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Rules and Regulations

Mid Level and Regional Sites
Mid level rules are the same as local rules except for the following:


1.        All Mid Level site contests will be run as an open genre contest with Male’s competing against Male’s and
Female’s competing against Female’s with the Winner being the Top Scoring Male and the Top Scoring Female.

2.        Contestants MUST enter at a LOCAL Venue contest in their area if one is provided within a 75 mile
radius.

3.        Contestants MAY buy into a Mid Level contest if there is no local qualifying venues within a 75 mile
radius.

4.        Buy in fee NOT to exceed $100. Buy in fee goes directly to the Venue or person responsible for sending
the winners to the National contest.

5.        If a Mid Level contest Finals starts at a Quarter Final or Semi Final elimination round, those wishing to
buy in MUST start at the beginning of the Elimination Rounds.

6.        Mid Level sites shall provide at least 3 judges for each competition.  No audience participation judging
allowed at Mid Level Finals contest. Judges may not be employees of a Mid Level site venue. Judges may not
be related to any contestant.

7.        All expenses incurred traveling to and from a Mid Level site is the responsibility of the contestant. Some
local venues are supplying transportation and lodging costs to winning contestants, but are not required to do
so. Check with local venues for more information.

8.        Mid Level sites are those who have contestants advancing from a local final. Winners of a Mid Level
contest automatically advance to the national finals. Contestants, who advance from a Mid Level site, to the
International contest, are awarded airfare/transportation costs from Mid Level site city to and from the
International Contest plus lodging at the Tropicana Hotel/Casino for the International Finals week by the Mid
Level site club. Exceptions: Mid Level sites who are within an eight hour driving distance to the International
Contest site are allowed to provide ground transportation costs instead of airfare to its winners.  It is not the
responsibility of TALENT QUEST to furnish any contestant travel allowance or accommodations regardless of
any regional site not fulfilling its obligation to supply the winning contestants with travel allowance, entry fee or
hotel accommodations.

9.        Some local venues choose to advance their winners directly to the International Contest. These sites are
not regional sites, but merely local venues that are providing their winners entry fee, (which include hotel
accommodations) and airfare/transportation costs. It is not the responsibility of TALENT QUEST to furnish any
contestant travel allowance or accommodations regardless of any club/venue not fulfilling its obligation to supply
the winning contestants with travel allowance, entry fee or hotel accommodations.

10.        All contestants will be scored on the 50 point system. Each Mid Level site shall select no more than 20
contestants nor less than 10 contestants with the best 5 scores, in each music category, for a second or third
round of competition. Scores of the first round will be compiled with the scores of the second round to determine
a Mid Level site winner in each music category. Some Mid Level sites have three rounds of singing, with the
third round scores compiled with the first two rounds to determine a Mid Level site Top Male and Top Female
winner . In case of a tie, a sing-off for the first place only will occur between the contestants tied for first place,
and will be scored on the 50 point system. If the sing-off does not determine a winner, the judges will collaborate
between each other and determine the winner. A contestant performing due to a tie may not use a song
previously used during the final competition.

limited to 4 minutes and thirty seconds and 2nd song time limit will be 4 minutes and 30 seconds. For Mid Level
11.        Song time limits: For Mid Level sites electing to do the 2 round system song time limits are: 1st song
sites electing to do the 3 round system song time limits are: 1st and 2nd song time is 4 minutes and 3rd song 4
minutes and 30 seconds. Songs going over the time limit will be cut off. Judges will be instructed to not deduct
points because of a song being cut off. Contestants continuing to sing after the time limit and music stoppage
will have points deducted from their scores. Deducted points not to exceed 3 points per judge.

12.        Upon completion of performance the contestant is given a brief moment to bow and take audience
applause, then must immediately exit the stage and take along any props used by the contestant. A delay by
the contestant to leave the stage area will result in points being deducted from the contestant’s score. Deducted
points not to exceed 3 points per judge.

13.        Mid Level contests may be held from January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017. All Mid Level winners’
information advancing to the International Finals, along with all monies, must be in to TALENT QUEST office
within 7 Days of the Final contest.

14.        Winners of the regional contest advancing to the National Contest must be able to travel between
Saturday, September 09, 2017 to Monday, September 18, 2017.

THESE RULES MAY BE CHANGED OR MODIFIED AT ANY TIME BY TALENT QUEST OWNERS ONLY.



Rules and Regulations REGIONAL LEVEL - 2017


Regional level rules are the same as local rules except for the following:

1.        All regional sites must have a contest for at least two of the three categories. Contestants entering a
regional contest will compete against other contestants from other local venues advancing to regional level.

2.        Contestants MAY buy into a Regional Level contest if there is no local qualifying venues within a 75 mile
radius.

3.        Buy in fee NOT to exceed $100. Buy in fee goes directly to the Venue or person responsible for sending
the winners to the National contest.

4.        If a Regional Level contest Finals starts at a Quarter Final or Semi Final elimination round, those wishing
to buy in MUST start at the beginning of the Elimination Rounds.

5.        Previous Regional winners may enter the next years Regional contest.

6.        Regional sites shall provide at least 5 judges for each competition.  No audience participation judging
allowed at regional contest. Judges may not be employees of a regional site venue. Judges may not be related
to any contestant.

7.        All expenses incurred traveling to and from a regional site is the responsibility of the contestant. Some
local venues are supplying transportation and lodging costs to winning contestants, but are not required to do
so. Check with local venues for more information.

8.        Regional sites are those who have contestants advancing from a local final. Winners of a regional
contest automatically advance to the national finals. Contestants, who advance from a regional site, to the
national contest, are awarded airfare/transportation costs from regional site city to and from the International
Contest plus lodging at the Tropicana Hotel/Casino for the International Finals week by the Regional site club.
Exceptions: Regional sites who are within an eight hour driving distance to the International Contest site are
allowed to provide ground transportation costs instead of airfare to its winners.  It is not the responsibility of
TALENT QUEST to furnish any contestant travel allowance or accommodations regardless of any regional site
not fulfilling its obligation to supply the winning contestants with travel allowance, entry fee or hotel
accommodations.

9.        Some local venues choose to advance their winners directly to the International Contest. These sites are
not regional sites, but merely local venues that are providing their winners entry fee, (which include hotel
accommodations) and airfare/transportation costs. It is not the responsibility of TALENT QUEST to furnish any
contestant travel allowance or accommodations regardless of any club/venue not fulfilling its obligation to supply
the winning contestants with travel allowance, entry fee or hotel accommodations.

10.        All contestants will be scored on the 50 point system. Each regional site shall select no more than 20
contestants nor less than 10 contestants with the best 5 scores, in each music category, for a second or third
round of competition. Scores of the first round will be compiled with the scores of the second round to determine
a regional site winner in each music category. Some regional sites have three rounds of singing, with the third
round scores compiled with the first two rounds to determine a regional site male and female winner in each
music category. In case of a tie, a sing-off for the first place only will occur between the contestants tied for first
place, and will be scored on the 50 point system. If the sing-off does not determine a winner, the judges will
collaborate between each other and determine the winner. A contestant performing due to a tie may not use a
song previously used during the final competition.

11.        Song time limits: For regional sites electing to do the 2 round system song time limits are: 1st song
limited to 4 minutes and 2nd song time limit will be 4 minutes and 30 seconds. For regional sites electing to do
the 3 round system song time limits are: 1st and 2nd song time is 4 minutes and 3rd song 4 minutes and 30
seconds. Songs going over the time limit will be cut off. Judges will be instructed to not deduct points because of
a song being cut off. Contestants continuing to sing after the time limit and music stoppage will have points
deducted from their scores. Deducted points not to exceed 3 points per judge.

12.        Upon completion of performance the contestant is given a brief moment to bow and take audience
applause, then must immediately exit the stage and take along any props used by the contestant. A delay by
the contestant to leave the stage area will result in points being deducted from the contestant’s score. Deducted
points not to exceed 3 points per judge.

13.        Regional contests may be held from July 1, 2017 through July 30, 2017. All regional winners’
information advancing to the National Finals, along with all monies, must be in to TALENT QUEST office within 7
Days of the Final contest.

14.        Winners of the regional contest advancing to the National Contest must be able to travel between
Saturday, September 09, 2017 to Monday, September 18, 2017.



THESE RULES MAY BE CHANGED OR MODIFIED AT ANY TIME BY TALENT QUEST
OWNERS ONLY.