"We are very excited," said Josiah Viland, a Batavia resident and the lead singer of Spectators. "There will be a live audience."
The 24-hour event will stream live starting at 7 p.m. today. As part of the event, the band will have to go through different challenges.
"In the first challenge, we will have to play a song in exactly 60 seconds," said Walter Halliwell, who plays guitar and synthesizer in the band. "They wanted to see how good we are by being flexible and on our toes."
"Voting is something that the judges [will] take in consideration," Viland said.
The winner of the competition will receive a grand prize that includes a record contract with Republic Records and exposure on VH1’s show “You Oughta Know.”
Spectators, which describes its sound as indie-space-dance-punk/rejuvenation, formed three years ago. The band's members are from Batavia, Aurora and South Elgin.
The band members drove all night starting Monday in order to make it to New York City in time for the contest.
"We haven't slept in 32 hours, but that's rock 'n' roll," Halliwell said.
More information about VH1's "Make a Band Famous" competition is at www.makeabandfamous.vh1.com.