Frequently Asked Questions

How am I judged during my performance?

Professionals from the arts community are selected to judge the senior competitors at each phase of the competition. There are three different sets of judges for the five days of preliminary competition, two nights of semi-final competition and the final show. Information and scores are never shared between the phases of the competition.

Each performance is evaluated on: Technical Execution (10 points) Creativity (10 points) Stage Presence (10 points) Overall Impression (20 points)

How do I get through the Stampede gates for my rehearsal, performance or for a Showcase engagement?

Photo accreditation cards will be given out to each performer at the Contestants’ Meeting. This pass will allow you access to Stampede Park on the days you are scheduled to perform – either in the show or for a Showcase performance. Junior performers and senior performer under the age of 16 will also receive a pass for a chaperone.

How long will my rehearsal take?

Your rehearsal will take approximately 20 minutes. This is enough time to run through your number about 3 times. Sometimes, it takes less or more time and so you should be prepared to come early and / or stay later than your scheduled time slot.

How will I find out if I have qualified for the Final Competition?

After the Semi-Finals, our auditors will provide us with a list of 12 Senior Contestants who have achieved the highest scores. If you performed on Thursday evening and are not in the audience we will phone you to arrange your rehearsal time for Saturday.

How will I find out if I have qualified for the Semi-Final Competition?

After the Show on Tuesday, our auditors will provide us with a list of 24 Senior Contestants who have achieved the highest scores. The names will be read out on stage and then we phone contestants. This will happen approximately 8:30-9:00 PM. At that time, we will arrange your rehearsal time for Thursday or Friday. If you are in the audience you can sign up for your rehearsal in person.

What can I do if I have a question?

If you are in this year’s show, your Stampede Talent Search contact person is the first person to contact. He or she will provide you with an email address. You can email them directly.

If you have any general questions, you can post it on our Facebook wall or contact us at

What do I need to know if I am using a Digital Audio file (i.e. mp3) or CD for my performance?

You need to bring two copies of your Digital Audio file or CD to your rehearsal. Only your musical selection should be on your Digital Audio file or CD - no other tracks. Singers are not permitted to have background vocals. Instrumentalists cannot have the track playing the same part they are performing.

What do I wear to my rehearsal?

Wear the same clothes you will be wearing for your performance so that the lights will complement your outfit.

What time do I have to arrive at the Boyce Theatre on the evening of my performance?

Show call is at 5:45 PM SHARP!

What time do I need to arrive for my rehearsal?

You need to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled rehearsal time.

Where are the rehearsals held?

The rehearsals are held in the Boyce Theatre at Stampede Park. This is the same place as the competition and live auditions were held.

Where will I wait before my performance?

All contestants are asked to wait in the dressing room before the competition and while the show is in progress. There is a dressing room chaperone to help you with questions. We suggest you warm up before your performance. There will be a TV for you to watch the show, water to drink, and access to a washroom. Parents, friends and family are not allowed in the dressing room and are asked to wait in the Boyce Theatre until after the show.

Who introduces me to the audience before my performance?

Competition: Our show M.C will introduce you. He or she will talk to you back stage before you perform to find out a little bit about you as well as how to pronounce your name correctly.

Showcase: Depending on the venue, a Stampede Talent Search committee member may be available to introduce you, other times you may be asked to introduce yourself as part of the performance.

Who will help me my microphone/sound during my performance?

Professional sound technicians are used for the show. The sound technicians are present during your rehearsal and will work with you to get the best result. Before your evening performance the sound assistant will help get you set up before you go on stage. You have a choice of a cordless hand-held mic, a headset, or a mic on a stand.

Will there be someone there to help me with my hair and make-up on the night of the competition?

No. Hair and makeup is the performer’s responsibility although the dressing room chaperone can assist you if needed.

Additional questions?

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