 contestants are selected from the 100 people who auditioned March 2. The winner will be selected by a panel of four judges, post-event audience votes and votes cast before the event.

Goff will receive $500 dollars; the runner up will receive $300 and third place will receive $100.