Dixie’s Got Talent FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions about Auditions

Both auditions are held in the Gardner Center at Dixie State University. You should arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled audition group start time. Walk-ins will only be accepted at registration from 8:00 AM until 9:30 AM and will be given a group time as available.

Open auditions: Saturday, November 9, 2019

Callback auditions: Saturday, November 23, 2019

Dixie’s Got Talent Finale: Thursday, January 16, 2020

What is provided onstage for my audition?

There will be a piano, a stool and three mics onstage for your use.


Your audition should be no longer than 90 seconds. The judges reserve the right to stop an audition before the full 120 seconds.

Set up time should take no longer than 45 seconds.

Charges to Audition:

$15 Individual or Pair ($10 for Current DSU Student's)

$30 Group (3+)

For backtracks/audio it needs to be on a phone/ipod/tablet/laptop. Bring an adapter if your device is not compatible with a 3mm headphone jack.

What selection should I pick for my audition?

Pick something that shows the best of your talents within the time frame. If you have a fabulous number that is your go-to performance, but three minutes long, rework it to show the best 60-90 seconds of the entire number for the judges.

Do I need to introduce myself onstage?

When you are told to walk onstage, be aware of keeping your body in a forward positive movement, with your eyes on the judges. Do not shuffle, swagger, slouch or mumble as you introduce yourself. Clearly announce your name, the number you are performing, and begin.

My talent is a little unusual. Is there a place for me?

The show producers are putting together a variety show, looking for a diverse combination of talent. Many varied art forms make an exciting show. So, if you have an unusual talent like exceptional juggling, violin, parkour, piano, interpretive dance, classical opera, yodeling, or a family brass trio, all are welcome.

Can I audition a capella?

Yes, however a backtrack is preferred.

How will I know where to go when I arrive?

Follow the signs around the Gardner building. There are maps on campus that can help you to find the Gardner building. It will be clear where to go once inside.

Will there be someone who will help move my instrument?

Simple stage assistance is provided. They will help you move the piano and instruments on stage.

When will I know the result of my first audition?

The judges meet and make their decision right after auditions. You will be notified by Monday November 19th by 2:00 pm.

If I proceed to the next audition, can I perform the same number?

You cannot perform the same number for callback audition that you selected for open round audition. The judges must see two numbers. For the finale, you may choose a new number or one of your previous two audition numbers. Remember, the demonstration of your talent was great the first time you auditioned, so don’t try to come up with something totally outside of your winning formula.

What do I have to do to assist in the fundraising of DGT?

Invite everyone you have ever known to come and watch you perform! Build a huge fan base that will come and support you. Each ticket bought from your friend or supporter will benefit you! The judges AND the voting audience determine the winners of Dixie’s Got Talent.

Can my family/friend watch my audition?

Yes, they are welcome, however be mindful of the fact that it is an audition, not a performance. Doors will only be opened periodically to allow access in or out of the audition room.

Will I have to wait a long time during my audition?

You will be notified and assigned an audition  group. Each audition group will be an hour so you could end up toward beginning or end of the hour depending on lineup. Please arrive 30 minutes before your audition group start time.

What if a conflict arrives and I am late to my audition?

If you arrive after your scheduled time, and the judges have moved beyond, you will have to wait until a spot becomes available.

What should I wear to my audition?

Dress the part – even for your audition. Select clothing that contributes to the total impression you are trying to achieve which should enhance and contribute to your talent.

How can I impress the judges?

From the moment you walk onstage, you are being judged. The first impression you convey through your smile, your confidence, and your body language is very important! All of it matters. Your performing talent is vital but the whole package is necessary.

I am auditioning with a large group of dancers. Do we each have to sign up individually?

We will need the names of all of the members of your group and have an image release and a waiver for each member, but one registration form should be completed and one contact person should be designated for the group for information and correspondence from DGT.

My band takes forever to set up. Who can help?

All bands will be required to submit a 2-3 minute URL of a YouTube video of their band audition to dixiesgottalent@gmail.com

What is the difference between a band and my accompaniment?

A band is anything that takes longer than 45 seconds to set up on stage. The audition slots are three minutes apart with 90-120 seconds to perform. So, your setup and takedown can take no longer than 45 seconds each. If your band is set up on a rolling platform and you can get it on stage in 45 seconds, you are good. If not, submit your YouTube video.

May I bring props and other devices onstage for my audition?

You may bring anything onstage you need. The only restriction is no open flames and again, the 45-second setup restriction.

I’ve tried out for DGT before. Can I again?

Yes, you are welcome to audition multiple times! Your previous audition will not affect your current audition in any way. If, however, you have been the first place winner of DGT, you may not try out again unless you will participate in a new age group. You are forever a winner of DGT! All finalists may audition again. Runners up must sit out a year, and then are eligible to audition again.