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Variety of Georgia Searches for Stars of Tomorrow in Inaugural Singing Competition
Variety of Georgia Searches for Stars of Tomorrow in Inaugural Singing Competition

VARIETY OF GEORGIA ENCOURAGES YOUNG TALENT, SHINES LIGHT ON EMERGING STARS

Inaugural ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ Vocal Competition Benefits Charity, Brings Teens Together

Do you know a Star of Tomorrow? Variety of Georgia is looking for bright teenagers who fit the bill!  The Stars of Tomorrow competition launched on October 25, and Variety of Georgia now searches for talented teens. This fall, the non-profit organization lights up its latest initiative with the inaugural talent competition. Brilliant hopefuls 13-19 years old can get in on the vocal action to gain experience, exposure and the opportunity to pursue their dreams as the next Star of Tomorrow.

Stars of Tomorrow benefits Variety of Georgia initiatives across the state and aims to shine a light on Georgia’s promising young talent. Event co-chairs Carolyn Lee Wills and Former Chief Barker Mike Dangerfield help further the organization’s commitment to enhancing the lives of area youth. Through this competition, teens not only showcase their chops for industry leaders but develop skills they will use for years to come.

“Our Stars of Tomorrow competition is a great way for Georgia’s youth the set the stage for greatness,” said Variety of Georgia Executive Director Chase Evangeline Andrews. “These teens are doing big things in their communities, and we want to help them take the next step. The experiences they will have and the connections they will make will allow local youth to go farther, wherever their paths may lead.”

The competition starts with a state-wide talent call. Beginning October 25, eligible teens across Georgia can submit videos of their best performances electronically at www.sonicbids.com/starsoftomorrow. After event coordinators approve each submission, they will upload entries at www.youtube.com/varietyofgeorgia. Contestants can also share their videos among friends and family to leverage their networks and gain exposure.

Judges then select 20 finalists based on their performance videos. Already on board as a celebrity judge is Steve Clements, formerly with Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club. During his tenure in 1989-91, Clements served as executive producer for this iconic version of the famed show, which introduced to the world such superstars as Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.

These top 20 young people take the stage on January 8, 2012, at Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta for a preliminary round of judging. As the evening comes to a close, the top 10 finalists are revealed.

Stars of Tomorrow hosts its final competition at celebrated city landmark The Fox Theatre on March 11, 2012. The showcase raises the curtain on the top 10 vocalists as they perform highly anticipated acts for an eager audience. Friends and family join show-business veterans and community influencers for an evening of fun, philanthropy and dream-chasing as Starts of Tomorrow crowns its champion.

The winner of the Stars of Tomorrow singing competition will enjoy a trip for four to Universal Studios Hollywood, including accommodations, park access and transportation. The talented teen also receives an audition for the Theater of the Stars series in Atlanta, a professional photo shoot, a custom-made demo CD and tickets to an upcoming performance at The Fox Theatre.

The first and second runners-up each receive an audition for the Theater of the Stars series in Atlanta, a professional photo shoot, a custom-made demo CD and tickets to an upcoming performance at The Fox Theatre.

Georgia residents between the ages of 13 and 19 are eligible to enter the Stars of Tomorrow competition. Contestants must be amateur, unsigned, individual talent and have no professional experience. Contestants over 18, or legal guardians of contestants under 18, must sign a waiver before the contestant is allowed to compete. Video submissions will be reviewed to ensure they showcase singing talent without any harsh language.

For more information, visit www.varietystarsoftomorrow.com or contact Chase Evangeline Andrews at 678.994.4210 or chase@varietyofgeorgia.org.

About Variety of Georgia, Tent 21

Tent 21 was established in Atlanta in 1939 as the 21st chapter of Variety Clubs International, commonly known as the World's Greatest Children's Charity. Variety of Georgia is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

The charity’s mission is to aid and enhance the lives of children in need who may be challenged by physical and/or mental disabilities, poverty, abuse or neglect. Echoing the first Variety fundraising event, a circus-themed affair held under a big-top, clubs are often called "Tents" and members "Barkers.”

Following the tradition of the founders of the first Tent in Pittsburgh, Pa., 80 percent of the members of Tent 21 hail from the motion picture industry, though membership is open to all who care about children.