Famous in the Fort is open to the public and intended solely for non-professional, amateur performers.
Using a “Gong Show” format, contestants will first be pre-screened for appropriate content.
Contestants then perform in front of a live audience and three (3) Judges, who will score their performance.
If two (2) or more Judges “gong” a contestant, their performance ends and they are eliminated from the contest.
After the 30-second initial performances, the top ten (10) contestants will return to perform a longer version of their act for the Judges, who will re-score them.
Cash Prizes for First Place, Second and Third will be awarded.
Contestants must be 16 years old and over, with photo ID.
Contestants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
CONTENT & CONDUCT
Contestants are welcome to offer any type performance that they want.
Performances must be family-friendly, and may not contain any profanity, nudity, sexual innuendo, violence, smoking, drinking, drugs or children under 16.
No live animals.
No fire or open flame.
No karaoke or singing to pre-recorded audio tracks.
Clearly intoxicated contestants will not be allowed to register or perform.
Only contestants will be allowed in the Back Stage area.
Any contestant causing a disruption at any time during the contest will be escorted from the premises.
MUSICIANS AND SINGERS
Singers must sing acapella, unless accompanied by musicians.
There will be no power or amps provided for instruments, or any type of a backline.
All instruments need to be acoustic and capable of being amplified only by a single microphone.
There will be no full drum kits; only hand-played percussion instruments allowed.
Dancers that want to perform to pre-recorded music MUST provide their own music clips and a portable, battery-operated stereo (boombox) that will be amplified thru the event sound system via a microphone.
Dancers must have their 30-second music clip prepared for the performance; if advanced to the final round, a 3-minute clip should be ready.
During the first round, contestants will be limited to a 30-second performance.
A time keeper will signal when time is over.
A contestant’s performance ends immediately if “gonged” by at least two (2) Judges.
The Top Ten scoring contestants will have up to three (3) minutes to perform in the final round.
At the contest, a Screener will ask the contestant to briefly explain their performance.
The Screener will then approve & advance the contestant to registration, or deny their participation.
Contestant is approved or denied solely on the Screener’s judgment, rating quality and content.
Any contestant that disagrees with a denial and is disruptive will be escorted from the event.
Some performances may be denied participation if deemed too complex or time-consuming to accommodate.
After pre-screening, approved contestants must sign legal and talent releases.
Contestants will be given a number that will be used to track their scoring.
Contestants will be given a sticker with their name and number that must be worn at all times.
Contestants name and number will go into a “bucket,” with names randomly drawn to perform.
Contestant registration continues until 8pm. Only the names in the bucket will be available for random drawing
Contestants must be present when name is called to perform.
If contestant does not appear when called, their slot is forfeited, and they are eliminated from the contest.
NUMBER OF CONTESTANTS
The number of contestants will be determined by length of performances and pace of the show.
Names will continue to be randomly drawn until 8:00pm (perhaps longer).
Because it is a random drawing, there is the chance that a contestant’s name will NOT be called, no matter when they were registered.
THE FIRST TWENTY (20)
To encourage early signup and participation, the first 20 contestants that pass the pre-screening process will be guaranteed a performance.
The rest of the contestants will be randomly drawn.
SCORING AND WINNERS
Scoring will be on a 1 (low) to 25 (high) scale in each of these categories:
Skill - how well the performer is prepared
Delivery - how well the contestant performed their act.
Audience – Reaction and applause.
Overall – Judges impression of the performance.
Final scores or a list of contestants will not be made available to the public.
Prizes will be awarded at the end of the contest; winners are responsible for any taxes.
Winners under age 18 must have parent/guardian accept/sign for their prize.
Winners that are a multi-person act must designate one person to be the prize recipient.
OVERALL TIME Schedule (approximate – show may run longer based on number of contestants)
4:00 - Contestant lineup starts at Festival Plaza, and they wait to be prescreened.
5:00 - Screening and registration starts
6:00 - Contest starts
7:15 - Short break - 15:00 minutes
7:30 - Resume contest
8:30 - Last contestant names called
9:00 - First round wraps (break for scoring)
9:15 - Final round starts
9:45 - Final round wraps (break for scoring)
10:00 - Winners Announced – close show