Valley’s Got Talent seeking participants
STEUBENVILLE — Open tryouts continue for the next installment of the Valley’s Got Talent, set for 6 p.m. on Nov. 3 in the auditorium at Steubenville High School.
“This show is one of the most uplifting you will ever see involving local youth from the valley,” said Bobbyjon Bauman, president of the Ohio Valley Youth Network, event sponsor.
“The event is free of charge, and all ages are welcome to attend,” he noted. “We have had between 620 and 1,000 people attend the Valley’s Got Talent competition the last five years, and this year we expect the competition to be bigger and better than ever.”
The competition is for ages 10-23 with bands, choirs, and soloists able to have people over age 23 accompanying them, backing the vocalists and musicians but only the vocalists and musicians ages 10-23 will be judged in the competition.
Contestants must live within 40 miles of Steubenville. Categories include: Bands/vocal groups; choirs; soloists; and miscellaneous (non-vocal) talent (dancers, poets, instrumentalists, etc.)
Open tryouts will continue at Edison High School from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. today; at Steubenville High School from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday; and at the Sycamore Youth Center, 301 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, on Oct. 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Bauman explained that songs must have inspirational/Christian content. “Since this is a competition sponsored by the Ohio Valley Youth Network, which has the goal of uplifting the hearts and minds of our youth as they use their gifts to reflect God’s creative gifts in their lives, we ask that you please submit the lyrics to your song along with your entry,” he noted. “The screening committee, composed of Ohio Valley Youth Network members, will have the final say on what is appropriate for the competition.”
The deadline for songs to be submitted via YouTube, CD, e-mail link, video or audio tape is 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 26. The songs/performance must be five minutes or less. Online entries are to be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contestants and acts chosen to perform will be informed on or before Oct. 28 at 11:59 p.m. via text or e-mail. Typically only 20 acts total — generally five per category — will be chosen to perform at the Valley’s Got Talent night on Nov. 3.
Judging criteria includes: Spiritual/inspirational effectiveness; vocal/instrumental excellence; and presentation (ability to engage/connect with the audience.)
The grand prize winner — the best overall regardless of category — will receive $500. A $100 prize will be awarded to those earning first place in each category. Second-place winners in each category will receive $25.
The event is free and open to the public.