Eligibility

The contest is open to non-professional residents of Ontario only. An individual cannot be part of an act at the Western Fair if he or she did not appear and place in the act at a Preliminary Contest.

An act may NOT run MORE THAN 4 MINUTES.
A VOCAL ACT may not use BACKGROUND VOCALS OF ANY KIND
A DANCE ACT may not use BACKGROUND TAPS OR TAP EFFECTS.

RISE 2 FAME: Youth Talent Search

Youth Talent Contestants must be between the age of 13 and 21 years.  
The performer must be at least 13 years old and must not have reached his/her 22nd birthday on or before the opening day of the current year’s Western Fair.
Proof of age may be requested.  

RISE 2 FAME: Junior Talent Search

Junior Talent Contestants must be between the age of 6 and 12 years.
The performer must be at least 6 years old and must not have reached his/her 13th birthday on or before the opening day of the current year’s Western Fair.
Proof of age may be requested.

NOTE:  If a group (band/dance) is entering and the ages are split between Youth and Junior, the entire group will be placed and judged in the Youth Talent Search.

Performance Categories

Categories of competition are:

Vocal Solo
Instrumental Solo
Dance Solo
Dance Group
Vocal and/or Instrumental Group including bands
Variety Solo
Variety Group
Categories of competition are for the purposes of scheduling performers, clarifying eligibility and determining judging criteria.
Each act will be judged against each other act, regardless of category of performance.

Preliminary Competitions

Preliminary competitions for the Youth and Junior Talent Search will be held in various locations in Ontario (see complete listing)
A contestant may enter any preliminary competition he or she chooses and may enter only once in any one category.  
A contestant may enter one only additional preliminary Competition if he or she was not chosen to advance to Western Fair District from the first preliminary competition.
If a contestant was chosen from the first preliminary to advance in any one of the categories of competition, he or she is not eligible to compete in the same category in a second preliminary competition.
The judges will choose up to 5 Youth Talent Acts and up to 3 Junior Talent Acts from each Preliminary Contest to advance to the competition at the Western Fair District.
If a group (band/dance) is chosen at the preliminary to move forward to Western Fair and one of their members are unable to perform on the confirmed date, they cannot substitute a member.  Their choice is to play/dance less that member or forfeit their turn.  We will try to reschedule to allow all members to participate but cannot guarantee open dates will be available.

Judging

All contestants will be judged on the following basis:

Natural Ability 25%
Quality of Performance 25%
Showmanship 25%
Audience Rapport 25%.
Audience rapport is the judges’ evaluation of how the act would be received by an appropriate, impartial audience in an appropriate setting, and is not based on the size or enthusiasm of an act’s “fan club”.
The decision of the contest judges is final, and no discussion regarding any decision shall be entered into by Youth Talent Search organizers at any time.

Youth Quarter-Final, Semi-FINAL & Final Competitions

All Youth Talent Acts selected from each Preliminary Contest will compete together as Quarter-Finalists and 36 Semi-Finalists will be chosen by the judges.
From the quarter final rounds the judges will then narrow it down to 12 Finalist
At the youth final show the judges will pick a winner and 1st runner up only.

Junior Semi-FINAL & Final Competitions

Junior Talent Acts selected from each Preliminary Contest will compete together as Semi-Finalists. 

From the semi finals the judges will pick 15 acts to move to the finals

At the junior final show the judges will pick a winner and 1st and 2nd runner up.

Entries

READ THE RULES THOROUGHLY AND CAREFULLY, AND BE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND ALL OF THEM. WHEN YOU SUBMIT/SIGN THE ENTRY FORM, YOU INDICATE YOU HAVE DONE SO!
Entries for all preliminaries’ can be made on-line at rise2fame@westernfairdistrict.com
All required information must be filled out. 
Once the completed entry form is received it will be forwarded to the proper coordinator.
Please note all closing dates for each preliminary is different. 

 

For more information please contact the Western Fair District at 519-438-7203 Ext. 381

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