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Rules

NOVA Idol contestants must be enrolled in at least one NOVA course during the Spring Semester of 2015 and in good academic standing. This includes dual enrolled students. High school NOVA Idol contestants must be enrolled in one of the area high schools. Winners from previous years are not allowed to compete again.

All contestants must submit an online Audition Application Form by the audition date. The Release Form must be signed at the time of audition. Auditions will be held at each campus November 3-11, 2014. See the specific campus dates below.

Campus Audition Dates

Day

Campus

Date

Time

Location

Monday

AL

Nov. 3, 2014

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tyler 121

Tuesday

AN

Nov. 4, 2014

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday

MA

Nov. 5, 2014

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Colgan Theater

Thursday

MEC

Nov. 6, 2014

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Faculty Lounge, 304

Monday

LO

Nov. 10, 2014

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Fitness Center, LR 111

Tuesday

WO

Nov. 11, 2014

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Theater, Room120

Each contestant must sing without accompaniment for no longer than two minutes at one of the campuses on a designated date during November 3-11, 2014. All contestants will be videotaped.

Approximately 40 college students may be chosen as semi-finalists. The Executive Committee may select 10 additional contestants as wild card semi-finalists.

Approximately 10 high school students may be chosen as semi-finalists. The Executive Committee may select three additional contestants as wild card semi-finalists.

Semi-finalists and finalists for NOVA Idol and High School NOVA Idol must be prepared for an honest and professional evaluation. Emotional reactions are inappropriate at this level of competition. If you cannot handle stress and pointers about your weaknesses, the NOVA Idol Executive Committee urges you to reconsider your participation in the contest.

NOVA Idol Winner:
The winner is expected to perform at NOVA and other public events for one year after winning the contest. The winner will also be a semi-finals judge in 2015.

High School NOVA Idol Winner:
The winner will be asked to perform at NOVA and other public events for one year after winning the contest. The winner will also be a semi-finals judge in 2015.

Wild Card Selections

During November 2014, the Executive Committee will review recordings from the auditions for NOVA Idol and High School NOVA Idol. They will review top individual scores from campus judges and may contact contestants who scored very high, but did not make the list of semi-finalists. Ten of the college contestants may be chosen as wild card choices, thus possibly totaling 50 semi-finalists (40 from the first audition and 10 wild card choices.) Three high school contestants will be chosen as wild card choices, thus totaling 13 semi-finalists (10 from the first audition and three wild card choices). After Wild Card selections, all semi-finalists will be notified and their names posted on the website.

Information for Semi-finalists Friday, January 23, 2015 (Annandale Campus)

If necessary, update your application form by completing the Application for Semi-finalists by January 16, 2015.

All the semi-finalists need to send their instrumental CD or email one mp3 file of the song they will sing to the NOVA Idol coordinator by January 16, 2015. The music will be used when they sing at the Ernst Center at the Annandale Campus on Friday, January 23, 2015. The public will be invited to attend the performance of the semi-finalists, but cannot vote. Judges will select NOVA Idol finalists and High School finalists.

Note: The NOVA Idol finalists MUST be enrolled in at least one course (1-5 credits) at NOVA during the Spring 2015 Semester and in good academic standing. All college finalists will be verified for course enrollment. The Executive Committee will select three more college students and one more high school student, thus a total of 12 finalists.

Information for Vocal Coaching and Rehearsals

Finalists must complete the Application for Finalists by January 20, 2015.

January 25 - March 21, 2015
Finalists will rehearse with a vocal coach. They should bring a recorder to capture the instructions and suggestions offered by the coach. All rehearsals and vocal coaching will take place at the Annandale Campus once a week beginning on January 25.

Mandatory vocal coaching sessions are once a week for seven weeks, each session will last 45 minutes. At the first rehearsal/vocal coaching, finalists need to bring three song choices in a CD format. In addition, a voice recorder and a bottle of water at room temperature should be brought to all rehearsals/vocal coaching sessions.

Group Dance and Partial Band Rehearsal 
2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Group Dance and Partial Band Rehearsal 
2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Full Band Rehearsal 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Information for Final Rehearsal and Performance for Finalists – March 26-27, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Finalists will rehearse the entire day on the Schlesinger stage with a live band. BE ON TIME for the rehearsal. THERE WILL BE NO RESCHEDULING. Finalists should bring a recorder to capture this rehearsal.

Friday, March 27, 2015
Finalists must wear semi-formal attire for the competition scheduled from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. The pre-show begins at 6 p.m. Finalists will be accompanied by the band on March 27. The votes of both audience and judges will be tallied to choose the winner for NOVA Idol (college student) and High School NOVA Idol (high school student).