Surf City's Nights "Got Talent" Competition 2017
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In the spirit of fostering the emerging talent in the Orange County performing arts community, Surf City Nights is proud to underwrite and produce an adjudicated competition showcasing the splendidly talented people in the Orange County area. Participants are competing for prizes, special awards, and Surf City Nights performance opportunities.

Registration is CLOSED for the 3rd Annual Surf City's Got Talent Competition! Sign up early next year.

  • First Step: Read the following guidelines and information. Click on the REGISTER NOW button. Complete the online registration form and SUBMIT.
  • Second Step: A confirmation will be e-mailed to you. Please be aware that we can only accommodate 25 performers for each category per night. Space is offered on a first come first serve basis.
  • Third Step: STAY CONNECTED A) Check your mail and e-mail regularly for information about your assigned date / time / location for the Preliminary Round in late January/February 2016! B) Visit this web page frequently for updates on scholarships, awards and prizes! C) Follow our social media sites for information about winners and the semi-finals and finals winners.

There are no fees to participate


Important Dates

  • January 31st, 2017 Preliminary Round Competition
  • February 28th, 2017 Semi Finals & Finals

Guidelines for the Competition

  • Any participant living or attending school in the Orange County area may enter
  • Performers may only enter ONCE - either as a solo act or as part of a group
  • Entries may consist of one (1) to four (4) performers working together on a cohesive presentation (Groups of 4 or more need approval beforehand)
  • Applicants may compete in (but are not limited to) the following performance categories: Singer, Actor, Musician, Dancer, Rapper, Comedian, Magician, Ventriloquist, Circus Skills performer (i.e. Juggler, Clown, Aerialist, etc.)
  • Each act must perform a minimum of 2 minutes and must not exceed 5 minutes
  • Acts must perform the same material at each round of competition
  • Acts may not add or substitute a new performer for another after the Preliminary round; all contestants must be completely registered prior to performing in the Preliminary round
  • Acts should select material that is "family friendly" and age-appropriate; content may not contain foul language or violent subject matter
  • Applicants must be available on the posted dates for Preliminary, Semi-final and Final Competitions

Judging Information

Performers will be viewed by a panel of qualified judges at each round of competition. Judges will select the best talent regardless of category (i.e. dance, instrumental, vocal, drama, comedy and specialty act). The judging criteria at each level of competition will be:

  1. Interpretation
  2. Stage Presence: poise, personality
  3. Technical Ability
  4. BONUS POINTS will be awarded for Originality

Technical Information

The Producers will provide the following equipment and personnel at all rounds of competition:

  • PA System
  • Microphones (up to 2)
  • Mic Stands (up to 2)
  • Stage Staff
  • Chairs (up to 6)
  • CD/MP3/Flashdrive Playback equipment (cell phones may not be used to play music)
  • General Lighting

Any additional equipment must be provided by the performers and at their own expense. Please contact Surf City Nights in advance to discuss at ten.nozirev|sthginyticfrus#ten.nozirev|sthginyticfrus


Advice for you as you prepare:

  • Think creatively
  • Find and use a quality/clean/clear recording of your music; a bad recording reflects badly on you
  • Choose material that allows you to be creative
  • Published material is absolutely fine but find a way to be original with your approach, interpretation, etc. to gain ORIGINALITY points
  • Doing original work is absolutely fine but does not guarantee you ORIGINALITY points; to get these points, the material still needs to be good and presented well
  • Strive to ENTERTAIN the judges and audience if appropriate or MOVE the audience to feel something if that is more appropriate; Good material presented well will typically allow you to both entertain and move an audience
  • Don’t perform ‘rote’; Connect with your audience; Get your audience to emotionally and intellectually invest in your performance
  • Understand the material you are performing; Know WHAT you are saying and WHY
  • Circus Skills / Novelty acts:
    • Should develop a beginning, middle and an end to their routine to create a story
    • Consider creating a character or stage persona that will allow you to have a larger personality & heighten the performance
    • If your skill is esoteric – explain the skill to the judges & audience so that they understand what you are doing and the craft involved
  • Think about the “whole package” — not just about getting the performance ‘technically’ correct
    • DRESS APPROPRIATELY: Does your outfit make sense with what you are performing? Is it pleasing? Is it a distraction? Is it age-appropriate? Is it comfortable? If you choose to wear something you don’t normally wear, ALWAYS REHEARSE in it so that you don’t appear uncomfortable to the audience;
    • POISE & CONFIDENCE: Look happy to be there and performing; Walk on and off stage with confidence and poise; Remember to bow or in some way acknowledge the audience’s applause; REHEARSE: Practice in front of a mirror and/or with an audience (family, friends, teachers or trusted advisors.) Get honest feedback in advance

Advice to remember when you attend each round of competition:

  • Judges are on your side; They want you to succeed
  • If the tech is not correct before you begin, talk to the stage manager to get it corrected before you perform e.g. a microphone is too high or too low on the stand, there is debris on the stage and you are about to dance
  • If there is an issue with the tech after you begin, STOP, get it resolved, and then begin again; It’s okay to do this
  • You are ‘performing’ from the moment we see you walk on stage until you exit from stage; You want to present the ‘whole package’ of poise, confidence, talent and appropriate wardrobe
  • Be polite to ALL staff / volunteers working the event – we talk to each other; your behavior off stage reflects on you as much as your performance on stage
  • Ask yourself, “If I were in the audience, would I be interested in watching this?”
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