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Here are the basics for the preliminary auditions for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, June 6 to 8, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights.

Rules and regulations

• Participants must register to audition by visiting Registration will open Friday, May 10.

• Audition spaces are limited and participants will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

• Participants must read and sign the Suburban Chicago's Got Talent policies and waiver and bring a signed copy to their audition.

• Participants must bring the entrance fee to their audition: $5 for a solo act, $10 for a group act. Cash only.

• Participants must be available to perform at all of the following: Top 30 show part I (15 acts) at Metropolis -- 7 p.m. Sunday, June 23; Top 30 show part II (15 acts) at Metropolis -- 7 p.m. Sunday, July 7; Top 15 show at Metropolis -- 7 p.m. Sunday, July 21; Top 10 show -- 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4; Top 10 show and winner announcement at the Taste of Arlington Heights -- Saturday, Aug. 10 (exact time to be determined).

• Individual participants must prepare one routine of one to two minutes for the audition. Additional routines will be required if an act moves on in the competition. Different requirements apply for bands.

• Limited slots are reserved for bands to audition, so early registration is encouraged. Each band will have 20 minutes to load in, two to three minutes to perform and 10 minutes to load out. Provided equipment will include monitors, six inputs, the vocal mics. Two crew members will be available to assist with load in and load out.

• Singers are required to sing a cappella or with live instruments only. Participants must supply own accompanist.

• All routines must be able to be performed in our theater space: 46 feet wide, 21 feet deep, 20 feet high.

• Acts MAY NOT include fire, sharp objects, weapons, explosives (pyrotechnics), fogger, hazers or animals.

• All acts must be family-friendly, as shows will be open to all ages.

• Acts MAY NOT contain material that is sexually explicit, obscene, pornographic, violent (e.g., relating to murder, the sale of weapons, cruelty, abuse, etc.), discriminatory (based on race, sex, religion, natural origin, physical disability, sexual orientation or age), illegal (e.g. underage drinking, substance abuse, computer hacking, etc.), offensive, threatening, profane or harassing, each as determined by Suburban Chicago's Got Talent in its sole discretion.

• Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

• All participants must perform sober.

• Only amateur acts will be seen. Acts with professional representation will not be eligible.


• Acts will be judged by a panel of judges selected by Suburban Chicago's Got Talent. All decisions of the judges are final. Acts will be scored based on the following three criteria: Entertainment Value & Appeal, Creativity and Ability. A portion of judging will also encompass live audience voting at each performance.

• Judges will select the 30 acts with the highest score to perform at the Top 30 shows on Sunday, June 23, and July 7. Suburban Chicago's Got Talent reserves the right to pick fewer than 30 acts, or to extend the auditions in its sole discretion if it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries. If there is a tie in number of votes, then the judges shall decide the Top 30 based on the scoring criteria. The same process will repeat to determine a Top 15, a Top 10 and overall winner.

• Online voting will be allowed after the Top 15 and Top 10 perform. The winner of the first round of voting is guaranteed a spot in the Top 10. The winner from both rounds of voting combined will be named Fan Favorite. The prize will be announced later.

• The winner of the competition, as determined by the judges, will get an expenses-paid trip to audition for an "America's Got Talent" screening panel.

• Winners are responsible for any taxes on prizes won.


• All participants must be available to perform at the performance dates listed above. Performances for the Top 30, Top 15 and Top 10 shows will all begin at 7 p.m. The Winner Announcement performance will feature another performance from the Top 10 acts. Eligible participants will be notified of their call time closer to the show date.

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Participants agree that Suburban Chicago's Got Talent and the Daily Herald may use any image, photograph, voice or likeness in its promotional materials and publicity efforts without additional compensation. Participants understand that these photographs, images, video or audio may be retouched or enhanced and may further be used in publications, print ads, electronic media (e.g., video, CD-ROM, Internet/WWW), or other media now known or hereafter created, anywhere in the world. Participants further understand that by participating in the photography or filming, they release Suburban Chicago's Got Talent and its representatives, licensees, employees, photographers and their designees from any and all liability for any violation of any privacy or proprietary rights.

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