BigTime Productions, in conjunction with The Post-Journal, has released the list of contestants in "Chautauqua's Got Talent" Contest
After much grueling deliberation following auditions held at the Spire of Jamestown, the judges and production team of "Chautauqua's Got Talent" have decided that everyone who auditioned for the contest should continue to the next phase of the contest and perform in front of a live, voting audience.
Since there are so many contestants and this year's production team feels that their fate should be left up to the audience vote there will be a new rule in place for opening night. Each contestant will have exactly 1 minutes to wow the crowed before the buzzer goes off to make time for everyone to perform without running the show in to the wee hours.
The grand prize for this year's contest is a promo package consisting of a website provided by BigTime Productions plus $500 cash prize provided in part by Odyssey Hall and Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation.
Selected participants include, in no particular order:
Shelby Nelson and co. a dancer from Bemus Point
Madison McClelland a singer from Lakewood
Kayla Walker-Fleurant and Rap Sensation, rappers from Jamestown
Lion Avalanche, Rock/Alternative band from Jamestown
Joshua Anderson "Beefy", stand-up comedian from Warren
Studio Dance Hip Hop Crew from Lakewood
Studio Dance Ballet from Lakewood
Austin Anderson a singer/guitarist from Jamestown
Stephanie Benson a singer/guitarist from Jamestown
Nash Nelson a singer from Bemus Point
Grace Auer a singer from Bemus Point
Sky Taraoacki a singer from Jamestown
Emma Wirsen a singer from Jamestown
Malinda Stoller a singer/mandolin and guitar player from Jamestown
Aaron Stone guitarist from Fredonia
Meghan Farnham a singer from Forestville
Michael Krempa a singer from Jamestown
Ashley Paulus a singer/guitar and piano player from Dewittville
Gabrielle Lawery a singer from Jamestown
Tirell McEntire a vocal and dance artist from Jamestown
Anna Paterniti a dancer from Jamestown
Haley Laughlin and Kaitlyn Gunsolus singers from Jamestown
Liam Crandall a singer from Bemus Point
Halle Weston a singer from Bemus Point
Benjamin Swanson a singer from Jamestown
Albert Molina a singer from Jamestown
Rosie Donaldson a singer/guitarist from Jamestown
Leisha Kolstee a singer from Jamestown
Beyond the Illusion a band from Jamestown
The third annual countywide talent competition will be held at The Spire, 317 E Third St., Jamestown and will run Mondays from Feb. 27 to March 26 at 7 p.m.
This year's contest will be hosted by local performer and Radio Personality, Matt Warren. Much like the TV show America's Got Talent, this contest will have a judge's panel that will offer constructive criticism but the audience will decide the winner. Log on to www.thecrown.org for more info. The results for each stage of the competition will be in The Post-Journal every Tuesday morning following performances.
Tickets are will be on sale at Jamestown Savings Bank Arena and The Labyrinth Press Company Cafe, $6 presale $7 at the door per night, or $20 for a pass to all nights. Find and "Like" Chautauqua's Got Talent on facebook.com for opportunities to get discounts on tickets and to have the inside scoop on what is happening with the cast and crew.