Connecticut now has its own online version of those popular TV talent competition shows.
Launching April 1, 2014, StarOnTheWeb.com offers talented Connecticut residents of all ages an exclusive opportunity to not only “get discovered,” but to also win great prizes, have a chance to perform live, and receive the grand prize of a one-year talent management contract with a value of up to $10,000 or more (provided by promotional sponsor ArMuEnt, a talent management division of Digimed Group in Darien, Conn.), explained a press release from StarOnTheWeb.com.
Connecticut residents only can upload as many 90-second performance videos as they wish in the monthly competition categories of Vocalists, Musicians, and Comedians. A nationwide and worldwide audience will vote for the monthly winners. Video upload credits are just $1 each, with discount packages available, reported the release.
Celebrity talent judges will then choose a quarterly finalist in each category, from the three monthly winners for that quarter. All quarterly finalists will compete in a live performance semifinals and finals show at Comix at Foxwoods Resort Casino in January 2015. The plan is to broadcast the finals show as a live Webcast.
Monthly winner prizes include free tickets to shows and concerts in Connecticut, plus a chance to perform in front of an audience at a Star On The Web monthly LIVE talent show to be held at The Space, in Hamden, Conn. Quarterly winner prizes include free recording sessions and other live performance opportunities, including an appearance for Comedians winners as an opening act at a Comix Show at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
The grand prize, an exclusive one-year talent management contract, provided by ArMuEnt, has a value of up to $10,000 or more. ArMuEnt will provide management services that will include promotional electronic materials for 12 months, a lifestyle photo shoot and portfolio, a personalized Website with hosting and registration, social media promotions, plus an original video recording session with editing, and a five-minute documentary-style episode of Actual Magazine. ArMuEnt will also actively seek to book the winning performer for paid performances.
There will also be extra quarterly competitions, starting with Dance Studios for the first quarter – April, May and June. Additional extra quarterly competitions will include Bands and Individual Dance. Comedian Kevin Fitzgerald is the site host. Each week, he will choose a random video to comment on. Kevin will also host the live monthly shows at The Space. The site also includes a moderated forum, with audition notices and the chance to share advice and experiences with other performers.
In praising their efforts, Governor Dannel P. Malloy released the following statement about Star On The Web, according to Stars On The Web’s press release: “We recognize the importance of the startup community in Connecticut, both in terms of their impact on the economy and job creation, and their ability to develop new products and ideas, make new capital investments in the state, compete in new markets and push the dial on innovation,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “As a Connecticut small business poised for growth, I look forward to watching ‘Star On The Web’ become a household name and expand its reach across the country.”
The professional talent judges include AJ of the WPLR Chaz & AJ morning show, opera singer and Broadway musical performer Terry Eldh, dancer/singer and Broadway performer Dodie Pettit, Aztec Two-Step recording artist Rex Fowler, and record producer Vic Steffens. The professional talent coach, who will advise the quarterly winners, is Charles Rosenay, veteran music and special events producer (Liverpool Productions LLC.).
ArMuEnt in Darien is the promotional sponsor; promotional partners include Comix at Foxwoods, The Space in Hamden, the Palace Theater in Waterbury, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in New Haven, Silk City Music Factory in Manchester, Barker Specialty Company and TermSafe in Cheshire, Mr. Trophy in Hartford, Goldie & Libro Music Center in North Haven, and others. All of the promotional sponsors are excited to be part of what they feel will become a very popular, online mainstay in Connecticut.
“We’re thrilled to be giving talented performers in Connecticut a place to get discovered, showcase their performance ability in front of family and friends, possibly get to perform live at ticketed events and even win a valuable talent management contract,” said founder and CEO Stephen Nevard in the press release. “We appreciate and support the performing arts. This is an exciting opportunity for any Connecticut performer to stand out as a ‘big fish in a small pond,’ where their performance video will be seen and voted on by a nationwide and worldwide audience.