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Star of the Fair

Rules & Regulations


***Big Announcement***

  • Jr./Sr. Division Age Change (Jr. Division 7-13 Sr. Division 13-21) **Because of this recent change ONLY 13 yr olds will get to decide which age division they want to enter.The decision is final once your registration is turned in.
  • Prize for Jr. Division winner will be 4 hour Studio Time at the Record Shop in Nashville TN, and a virtual audition with Take3Talent’s, Natasha Matalana.
  • Prize for the Sr. division will be a trip to LA to write, record, and release a song with Lily Brooks O’Briant, and a virtual audition with Take3Talent’s, Natasha Matalana
  • Jr. & Sr. Qualifying and Semifinal rounds will be held on separate days.

Modeled after the American Idol talent contest, Star of the Fair will be a feature attraction at the 2023 Delta Fair & Music Festival taking place Sunday, September 3, 2023 through Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at the Agricenter International – 7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38120.


Modeled after the American Idol talent contest, Star of the Fair will be a feature attraction at the 2023 Delta Fair & Music Festival taking place Sunday, September 3, 2023 through Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at the Agricenter International – 7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38120.


Sr. Division Dates:

Qualifying Round: Sunday, September 3, 2023 @ 12:30 – Agricenter A-Wing

Semifinal: Sunday, September 3, 2023 @ 3:30 – Agricenter A-Wing

Finals: Tuesday, September 5, 2023 @ 6:00 – Delta Fair Main Stage


Jr Division Dates:

Qualifying Round: Monday (Labor Day), September 4 , 2023 @ 12:30 – Agricenter A-Wing

Semi-finals: Monday (Labor Day) September 4, 2023 @ 3:30 – Agricenter A-Wing

Finals: Tuesday, September 5, 2023 @ 6:00 – Delta Fair Main Stage


Division and Prizes:

Junior Division – ages 7 – 13 years old. You must be 7 years old by September 4, 2023. There will be ten (10) finalists in the Junior Division.

There will be three (3) cash prizes for the Junior Division: 1st Place $400.00, 2nd Place $200.00, 3rd Place $100.00 1st Place also wins a 4 hour Studio Time at the Record Shop in Nashville TN, and a virtual audition with Take3Talent’s, Natasha Matalana.

Senior Division – ages 13 – 21 years old. You must be 13 years old by September 3, 2023. We will have fifteen (15) finalists in the Senior Division.

There will be three (3) cash prizes for the Senior Division: 1st Place, $1000.00, 2nd Place, $500.00, 3rd Place $250.00. 1st Place also wins a trip to LA to write, record, and release a song with Lily Brooks O’Briant, and a virtual audition with Take3Talent’s, Natasha Matalana.


OVERVIEW

Star of the Fair seeks to showcase the top vocalists in the Mid-South. (Contestants must be 7 to 21 years old on or before September 04, 2023)

All who wish to enter the competition must pre-register by emailing or mailing the Entry Form located on the last page of this packet. The only fee to enter is $45 early registration or $60 for late registration which includes free admission for the contestant to the Delta Fair & Music Festival Star of the Fair Competition on the days for each round you progress to between the dates Sunday, September 03, 2023 through Tuesday, September 5, 2023 Final Round. The top ten (10) from the Jr.Division and top fifteen (15) finalists from each division, will compete in the Final Competition at the Delta Fair & Music Festival (www.DeltaFest.com) on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. The Star of the Fair winner will be determined by Star of the Fair judges.


THE COMPETITION PROCESS

Music Requirements: For all rounds, you may sing a capella song, handheld instrument or use a karaoke/music track on CD or jump drive.. Please bring 2 copies of your CD/jump drive..

Time Requirements: We will begin to time you from the first vocal utterance.

Qualifying Round – Not to exceed one (1) minute

Semifinal Round – Not to exceed two (2) minutes.

Final Round – Full length of song, not to exceed five (5) minutes and will be judged on judges point system.

You must bring your social security number to be awarded the prize money. Alternates will be determined from each Semifinal Competition in the event a contestant does not meet the STAR OF THE FAIR requirements and will only be notified in the case of a disqualification.

Star of the Fair, Expo South, are not responsible for lost, stolen, mangled, mis-delivered, illegible, incomplete or late entries. One person will be awarded the grand prize.


REQUIREMENTS TO ENTER THE STAR OF THE FAIR

You are between the ages of 7-21 by September 3, 2023, a legal U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident who is eligible to work full-time in the United States; and if you are in the Final competition at the Delta Fair & Music Festival on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, you MUST be able to demonstrate prior to the final round that you do not have a professional recording contract.

You are NOT eligible for this contest if you have appeared on any National Network Television contest or reality show. Winners of local competitions are welcome as long as they have not won the Delta Fair in their current age division.


WHAT TO BRING TO THE SEMIFINAL AND FINAL COMPETITION

  • Identification: If you are questioned about your age, you must have in possession one form of proof of age. Failure to do so could result in disqualification at the end.
  • Under 18: If you are under 18 years of age, you must be accompanied by your parent or legal guardian. If you are accompanied by a legal guardian (as opposed to a parent), your legal guardian must bring proof of guardianship or you will not be able to audition. In addition, your parent or legal guardian must have the authority to sign documents on your behalf, including the release form on the website (which should be signed by you and your parent and/or legal guardian, as indicated on the form).
  • W-9 or Social Security Number: Winners for the FINAL round need a completed W-9 form or a social security number of contestants to fill out the provided W-9 form before receiving cash prize (Winners will not be given their prize money without supplying Delta Fair & Music Festival their social security number for tax purposes).


RULES:

The same rules apply to both the Junior and Senior Division.

Musical instruments are allowed but must be handheld. Keyboards are not allowed. Tracks must be in CD or jump drive format, contestants will not be allowed to use an aux cord.


DISQUALIFICATION:

All contestants, family members or vocal teachers displaying lewd, disrespectful or inappropriate behavior or language to any fellow contestant, family member, vocal teacher, Star of The Fair staff or Delta Fair staff will automatically disqualify the contestant.

Any lewd, disrespectful or inappropriate behavior or language by a vocal teacher will result in ALL of their students being disqualified.

We reserve the right to disqualify and/or exclude, in our sole and absolute discretion, any individual from any of the auditions for any reason or for no reason at all, including without limitation, violation of any portion of these rules, or tampering with the entry process or the audition process. We also reserve the right to change the rules and procedures at any time. Being chosen to compete at any level in the process does NOT ensure that you will be selected to continue to the next stage.


GENERAL CONDITIONS:

General dates and locations are subject to change.

Delta Fair and Music Festival, Expo-South, Universal Fairs, participating television stations, advertising agencies or any person or entity connected with the production, administration or judging of the auditions or programs, or any to their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, successors and assigns, and the respective officers, directors, employees, agents, contractors, partners, shareholders, attorneys, representatives and members of each of the foregoing entities are not responsible for and shall not be liable for: i) any failure of transportation, bad directions, or the inability, for any reason, of any person to appear at a competition site ; ii) any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by traveling to or from the competition venues, being present at the competition venues, participating in the competition process or being selected to or disqualified from continuing in the competition process iii) any printing, typographical or technological errors in any materials associated with the competition process.

For more information contact: Delta Fair & Music Festival Offices: talent@deltafest.com


About Sean Giovanni & The Record Shop

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Sean Giovanni is a sonic storyteller who is passionate about helping artists achieve their unique creative vision. He achieves this mission as a Record Producer, Audio Engineer, Educator, and the owner of The Record Shop, a recording studio and multi-media production company in Nashville, TN. Sean enjoys working in a wide range of genres and has had the privilege to work with artists ranging from John Legend and Juicy J to Big & Rich and Tim McGraw to Zakk Wylde and The Wallflowers. He is also a co-founder of The Studio Musician Academy: an educational, mentorship platform where top studio musicians break down the methodology behind their creative process in the studio.

Previous Years' Winners

Madison Jacobs

Madison Jacobs

2022 Senior Winner of the Star of the Fair
Tera Jane Arwood

Tera Jane Arwood

2022 Junior Winner of the Star of the Fair
Alex Gick

Alex Gick

2021 Senior Winner of the Star of the Fair
Evelyn Young

Evelyn Young

2021 Junior Winner of the Star of the Fair
Canale Tagg

Canale Tagg

2019 Senior Winner of Star of the Fair
Ava Bates

Ava Bates

2019 Junior Winner of Star of the Fair
Kennedy Ray

Kennedy Ray

2018 Senior Winner of the Star of the Fair
2018 Junior Winner of Star of the Fair

Shelby Smith

2018 Junior Winner of Star of the Fair
Lydia Waldrop

Lydia Waldrop

2017 Senior Winner of the Star of the Fair
Sophia Bonasso

Sophia Bonasso

2017 Junior Winner of the Star of the Fair
Cody Hanford

Cody Hanford

2016 Senior Winner of the Star of the Fair
Josie Todd

Josie Todd

2016 Junior Winner of the Star of the Fair
Laura Baker

Laura Baker

2015 Senior Winner of the Star of the Fair
Mary Claire Howard

Mary Claire Howard

2015 Junior Winner of the Star of the Fair
Nicole Hale

Nicole Hale

2014 Winner of the Star of the Fair
Adam Bowles

Adam Bowles

2013 Winner of the Star of the Fair
Dennis Harrison Jr.

Dennis Harrison Jr.

2012 Winner of the Star of the Fair
Chandler Booth

Chandler Booth

2011 Winner of the Star of the Fair
Mandi Thomas

Mandi Thomas

2010 Winner of the Star of the Fair
Justin Allen Tate

Justin Allen Tate

2009 Winner of the Star of the Fair
Skylar Laine

Skylar Laine

2008 Winner of the Star of the Fair
Drew Herring

Drew Herring

2007 Winner of the Star of the Fair
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