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Rookie's Sports Bar
Karaoke & Dancing
Every Wednesday!!
304 Iron Street
Negaunee, MI 49866
(906) 475-6436
  
The Paradise Bar
Karaoke & Dancing
122 W. Division Street
Ishpeming, MI 49849
(906) 486-8851
Every Friday and Saturday Nights!!
with either DJ Mel or another DJ Associate

 
Come sing on a spectacular sound system
and be the STAR that you are!!!



 TALENT QUEST 2016
INTERNATIONAL KARAOKE CONTEST

Upper Peninsula, Michigan


Best Male and Female Country Singers
Best Male and Female Pop Singers
Best Male and Female Masters (age 50 & up)

The competition begins at the local level. Winners in each category will be selected on a weekly basis. The preliminary round weekly winners then return for a Grand Finals Competition. The 1st and 2nd place winners in each category of the Local Grand Finals will move on to the Regional Competition, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 & 31, 2016, at Red Rock Lanes & Banquet Center in Ishpeming. Winners will be selected at the Regional Competition to move on to the National Competition, which will be held at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Laughlin, Nevada during the week of September 11-18, 2016, with paid hotel for one week and airfare to and from, paid airport parking, 2 nights at Circus Circus & and 1 night at the D in Las Vegas with transportation to and from Las Vegas to Laughlin paid.

This year, we will be sending 6 people to the Regional Competition.

QUALIFYING ROUNDS

Rookies Sports Bar
Negaunee, Michigan
Every Wednesday from 2/3/16-3/23/16
2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23
Sign in and warm up at 9:30 p.m.
Contest start time: 11 p.m.
Contest entry fee: $5.00

Paradise Bar
Ishpeming, Michigan
Preliminary rounds from 2/5/16-3/25/16 on the following Fridays:
2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25
Sign in and warm up at 9 p.m.
Contest start time: 11 p.m.
Contest entry fee: $5.00

Red Rock Lanes & Banquet Center
Ishpeming, Michigan
Preliminary rounds from 4/8/16-5/20/16 on the following Fridays:
4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20
Sign in and warm up at 9 p.m.
Contest start time: 11 p.m.
Contest entry fee: $5.00

Up North Lodge
Gwinn, Michigan
Preliminary rounds from 5/14/16-6/24/16 on the following Fridays and Saturdays:
5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/18, 6/24
Sign in and warm up at 9 p.m.
Contest start time: 10 p.m.
Contest entry fee: $5.00

Skipper's Bar & Grille
L'Anse, Michigan
Preliminary rounds from 2/20/16-4/30/16 on the following Saturdays:
2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/23, 4/30
Sign in and warm up at 9:00 p.m.
Contest start time: 11:00 p.m.
Contest entry fee: $5.00

GRAND FINALS
(No fee required on this date)

Rookies Sports Bar
Negaunee, Michigan
March 30, 2016
Sign-in and Registration: 6:45-7:45 p.m.
Contest Start Time: 8 p.m.

Paradise Bar
Ishpeming, Michigan
April 1, 2016
Sign-in and Registration: 6:45-7:45 p.m.
Contest Start Time: 8 p.m.

Red Rock Lanes & Banquet Center
Ishpeming, Michigan
May 27, 2016
Sign-in and Registration: 6:45-7:45 p.m.
Contest Start Time: 8 p.m.

Up North Lodge
Gwinn, Michigan
June 25, 2016
Sign-in and Registration: 5:45-6:45 p.m.
Contest Start Time: 7 p.m.

Skipper's Bar & Grille
L'Anse, Michigan
May 7, 2016
Sign-in and Registration: 6:45-7:45 p.m.
Contest Start Time: 8 p.m.

PRIZES FOR LOCAL GRAND FINALS

1ST PLACE IN EACH CATEGORY
*The opportunity to compete at the Regional level at Red Rock Lanes & Banquet Center.
*Evening Star DJ/Karaoke T-shirts (to be received at Regionals)
*Small trophy.

2ND PLACE IN EACH CATEGORY
*The opportunity to compete at the Regional level at Red Rock Lanes & Banquet Center
*Evening Star DJ/Karaoke T-shirts (to be received at Regionals)
*Medal.

3RD PLACE IN EACH CATEGORY
*If for some reason a 1st or 2nd Place winner is unable to go to Regionals,
3rd Place Winners will be invited to go in their place.

Singers will be allowed to compete and win at ALL Talent Quest venues in the preliminary rounds, but you will only be able to take 1st or 2nd Place at the Local Grand Finals at one location. If you win 1st or 2nd Place at one location, then you will not be able to compete in the Local Grand Finals at the other locations, but you will (of course) move on to Regionals! You are only allowed to compete in one category in the preliminary rounds at a venue, but you are allowed to compete in a different category at another venue during the preliminary rounds. The Country category consists of only Country songs. The Pop/Rock category can consist of any type of song, other than country or rap/hip hop. The Masters category can consist of any style of song, other than rap/hip hop.

U.P. REGIONALS 2016
Red Rock Lanes & Banquet Center

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2016 (Round 1, All Singers)
Sign-in and Registration: 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.
Contest Start Time (Round 1, All Singers): 11:00 a.m.
Break: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Contest Resumes (Continue Round 1): 3:30 p.m.
Regionals Registration Fee:  $20.00 (on the first day only)

Date: Sunday, July 31, 2016 (Top 30 & Duets)
Sign-in: 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.
Contest Start Time (Round 2, Finalists): 11:00 a.m.
Break: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Contest Resumes (Duets, Finalists): 3:30 p.m.

TALENT QUEST REGIONALS PRIZES

3rd Place in Each Category: 12" Trophy.

2nd Place in Each Category: $50.00 and 20" Trophy.  
Live performance at the Marquette County Fair on Sunday, August 14, 2016, from 1-5 p.m.

1st Place in Each Category for a total of SIX WINNERS!: A trip to Talent Quest Nationals in Laughlin, NV, including 1-week paid hotel and airfare, 2 nights at Circus Circus in Las Vegas, 1 night at The D in Las Vegas, NV, paid transportation to and from Laughlin & 26" Trophy. Live performance at the Marquette County Fair on Sunday, August 14, 2016, from 1-5 p.m.

JUDGING
30 points - Vocal ability
10 points - Stage presence/charisma
10 points - Dress (Do you look like a star?)

Talent Quest Nationals headquarters recommends two different styles of judging during the preliminary rounds. This year, we will use the first type of judging suggested, which is by audience ballots, where you pass out a ballot to everyone in the room and request that they vote for their top 3 favorite singers. This system works even if a singer brings in lots of friends because the friends not only vote for their friend, but they MUST vote for 2 more favorite singers or else their ballot is disregarded. This is how all scoring evens out.

If you don’t win a preliminary round the first time you try at a particular venue, keep coming back until you make it in. Once you make it to the Grand Finals, that’s when we bring in knowledgeable judges. For the Grand Finals, Talent Quest recommends 3-5 judges who are knowledgeable in the field of entertainment. Following the Grand Finals, all contestant scores will be posted.

Judging for Regionals consists of 4-7 knowledgeable judges in the field of music/entertainment.

AND...HOW ABOUT THIS:
This year, also, a reality show pilot (It's So Not Karaoke) will be filming Talent Quest singers beginning at small local venues, all the way through to Nationals at various locations. It's quite possible that cameramen will venture up to the Upper Peninsula and film TQ karaoke Yooper style! More details to come!

This year's photographers (Thank you!):
KSEA Photo
Twisted Techno
Heather Leigh Photography

If you have any questions, feel free to post them here or message me.

For more details, go to: www.talentquest.org
And: www.eveningstardj.com
Must be 21 to enter.

GOOD LUCK SINGERS!!!
 

 
To see pictures of Upper Peninsula Talent Quest winners, please click on the karaoke contest winners button above.
 
 
Hey Mel-
We all have really enjoyed having you as a new addition to the casino entertainment.  You are something we can offer our customers that is different from the normal entertainment, and guess what...THEY LOVE YOU!!!  Thanks for putting on such a great show down here, you have made a great impact!  I hope you continue to enjoy it down here, and anything I can do for ya, let me know.  Here's a big thanks from Me & Dotti!!!!  
Jacki Marinich, Marketing Director for Ojibwa Casino (Baraga) (June 2009)





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