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Actor, pop star Jesse McCartney to host Cyclone Voice

Musician and actor Jesse McCartney is headed to Iowa State.

The former teenage heartthrob who launched his career as a member of boy band pop-singing Dream Street will host ISU's annual singing competition, Cyclone Voice, on Thursday, according to a release sent by the university's student board union Friday afternoon.

Doors for the event will open at 7:30 p.m. with an 8 p.m. start in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. Admission is free and open to the public, according to the release.

Twenty-five Iowa State students participated in the preliminary competition last week, and judges selected 14 finalists to move on to the finals.

McCartney, who will turn 29 Saturday, has appeared in musicals, television shows and movies throughout his career. At 15, he released his first solo album, "Beautiful Soul," which sold more than 1.8 million copies.

He co-wrote "Bleeding Love," the international best-selling song of year, in 2007 with Leona Lewis. A year later, his single, "Leavin,'" went platinum.

In addition to hosting the competition, McCartney will perform a short music set during judges' deliberations, the release said.