Still time to set up audition for Geneva’s Got Talent

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – If you’ve got talent, the Geneva’s Got Talent competition still has audition openings for its Swedish Days performances.

The Geneva Chamber of Commerce, which hosts Geneva’s Got Talent during the six-day festival, which runs from June 18 to 23, is going for a second year of its version of the popular TV show “America’s Got Talent.” 

The winning finalist will get a $1,000 cash prize and the opportunity to ride in the Swedish Days Grand Parade on June 23. Participants do not have to be from Geneva.

“It was a rousing success,” chamber volunteer coordinator Ellen Townsley said. “We’ve got some bands applying, such as the Geneva HIgh School Brass/Woods Percussion group. We have a couple a cappella contestants and a girl is going to play the ukulele.”

The chamber will accept the first 75 applicants to audition Saturday. The cost to enter is $25 per act. 

Each audition is limited to two minutes for solo and group acts, according to the rules. Judges will choose 20 to be semifinalists to perform starting at 6:30 p.m. June 19 on the main stage. 

Ten finalists will be chosen for a performance and final judging at 6:30 p.m. June 22, Townsley said. Four qualified judges will review the contestants each step of the way, but the public can vote on Facebook from 10 a.m.June 18  to 10 a.m. June 21 for semifinalist judging. 

“Our winner last year was Grace Dwyer, a sixth-grade girl who sang, won a trophy and got to ride in the Swedish Days parade,” Townsley said. “We are looking forward to the competition this year. Well have some real nice variety.”

Information and applications are available on the chamber website, www.genevachamber.com.