Walworth County Idol Vocal Competition
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Walworth County Idol Vocal Competition

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Sponsored by:

Kunes Country Auto Group


Wednesday, JULY 15: Contestant Submissions: Entry Fee is $20 ($30 after this date).

Thursday, AUGUST 27: FINAL Contestant Submission Deadline ($30 entrance fee, if after July 15)

Please note we’re accepting no more than 60 entries, on a first-come, first-serve basis!

All participants must be registered, their song selection finalized and communicated, and recording backing track (if needed) delivered to the WCF IDOL manager no less than 5 days prior to their performance!

Registration Form drop off locations:

Walworth County Fair Office
411 E. Court St. Elkhorn, WI 53121

Kunes Country Auto Group
1234 E. Geneva Street Delavan, WI 53115

Lake Geneva House of Music
N3241 County Road H Lake Geneva, WI 53147

If you have additional questions, please contact the Walworth County Idol competition manager at: chris@LGHOM.com, or 262-248-0606.

Basic Dates


Outdoor stage, N3241 County Trunk H, Lake Geneva, WI

Preliminary Round 2: Sunday, AUGUST 16, 12:00 - 1:30pm ELKHORN RIBFEST, Walworth County Fairgrounds, Park Stage 411 E. Court St. Elkhorn, WI

Preliminary Round 3: Saturday, AUGUST 29, 10:00am-12:00pm

KUNES WILD CARD ROUND, Kunes Country Auto – Chevrolet Dealership, Delavan, WI

Semi-Final Round: Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 2, 6:30-8:30PM

SEMI-FINALIST ROUND (TOP 20 Contestants from each of the three Preliminary Rounds compete) Walworth County Fairgrounds, Park Stage

FINAL Round: Thursday, SEPTEMBER 3, 6:30-8:00PM

WALWORTH COUNTY IDOL FINAL (TOP 10 Contestants from SEMI-FINALIST Round compete), Walworth County Fairgrounds, Park Stage

1st Place WINNER opens for the headlining act on the Walworth County Fairgrounds’ Infield Stage on Friday, September 4, 2020!!

Contest Rules

1. This contest is open to legal residents in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois only and for ages ten to fifty. Contestants must be this minimum age, and not more than the maximum age, at the time of their Preliminary Round performance. All performers within a duo or trio, must fall under the same criteria.

2. The Judges decisions are final. All Rounds will have a minimum of three, industry professional judges. Contestants will be judged on skill, technical ability, stage presence, audience appeal, originality and overall performance.

3. Acts are required to keep their performance to four minutes or less. An additional minute will be provided for set up time prior to their performance. Acts running longer than four minutes are subject to possible disqualification or point reduction. This will be at the judge’s discretion. Please limit setup time to one minute.

4. No more than three persons are allowed in an act. Live accompanists are considered part of the act, but can be of any age. Drums, amps, etc., are discouraged due to the one-minute setup time. No combos, rock bands or similar musical groups permitted.

5. Acts are asked not to dance onto the stage or off the stage before introductions. After introductions, contestants may take any position they wish to begin their performance.

6. Vocalists are strongly encouraged to practice their performance with the assistance of a vocal coach and/or live accompaniment. Judges preference is a single instrument, played by the vocalist. We do allow recorded accompaniment / backing tracks, however, these recorded tracks must not include any recorded backing vocals. This is not a karaoke contest. Any prerecorded track with audible backing vocals, or lead vocals is not permitted.

7. Contestants may appear only as one act in this contest, including all Preliminary Rounds. This means you cannot perform with any other act, if you’re already performing with/as another for this competition.

8. Professionals are NOT permitted to compete. This includes Union musicians and anyone whose principle source of income is from their live and/or recorded vocal performance. Compensation for performing at weddings and other, occasional special events, etc., does not constitute principle source of income.

9. Acts will need to complete all requested information on the WCF Idol Registration Form, with payment (in the form of cash or check), and have it received at one the registration locations listed below, during their normal business hours, no later than 10 days before your requested Preliminary Round date. Make check payable to “Walworth County Fair”.

10. Please select which Preliminary Round you would like to perform at. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, and limited to 20 performers at each. The Preliminary Round selection you make is not guaranteed. If the Round you choose is filled, then you will be contacted to selected another, based on the same limitations.

11. The manager of this competition, Chris Buttleman from the Lake Geneva House of Music, will be contacting you prior to your performance. If you are using a recorded backing track, you must have it to the manager in advance, no later than 5 days before your scheduled performance. Mr. Buttleman can be reached by email at: chris@LGHOM.com or mobile phone (262) 374-2808 (feel free to text).


1st Place at the Final Round receives $1,000 and one, six-month scholarship for lesson programs of their choice at the Lake Geneva House of Music. This brings the total total value of 1st Place to $2,200.

Plus, the WINNER opens for the headlining act on the Walworth County Fairgrounds’ Infield Stage on Friday, September 4, 2020!!

2nd Place at the Final Round receives $300 and one, three-month scholarship for lessons of their choice at the Lake Geneva House of Music. This brings total value of 2nd Place to $900.

3rd Place at the Final Round receives $200 and one, one-month scholarship for lessons of their choice at the Lake Geneva House of Music. This brings total value of 3rd Place to $400.

There will be an additional People’s Choice Award of $50 cash given at each Preliminary, Semi-Final and Final Round given to audience favorite selected act.

Additional Details

All Preliminary Round, Semi-Final and Final Round performances are limited to 4 minutes each of stage time, plus a one-minute setup time. Performances are to be one song only.

All contestants must perform a different song at each performance as needed. If you are selected for the Semi-Final Round and/or then Final Round, you must perform a different song at each event. This means you would need to be performing a third song selection if you make it to the Final Round.

The Walworth County Idol competition is limited to legal residents of a two-state region, Wisconsin and Illinois, only.

This is an “Idol” competition for vocalists. If you play an instrument as well as sing, extra credit! No dance, instrumental only or variety entertainment.

There is one age division only; ages 10 through 50.

There will be three, industry professional judges at each event.

Five to eight contestants will be selected at each of the Preliminary Rounds to continue to the Semi-Final Round on Wednesday, August 28.

Ten of the Semi-Finalists will be selected to move on to the Final Competition on Thursday, August 29.

Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be awarded at the Final Round.

No more than three participants in an act. Solo, duo, trio vocal performances are accepted.

Live accompaniment is limited to one instrument per performer.

No combos, rock bands or similar ensembles. This is NOT a battle of the bands.

Walworth County Fair admission is provided at no charge to contestants only.

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