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Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:00 a.m. at
The Audition Round and Final Round will take place
Stop by the following locations to pick up registration forms and rules prior to the audition day.
|Complete the Online Registration Option (click here). This form will assist our station staff to expedite your paperwork quickly on the day of the audition. Please make sure to bring identification with you on the audition day to complete the form.|
|Click the PDF file in the link posted at the end of this page (see Downloads). Print the form in the options inside your brower window. Fill out the form at your convenience, and bring the form along with proper identification on the audition day.|
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Register online by using the form below. Follow all instructions explicitly. Please use proper capitalization and grammatical marks when necessary.
Once you click Submit, the form will be delivered to us. The form will be available and ready for you to finalize at the audition location on the audition day. The form will assist station staff to complete your registration more quickly on the audition day. You must still bring proof of identification (age and local residency) and sign the completed online form on the audition day to be officially registered for the contest.
(Note: If you are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must be with you at the audition in order to compete. On the audition day, you along with your parent/legal guardian will complete your online registration and provide proof of age and local residency.)
Red asterisk (*) denotes a required field to fill out.
FOX 48's Cenla Idol
2014 Contest Rules and Regulations
BASIC RULES & ELIGIBILITY:
► FOX 48’s Cenla Idol is open to individuals who meet the criteria as determined by WNTZ-TV and
as determined by American Idol audition guidelines found at www.americanidol.com.
► You must be able to prove through government-issued photo ID, passport, or birth certificate at
the time of your registration and audition that:
• You are a legal U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident who is eligible to work full-time in the
United States; and
• You maintain legal residence in the WNTZ-TV FOX 48 viewing area. This area includes
° Parishes in Louisiana: Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Sabine, Rapides,
° Counties in Mississippi: Adams.
• You are 15-28 years old as of June 1, 2014. If you don’t meet this age criteria, you are
not eligible to participate.
° Contestants Under 18 Years of Age: If you will be under 18 years of age on the day you
register and/or audition, your parent and/or legal guardian must accompany you to the
registration and audition. In addition, your parent or legal guardian must also bring
government-issued photo ID. If you are accompanied by a legal guardian, as opposed
to a parent, your legal guardian must bring proof of guardianship (e.g., a court order).
► A written acknowledgement and release of your being recorded by WNTZ-TV FOX 48 or
agencies/persons in association with WNTZ-TV FOX 48 using your name and/or likeness
before, during and after the contest must be signed in order to compete. A parental
consent must also be signed in the case the contestant is under the age of eighteen (18)
► Neither you nor any of your immediate family members (spouse, ex-spouse, parents,
siblings, children, step-children) or members of your household (whether or not related
to you) are current employees, directors, officers, independent contractors, agents, or
representatives of ComCorp of Alexandria, Inc. (WNTZ-TV FOX 48); Communications
Corporation of America, Inc. and affiliated stations, sponsors and partners for this
contest; Hixson Autoplex dealerships in Alexandria, Leesville, or Monroe, Louisiana;
Alexandria Mall; FOX Broadcasting Company; 21st Century Fox, Inc.; FOX Digital Media;
FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; American Idol Productions, Inc.; 19 TV Ltd.; 19
Merchandising Ltd.; CKX, Inc.; their parent, subsidiary, affiliated and related entities;
and their officers, directors, employees, licensees and assignees of each; successors or
assigns; or any other person or entity connected with the production, administration or
judging of the local auditions, Program auditions, or the Program itself; any television
station or channel, cable network, or satellite network that may air or otherwise exhibit
the Program or any variation thereof; any person or entity involved in the development,
production, distribution, or other exploitation of the Program or any variation thereof;
any sponsor of the Program or its or their advertising agency; or any person or entity
supplying services or prizes to the Program. In addition, to the best of your knowledge,
you do not know anyone who is now, or has been in the past two (2) years an employee or
independent contractor of any of the entities described in this paragraph. Program
Producer reserves the right to remove from the Program any person (including you) it
determines, in its sole discretion, is sufficiently connected with the Program or any of
the entities described in this paragraph such that such person’s participation in the
Program could create the appearance of impropriety.
► If a person is a member of a professional art union and/or is being represented by a talent agent,
talent agency, an attorney, or a law firm as a professional or amateur talent, that person
is deemed ineligible to compete.
► If a person has been convicted of or standing trial for a felony offense according to federal or state
law, that person is deemed ineligible to compete.
► Subject to Approval of FremantleMedia North America Inc., you will only be guaranteed one (1)
audition in front of American Idol producer(s) at the Second Round Auditions
(a.k.a. the “Silver Ticket” Round) to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 27,
2014. If a guaranteed audition is granted upon your win of Cenla Idol and the Program’s
approval, you will be judged under the criteria listed in the official American Idol rules
and will not receive preferential treatment for callbacks. Decisions for callbacks are made
solely by the Program producer(s). You will not be judged by American Idol Program
judges during your audition.
AUDITIONS PROCESS (Local Contest):
► In order to register for FOX 48’s Cenla Idol, retrieve these Official Contest Rules along with the
Official Registration Form through the following methods:
• Pick up the forms at the following locations, and bring the completed form on the day of the
° In Alexandria, at FOX 48’s Alexandria Office, 4615 Parliament Drive, Ste. 201, Alexandria, LA
° In Natchez, at FOX 48’s Natchez office, 26 Colonel John Pitchford Parkway, Natchez, MS 39120
• Go to FOX 48’s Website, www.fox48tv.com. Complete one of the two options:
° Fill out the online egistration form. Once submitted online, a paper copy of the Electronic
Registration Form will be available for contestant to complete their registration
(signature verification) at the audition location on the audition day.
° Print the attached PDF document, fill out the form, and bring the completed form to the
audition location on the audition day.
► Bring your picture identification and registration form with you to the Audition at Alexandria Mall
on Saturday, August 23, 2014.
► The registration period begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 10:00 a.m.
► Auditions will officially begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. There is no maximum number of starting
participants for the audition, but only those who register between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
on the audition day or those who preregister online and arrive for the audition prior to
10:00 a.m. will be allowed to participate. Participants are allowed to audition only once.
► Be prepared to sing a song of your choice a cappella. Musical instruments will not be allowed
during this portion of the contest. Song choices composed originally are allowed to be sung.
You have up to 90 seconds to sing a song of your choice a cappella for the panel of judges.
At the end of 90 seconds, your performance will be stopped, and the judges will rate their
opinion of your performance up to that point.
► A panel of judges will score contestants based on various aspects of the audition including
performing impression, vocals, stage performance, and song selection. Contestants will be
scored by each judge up to 25 points in each category, for a total per judge of 100 points.
► The judges’ scores will be tallied by a staff member of WNTZ-TV FOX 48, serving as contest
accountant, and will serve as final determination for the selection of the final group of
contestants to perform in the Finals Round, up to the top 10 contestants.
► If a tie occurs at the cutoff number for contestants selected for the Finals Round [e.g., more
than one (1) person tied for 10th place], all contestants who successfully score high enough
for the cutoff number will compete in the Finals Round.
► The top scoring performers will move on to the Finals Round to be held later that afternoon at
the Alexandria Mall. The official start time of the Final Round will be determined after
completion of the Auditions Round. Finalists must be present at the location and
appointed time given after the announcement of the Finalists. An adequate amount of break
time will be given between the Auditions Round and the Final Round in order for contestants,
judges, and competition staff to prepare (eat, vocal warm-ups, etc.) before the Final Round.
FINAL ROUND (Local Contest):
► The Finalists will sing in front of judges and audience one full song no longer than six (6)
minutes in length, to either prerecorded music, accompanied by a musical instrument played
by the Finalist, or a cappella at the Alexandria Mall during the afternoon of August 23, 2014
(after Audition Round and break are complete).
► Finalists who are singing to prerecorded music must provide two (2) copies of their
instrumental version of song on CD, CD-R, or Media Flash Drive (as a WMA, WAV, or MP3 file)
to WNTZ-TV staff immediately after announced as a Finalist, labeled with your name and the
song title. No other songs, material, or data should be placed on your CD, CD-R, or Media
Flash Drive. Do not use CD-RW discs, as those are prone to unforeseen technical problems on
audio production equipment during playback. No matter the media format provided, it is
strongly suggested that the CDs, CD-Rs, or Media Flash Drive should contain only one track, the
track you will sing, and that playback is working properly prior to submitting to WNTZ-TV staff.
WNTZ-TV does it's best to ensure equipment operates properly, but we rely on third party audio
equipment and will not be responsible if the audio equipment or your CD, CD-R or Media Flash
Drive does not work. Please be prepared to sing a cappella should the need arise.
► Use of musical instrument(s) (e.g., guitar, keyboard, drum set, etc.) during Finals
Round is allowed. However, WNTZ-TV and event sponsors, partners, and venue are not
responsible for providing musical instrument(s) and/or additional equipment (e.g. for
amplification of the musical instrument). WNTZ-TV will arrange for only a maximum of two (2)
microphones along with sound system to amplify a person’s voice and to play prerecorded music
tracks on CD, CD-R, or Media Flash Drive to accompany any contestant. You must have prior
approval from WNTZ-TV technical staff in order to use your musical instrument(s). The decision
will be based upon feasibility of the request and time necessary for contestant to set up for
performance. Set up must be able to be completed prior to the start of the Final Round (during
the break time) to the point that there is minimum disruption to the time and flow of the
competition once it is underway. Also, any instruments or equipment must not interfere with the
in-house sound system (e.g. causing audio reverberation or feedback) when used in conjunction
► Finalists will compete in random order as determined by random selection by WNTZ-TV
► The judges’ panel will score each act and will be tallied in the same manner as the
► The top scoring act will be the Grand Prize Winner.
► Previous scores from the Audition Round will not be used in the Final Round, unless it
is to be used to break a tie for the Grand Prize Winner.
► In the case of a tie, the judges will make a final consensus vote for who will be the
Grand Prize Winner. It will be determined by simple majority. In the case when simple
majority is not reached (a.k.a. “Deadlock”), the combined score of the Auditions Round and
Final Round will determine the Grand Prize Winner.
GRAND PRIZE (First Place):
► For the Grand Prize Winner (and one parent/guardian, if winner is under the age of 18):
• Transportation expense (via a $500.00 gasoline card) in order for the Grand Prize Winner to
travel via their own transportation to and from the Second Round Audition (a.k.a. the
“Silver Ticket” Round) for American Idol XIV in New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 27, 2014.
Exact location of Audition TBD by American Idol XIV staff.
• A hotel room for two (2) nights in New Orleans, Louisiana, for the night prior to (August 26, 2014)
and the night of the audition day (August 27, 2014). Location of hotel will be determined by
° Meals and incidentals (e.g., cab/shuttle fare, telephone charges, room service,
parking, etc.) are the responsibility of the winner and his/her guest.
• A guaranteed Second Round Audition (a.k.a. the “Silver Ticket” Round) in front of producers of
American Idol XIV. The guarantee is subject to approval of FremantleMedia
North America, Inc. and 19 TV Ltd.
° You are only guaranteed one audition in front of producers.
° You will be judged under the criteria listed in the official American Idol rules and will not
receive preferential treatment for callbacks. Decisions for callbacks are made solely
by the audition judges and/or Program producers.
° You will not audition in front of the on-air judges for American Idol XIV, or any potential
on-air guest judge during this guaranteed audition.
° Should you receive a callback, you and your guest are solely responsible for your travel
and hotel arrangements.
• Grand Prize Winner will also receive a meet-and-greet with one, two, or possibly all three on-air
judges for American Idol XIV during the “Silver Ticket” Audition Round on August 27, 2014.
Location of the meet-and-greet TBD by American Idol XIV staff.
► If the total value of the prize package (transportation/hotel), when provided by WNTZ-TV,
is valued greater than $600.00, Grand Prize Winner (or legal guardian of the Grand Prize
Winner) will receive an IRS 1099 Form for tax purposes for the prize value.
► No substitution of prize or transfer of prize for any reason will be permitted. Transfer of prize
is only legally allowable when the Grand Prize Winner is under the age of 18 (the parent
or legal guardian will act as “official” contest winner and will assume all responsibilites
for the prize package, with the exception of the guaranteed audition, including taxes).
► In the event FremantleMedia North America, Inc. and 19 TV Ltd. does not provide a
guaranteed audition at the predetermined time of the Program’s audition, winner may still be
awarded the remainder of the prize package indicated within this section, conditioned and
subject to decision by WNTZ-TV management (last rule of this form). No substitution for
withdrawal of the guaranteed audition by FremantleMedia and 19 TV Ltd. can be made by
WNTZ-TV management, since this portion of prize package is provided to the station as an
incentive prize for the winner.
► ComCorp of Alexandria, Inc. (WNTZ-TV FOX 48); Communications Corporation of America and
affiliated stations, sponsors and partners for this contest; FOX Broadcasting Company; 21st
Century Fox, Inc.; FOX Digital Media; FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; American Idol
Productions, Inc.; 19 TV Ltd.; 19 Merchandising Ltd.; CKX, Inc.; their parent, subsidiary,
affiliated and related entities; and the officers directors, employees, licensees and assignees
of each are not responsible for and will be held harmless for injuries resulting from executing
the prize package.
► You agree (and parent/guardian agrees if participant is under age 18) to WNTZ-TV and/or parent
company and affiliated stations using your picture, video, voice, and/or likeness in publicity
related to this contest or contesting publicity without expectation of recompense or payment
of any kind.
► If the winner of FOX 48’s Cenla Idol is under the age of eighteen (18), a parent or legal guardian
must accompany the winner to the American Idol auditions. That person will automatically
be the winner’s guest as part of the prize package.
► ComCorp of Alexandria, Inc. (WNTZ-TV FOX 48); our parent company and affiliated stations,
sponsors and partners for this contest; FOX Broadcasting Company; 21st Century Fox, Inc.;
FOX Digital Media; FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; American Idol Productions, Inc.;
19 TV Ltd.; 19 Merchandising Ltd.; CKX, Inc.; their parent, subsidiary, affiliated and related
entities; and the officers directors, employees, licensees and assignees of each are not
responsible for and will be held harmless for cancellations or changes to the audition process
or program schedule for American Idol. Furthermore, in the event production for American Idol
is postponed or canceled completely, the audition portion and/or the additional prizing may
also be canceled in part or in whole without any substitution or compensation thereof.
► Contests will be immediately disqualified for singing songs that are not deemed appropriate or
family-friendly (e.g., offensive language, gratuitous sexual overtures, etc.).
► WNTZ-TV FOX 48 reserves the right to disqualify any person at any time before, during, or
after the contest has been executed, who does not comply with any of the Rules and
Regulations stated herein for any reason, or for no reason at all.
► Provided, if WNTZ-TV FOX 48 learns of a contestant’s misrepresentation after the prize has been
awarded and/or utilized, the prize package will be officially forfeited. The winner must return
the prize package, or the monetary value of the prize, within ten (10) days of the notification,
and/or be subject to legal action.
► The management of WNTZ-TV FOX 48 and the laws of the states of Louisiana and Mississippi
(in proper jurisdiction) shall determine any and all rule disputes.
► These Contest Rules and Regulations are subject to be changed at any time, without prior
notification, by management of WNTZ-TV FOX 48, for any reason, or no reason at all.