JUL 22 2011
Kids 15 & Under Can Enter KIDZ STAR USA Now Through August 15 by Uploading a Performance Video to KIDZBOP.COM for a Chance to Win a Recording Contract from the RCA/JIVE Label Group;
To Date More than 20,000 Kids Have Entered
NEW YORK, NY (July 22, 2011) — KIDZ BOP, the #1 kids’ music brand in the U.S., today announces that American Idol 2009 winner Kris Allen has been named an official celebrity judge and mentor for the second annual KIDZ Star USA Talent Search, the premier national talent competition for kids and teens ages 15 and under. In this role, Kris will offer expert advice and tips to contestants and help select the contest's four semi finalists. Comments Kris Allen: "I'll be looking for obviously a great voice but also someone original and unique — someone who stands out among the other contestants and grabs my attention."
Also joining Kris on the celebrity mentor and judge panel is Candece Campbell, Jive Records' Vice President of A&R who will help guide contestants. Candece has worked on hit projects for Jordin Sparks, Hot Chelle Ray and has managed and worked with some of the top producers and songwriters in pop music. Fans can log on and vote online for their favorites to help determine the semi-finalists and Grand Prize Winner. Check out current contestant highlight videos here: http://www.kidzbop.com/kidzstarusa/2011/video/1150819/Picks-of-the-week-2
With the contest launching only 3 weeks ago, already over 20,0000 entries have been received, far surpassing last year’s number of entries at this point in the process. The online talent search is hosted on KIDZ BOP’s leading safe social networking and video sharing website, KIDZBOP.com, and gives aspiring young singers a shot at fame, right from home. Now until August 15th, kids can upload a :90 second performance video to KIDZBOP.com to compete for a chance to win a recording contract with the RCA/JIVE Label Group, a starring role in the next KIDZ BOP TV commercial and music video, and much more. Endemol, the largest independent television and digital production company in the world, is producing a series of webisodes following the musical journey of the top KIDZ Star USA contestants.
Fans can follow the contestants’ audition videos and progress online at KIDZBOP.com and watch weekly KIDZ Star USA clips and webisodes, including contestant highlights, audition tips and celebrity judge comments. The top four KIDZ Star USA finalists will be announced in September and will then be flown to New York City where they’ll receive the red carpet treatment, including a superstar makeover and mentoring from the celebrity judges. The final fan voting period runs this September and helps determine the winner of the recording contract. A special finale web event featuring the four finalists and celebrity judges will be broadcast online this October. In 2010, more than 35,000 kids entered and over a half a million people voted in the inaugural KIDZ Star USA Talent Search competition.