Owensboro's Jenny Beth Willis, fresh off her national television appearance on American Idol, has her sights set on a new competition.  And last week at O'Bryan's Bar and Grill, she took on the song "Up To The Mountain" and blasted her way into the finals of WBKR's Battle for the Big O.  Check out her performance.  It was amazing!

The Battle for the Big O finale is Saturday, August 24th at Diamond Lake's Good Time Theatre.  There, Jenny Beth and our other finalists will compete for $1,000 and the chance to open the 2013 Bath Fitter Big O Music Fest.

The Battle for The Big O is presented by Henderson Chevy Buick GMC and CBS 44.  Two more open auditions remain.  Here are the official rules for the contest and additional audition locations.


Presented by Henderson Chevrolet Buick GMC and CBS 44

Official Contest Rules

#1- Contestants must be 13 years of age by August 31st, 2013.

#2- To be eligible for “THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” . . . presented by Henderson Chevrolet and CBS 44 . . .,participants MUST audition at one of several pre-determined open-call audition sites, located throughout the WBKR listening area. Auditions will be held in the months of June/July/August 2013 at the following locations on the following dates . . .

Saturday, June 22nd . . . Trunnell’s Farm Market in Owensboro, KY (1pm)

Saturday, June 29th . . . O’Bryan’s Bar & Grill in Owensboro, KY (7pm)

Saturday, July 27th . . . Towne Square Mall, Owensboro, KY (4pm)

Friday, Aug 2nd . . . Hawg-N-Sauce, Mount Vernon, IN (TimeTBD)

#3- To audition, participants must register at their chosen audition site or sites before the stated audition time. Registrations open one hour prior to start of auditions. 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 “BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” finalists are final and indisputable and the actual number of finalists 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. Failure to adhere to this rule could result in immediate disqualification from the contest.

#7- The “BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” finale is 7pm, Saturday, August 24th 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 (approximately Monday, August 5th). Tickets will be available for purchase at WBKR.com, the WBKR studios and Diamond Lake Campground and Resort.

#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 industry professionals who will provide live 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 $1000 and officially open THE BIG O MUSIC FEST, Saturday, August 31st 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: Jake Owen, Justin Moore, Love & Theft, Colt Ford, Lo Cash Cowboys, Kristen Kelly, and Jaclyn Graves.

#12- In addition to appearing on stage at THE BIG O MUSIC FEST, the champion of THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O is invited to appear live during JAC’S BIG O PARTY, Friday, August 30th at the WBKR studios. In addition to playing live on air during the lunchtime hour, the champion will also perform a 30-minute set in the front lawn of WBKR studios. While participation in this particular event is optional, it is encouraged as it presents an excellent opportunity for additional media exposure.

#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!