By Adam Black, Editor
The Ashland Beacon
It will be a chance of a lifetime for one talented contestant, as Dream Night Talent Search visits the Paramount Arts Center to find the next big star.
The nationwide talent search competition has chosen the Paramount Arts Center as one of four venues where contestants will compete in four different age categories to win a $500 cash prize, with the overall winner receiving an additional $500 as well as a front of the line pass for America's Got Talent, The Voice, American Idol and/or NBC's Little Big Shots! The overall winner will also receive a video of his or her live performance and extensive online and offline media coverage.
“It is huge for any artist to have a front of the line pass for any of these audition shows,” Executive Director of The Paramount Arts Center, Holly Canfield said. “With this there is a possibility of them getting a label agent.”
The competition is open to all singers and bands of any genre nationwide.
“This area has a lot of talented artists,” Canfield said. “It’s a great opportunity for them and we are excited to host.”
In the first phase contestants must register, which can be done by clicking on Kentucky at www.dreamnighttalentsearch.com/register or at www.TalentWatch.com/Kentucky. Those wishing to compete may enter one or two music video(s) and a personal video. Acceptable music videos include simple raw footage of artist performing or more elaborate music videos.
“Dream Night has really been interested in this area, especially with a lot of big names recently coming from here,” Marketing Director of the PAC, David Miller said.
The contest strongly recommends at least one of the videos showcasing a live performance. In addition, every artist must upload a personal video, to give fans and industry professionals a better perspective of the artist behind the music. Music fans and industry professionals select the top 60 rated artists. There is no cost to register. There is a $5 enrollment fee, which will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Click on Register, upload videos, wait for acceptance email then click on enroll in Kentucky.
“We really want to showcase what we have in our area,” Canfield said. “We really hope the community will be behind this and come out the night of the show.”
Canfield explained the second phase of the competition would require a two-day jam-packed schedule of the top 40 to 50 contestants, voted on by the community and industry professionals, coming to the Paramount where they will audition with one or two songs and be mentored.
“These mentors are industry professionals. That is an experience just in itself,” Canfield said. “Some have been on The Voice, American Idol and worked with several artists.”
Once the first day of live auditions are finished the group will be narrowed down to 20 contestants to compete again Nov. 9. The 20 chosen artists will perform in front of judges and a live audience at the Paramount Arts Center. Each artist must be prepared to sing three additional songs. Tickets will go on sale soon.
“We are really focusing our upcoming season on the community and this is a great way to get the community involved,” Canfield said. “We would love to see tons of contestants signed up from our area and hopefully get a start to their career.”
Registration is open now for the competition. For more information visit www.dreamnighttalentsearch.com.