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Pigeon Forge's Path to Fame Talent Competition FAQ

1. How do I sign up to audition?

You can register online for your audition date at http://www.pffame.com/. Registration will also be available onsite but registering in advance is highly recommended. Please note registering for any particular city registers you for that city only.

2. Do groups need to register as a group or individually?

Please register your group via the group registration form for your selected audition city. Please note registering for any particular city registers you for that city only.

3. Am I eligible to participate?

Please view eligibility requirements here.

4. How much does it cost to audition?

There is no cost to audition.

5. What will I win?

At each audition, four lucky semi-finalists will be selected to advance to the final competition in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

One grand champion selected at the finals in Pigeon Forge will win:

6. Where will the auditions be held?
Cincinnati, OH
Saturday, April 14
20th Century Theater
3021 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209
Parking / Directions
Individual Registration
Group Registration
Nashville, TN
Saturday, April 21
Skyville Live
2602 Westwood Dr., Nashville, TN 37204
Parking / Directions
Individual Registration
Group Registration
Atlanta, GA (Marietta, GA)
Saturday, May 12
Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre
117 N Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060
Parking / Directions
Individual Registration
Group Registration
7. Where can I park?

Parking depends on the location for each audition. You may have to pay for parking. Please use the links below for information about parking in your audition city.

Cincinnati, OH on April 14, 2018: Parking / Directions
Nashville, TN on April 21, 2018: Parking / Directions
Atlanta, GA (Marietta, GA) on May 12, 2018: Parking / Directions

8. What should I bring with me to the audition? 9. I'm under 18. What should I bring with me to the audition? 10. Will everyone who registers be able to audition?

While we would love to audition everyone who registers, auditions will be on a first-come, first-served basis at check-in/registration. We will audition as many people as we can during the time allotted.

11. When and where will the finals be held?

The final competition will be held in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

12. How will the auditions be judged?

Each contestant will have 90 seconds to audition in front of the judges. The judges will use a scorecard to judge the performance. The four semi-finalists selected to advance to the finals in Pigeon Forge on June 16, 2018 will be announced at 1:30 p.m. the day of your audition.

13. What will the judges be looking for?

The judges will judge each performance on six different criteria. The criteria listed in order of importance are stage presence and professionalism, technical ability, familiarity, enthusiasm and expression, creativity and selection of material.

14. How will the final competition be judged, and the grand winner selected?

The twelve semi-finalists who advance to Pigeon Forge will each have five minutes to perform in front of the judges and a live audience. The judges will use a scorecard to select the Top 3 finalists who will each have five minutes for a second performance. The judges will then select the grand prize winner.

15. Do you cover transportation costs to Pigeon Forge if I advance to the finals?

Lodging for the semi-finalist (double occupancy) for one night in Pigeon Forge (the night of June 15) and $100 for transportation costs.

16. What accommodations do you provide for the finals in Pigeon Forge?

Lodging for the semi-finalist and one guest for one night in Pigeon Forge and $100 for transportation costs.

17. If I am part of a group, do we each get to bring a guest to the finals in Pigeon Forge?

Group lodging arrangements will be made on a case-by-case basis.

18. Can I bring an accompanist?

No. Tracks only via thumb drive. This will be submitted when you check in at the audition. The backing track that you provide must be trimmed to the 90-second performance length. No other files permitted on the thumb drive. Remember, you will only have 90 seconds in front of the judges, so choose your music wisely.

19. Can my band audition with me?

Bands are not permitted to audition unless they are auditioning as a group. If this is a group audition, all instruments need to be handheld acoustic instruments and the group may not have more than five members. No plug ins will be available.

20. Can I bring a musical track?

Yes. Tracks must be provided on a thumb drive and trimmed to the 90-second performance length. No other files permitted on the thumb drive.

21. What musical instruments will you have available?

No instruments will be available. Any instruments that you plan to bring must be handheld and not require any plug inβ€” acoustic performances only.

22. Will you have an accompanist at the audition?

There will not be an accompanist at the audition.

23. How long is the audition time?

Each contestant will have 90 seconds to audition. You will be notified when you reach your time limit and signaled to end your performance.

24. Who are the judges?

Each audition will be judged by entertainment industry executive John Alexander, representatives of the Pigeon Forge theater community and a radio personality local to the audition market. Alexander discovered Grammy-nominated artist Kelsea Ballerini and has decades of experience in the entertainment industry including ten years at Great American Country television network.

25. Can the public attend the auditions for general viewing?

There will be viewing areas available for friends and family of those participating in the audition. The final competition in Pigeon Forge on June 16 will be open to the public.

26. Will this be broadcast anywhere?

No, however, follow My Pigeon Forge on Facebook and Instagram for updates and be sure to use #PigeonForgeFame and tag My Pigeon Forge in any of your posts preparing for the audition or at the audition.

27. Can my dance/cheer/gymnastics team compete together?

There are no dance, cheer or gymnastics categories for this audition. Eligible categories include vocal performance, instrumental performance, comedian performance, specialty act such as magician or juggle. Groups consisting of no more than five people can compete in the eligible categories.

28. How many people can be in a group?

A group can consist of 2-5 people.

29. Can I audition in more than one city?

You are welcome to audition in more than one city. However, one act cannot hold more than one semi-finalist position in Pigeon Forge. Please note registering for any particular city registers you for that city only.

30. How will I know if I have advanced to the finals?

At 1:30 p.m. the semi-finalists advancing to Pigeon Forge will be announced at the audition venue.

31. Do I have to be present at the semi-finalist announcement?

Yes. If you are not present at the 1:30 p.m. announcement of the semi-finalists, you will forfeit your place in the final competition.

32. Where can I get more information about the competition?

Visit www.pffame.com, www.mypigeonforge.com or My Pigeon Forge on Facebook or Instagram.

33. What if I can't attend the final competition? Can I still audition?

If you are unable to attend the final competition in Pigeon Forge, you will forfeit the finals, leaving your position vacant to be filled by another contestant.

34. What are the age restrictions?

Any performer aged 14 and older is permitted to audition. Any contestant under 18 years old, must have a parent or legal guardian present at the audition at all times.

35. Are animals permitted? What if they are part of the act?

Not including service animals, no animals are permitted at the auditions or final competition. Any act that involves animal performance is not qualified to audition.

36. If I forgot to register online, can I still audition?

Although we encourage you to register online before your audition date, you are still able to attend the audition. Registration will be available at the venue from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. the day of the audition.

37. Will there be more audition cities added?

This is the full audition schedule for the 2018 Pigeon Forge Path to Fame Talent Competition. There is no plan for additional auditions at this time.

38. Can I send a video submission in advance?

No. You will be judged solely on your audition in front of the judges at your selected audition date. No other materials are permitted in advance, day of or following that will influence the audition selection.

39. I registered in advance, but I won't be able to audition. Do I need to notify you in advance?

If you registered in advance online and will no longer be able to attend the auditions, please e-mail pigeonforgefame@gmail.com.

40. I registered in advance, can I show up anytime I want to audition?

No. Even if you registered in advance online, you will need to check in upon arrival. Registration and check-in will be open from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. on each audition date. Remember, auditions will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis upon arrival at check-in. We will audition as many contestants as we can between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.