Tickets for Yuma Star contest on sale October 15
Tickets for the 10th anniversary performances of the Yuma Star singing contest go on sale October 15.
“I’m real excited what the 10th anniversary will bring,” Adrianne Wagner, El Dorado Broadcasters sales and marketing coordinator, said.
El Dorado, which operates radio stations STAR 100.9 FM, KTTI 95.1 FM and KBLU 560 AM, is producing this year’s contest.
Group 1, Round 1 live performances will be held Nov. 13, followed by a week of public online voting.
Group 2, Round 1 live performances will be held Dec. 4, again followed a week of online voting.
The finalists from each group will perform Dec. 18, when first, second and third place winners will be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges and the audience.
All shows will be held at 7 p.m. at the Historic Yuma Theater, 254 S. Main St.
Tickets are $6 for Round 1 (Group 1 and 2) performance and $8 for the final show.
Tickets can be purchased at two outlets: Z Fun Factory, 4446 E. County 10th St., and Fretworks! Music, 1150 S. Castle Dome Ave.
El Dorado is still accepting applications until Oct. 28. Interested contestants may apply at YumaStar.com.
“We’re taking all ages, all genres,” Wagner said. “This year we have an 85-year-old man who applied. He’s the oldest to date. We've had a winner who was 11 years old. This shows that, literally, people of all ages are applying.”
Yuma Star is “unlike any contest that exists in Yuma. It showcases the biggest and best talent Yuma has to offer,” she noted.
“We have a great group of talented people. You never know who will win. Some have never been on stage and they get on stage and they’re in their element. There’s always new talent coming out.”
The cash prizes make it worth a try. First place will get a cash prize of $1,000, second place will be awarded $500, and third place will receive $250.
Only 40 contestants will be allowed to participate in the competition, as determined by the 2013 Yuma Star Committee.
Live auditions, which are not open to the public, will be held Oct. 30. Applicants must have registered before the auditions.
Contestants, who must be amateurs and Yuma County residents, will be allowed to perform as singles, duos, trios or quartets. They may perform in any language and all types of music styles.
The winners will be determined by a combination of judges’ scores and audience votes. Each guest with a ticket will be able to vote in the finals.
Each live performance will be judged on vocal ability, stage presence, entertainment value, song selection and uniqueness.
For all the rules, go to YumaStar.com. For more information, write to email@example.com or call (928) 344-4980.