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The Battle For The Big O: Final Two Auditions!!

You Could Open For Dierks Bentley!! (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

The tri-state’s most exciting talent search continues!  And it’s time to MAN your BATTLE stations!  Henderson Chevy Buick GMC and The Country Station, 92.5 WBKR proudly present THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O!  It’s your chance to win $500 and take the stage at THE BIG O MUSIC FESTIVAL, Saturday, July 30th at Reids Orchard to open for Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Colt Ford, Jake Owen, David Nail and more!  There are just TWO AUDITIONS LEFT!!  There’s one tonight at Towne Square Mall and one Saturday at Taylor’s Tavern!  Are you ready to take the stage??  Then check out our complete list of contest rules . . .

“BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” OFFICIAL RULES and AUDITION LOCATIONS

#1-  Contestants must be 16 years of age by July 30th, 2011. 

#2-  To be eligible for “THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O . . . presented by Henderson Chevrolet Buick GMC” consideration, participants MUST audition at one of several pre-determined open-call audition sites, located throughout the WBKR listening area.  Some audition locations are “21 and over” establishments (designated by ***).  Contestants under the age of 21 can audition ONLY at locations in which they are legally permitted.  Auditions will be held in the month of June 2011 at the following locations . . .

June 11th . . . Taylor’s Bar & Grill in Owensboro***, KY (Sign in 6-7p.  Auditions 7p)

June 17th . . . The Sandbar in Owensboro, KY***  (Sign in 6-7p.  Auditions 7p)

June 23rd . . . Towne Square Mall in Owensboro, KY (Sign in 5-6pm.  Auditions 6p)

June 25th . . . Taylor’s Bar & Grill in Owensboro, KY*** (Sign in 6-7p.  Auditions 7p)

#3-  To audition, participants must register at their chosen audition site or sites by 7PM (with the exception of the Towne Square Mall audition site where registrations end at 6pm). Participants must also provide own accompaniment . . . whether it be instrumental CD track, guitar or keyboard.  CD tracks must ONLY contain BACKGROUND vocals.  Participants determined to be singing along with a lead vocal will be disqualified from the audition process.  Keyboards should have built-in speakers (or other external sound source) in the event patching is not an option.

#4-  A panel of “THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” judges will choose a finalist (or finalists) from each “BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” audition location.  Any remaining finalists will be designated as “wild card” entries and may/will be selected from the entire pool of hopefuls.  Selections of the twelve “BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” finalists are final and indisputable and the actual number of finalists could be a number greater or less than twelve and will be ultimately determined by the success of the audition process and the viability of the contestants involved. 

#5- Since judges MAY vary at each “BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” audition location, would-be participants CAN audition at multiple audition locations if they so choose and are encouraged to do so.
 
#6- “THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” is open to solo acts, duos, small ensembles and bands.  However, due to space/sound restrictions imposed by THE BIG O MUSIC FESTIVAL, any band participating must perform in an ACOUSTIC manner both during auditions and the BIG O MUSIC FEST in the event a band indeed wins.  Drum sets are PROHIBITED, though a single snare, bongo or beat box is allowed.  THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE in either the audition or finale process.  This is STRICTLY ENFORCED.    

#7-  The “BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” finale is Saturday, July 23rd at DIAMOND LAKE THEATRE at 7301 Hobbs Road, Owensboro, KY.  Tickets for the finale event will go on sale following the culmination of the audition process and the announcement of BATTLE finalists.   Tickets will be available at WBKR.com.
 
#8-   “THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” finalists MUST participate in the finale event to be eligible for grand prize consideration.
 
#9-  At “THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” finale event, finalists will perform a mini-set (consisting of two songs) before a panel of judges who will provide feedback and ultimately choose the grand prize winner.  That decision is final and indisputable. 

#10-  The winner of “THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” will win $500 and officially open THE BIG O MUSIC FEST, Saturday, July 30th,  at Reid’s Orchard in Owensboro.  The champion(s) will prepare a three to four song set of covers, originals or combination of both (maximum performance time will be 15-20 minutes).  Any sound requirements by the champion and those participating in the performance, MUST BE CLEARED by WBKR personnel, who will then get clearance from the organizers of THE BIG O MUSIC FEST. 

#11-  The champion of “THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” must also get pre-approval of his/her/their set list to ensure that it does not conflict with the song list of another act on the schedule.  Covers by the following artists are prohibited:  DIERKS BENTLEY, CHRIS YOUNG, COLT FORD, JAKE OWEN, DAVID NAIL, STEVE HOLY and SARAH DARLING.
 
#12-  In addition to appearing on stage at THE BIG O MUSIC FEST, the champion of THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O will appear on THE WBKR WAKING CREW show the morning of Friday, July 29th, from 6am to 9am.  This too is a performance/showcase opportunity. 

#13-  The Country Station, 92.5 WBKR and the organizers of THE BIG O MUSIC FEST reserve the right to change any of the above rules or prizes without notice before and/or during the contest.  Decisions of the WBKR staff and its partners are final and cannot be disputed.
 
#14-  Owners, employees, servants or agents of WBKR and THE BIG O MUSIC FEST and other sponsors or relatives or family members of such owners, officers, directors, employees, servants or agents are NOT eligible to participate in “THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O.”  However, finalists of past WBKR-sponsored talent contests such as “Willie-Oke” and “Goldie’s Survivor” MAY participate in our newest talent search.  Past winners of the THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O are prohibited from entering again, but past finalists ARE eligible to re-audition!

That bears repeating . . .  Past winners of the THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O are prohibited from entering again, but past finalists ARE eligible to re-audition!

In consideration of the forgoing and for valuable consideration, I hereby forever release and discharge Townsquare Media, Henderson Chevy Buick GMC and The Big O Music Fest, their officers, directors, and any employees from any claim, loss, or damage caused by or arising out of my participation in the aforementioned contest, or related to the prize itself, or its use and/or operation by myself and/or my guests.  Townsquare Media, Henderson Chevy Buick GMC and The Big O Music Fest have completely fulfilled their obligation to me as a potential prize winner   I acknowledge that I am not, nor is anyone in my immediate family eligible to win any prize(s) on this radio station for 30 days.  I further acknowledge that I am responsible for all local, state, and federal taxes and license fees arising out of my participation in this contest and I will receive IRS Form 1099 within 31 days from the end of the calendar year should the value of the total prize consideration exceed $600.00 (Six Hundred Dollars and no cents).

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By signing this document, I hereby declare that I have read, understand and agree to comply with the above rules and regulations for THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O presented by Henderson Chevrolet Buick GMC.

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