Tybee Island will be a little bit brighter Sept. 22 as contestants take the stage for the annual Tybee Idol contest at Huc-A-Poo's.

The contest gives 20 contestants a chance to dress as their favorite superstars and belt out their best renditions of classic hits from Tom Jones to Loretta Lynn to KISS.

The contest originally began as an event called Costume Karaoke to raise money for various charities, but evolved into an annual competition that Tybee Island looks forward to every year.

At the end of the night, the winner is determined by who has the most money in their tip jar.

Contestants compete for unique prizes like old bowling trophies or a framed photo of television's toughest judge, Simon Cowell.

But Heather Thomas, wife of Huc-A-Poo's owner Eric Thomas, said the main focus is helping others.

"People have come to really look forward to this event, but the real prize is bragging rights and being able to raise the most money for a great cause.

"People on Tybee really take pride in helping others," she said.

Tybee Idol, like all of the fundraisers sponsored by Huc-A-Poo's, gives 100 percent of the proceeds to the cause. This year, funds raised will benefit Tybee Island Maritime Academy.

Carolyn Jurick, president of the academy's governing board, said the academy will use the money to fund field trips for its students.

"I am looking forward to seeing the teachers that are entering it perform, as well as the wealth of talent we have on Tybee," Jurick said. "We are so thankful and appreciative of the support that Huc-A-Poo's and the community as a whole are giving us."