DGT 2018 FINALIST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE DATE, TIME AND LOCATION OF THE SHOW?
Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Dixie State University Cox Auditorium
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE SHOW?
Tickets are on sale now, at https://tickets.dsutix.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=39 or call the Cox Box Office at 435-652-7800.
WHEN SHOULD MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARRIVE?
If they have picked up their tickets ahead of time, or printed them at home, then arrive no later than 7:15pm. If they need to pick up tickets before the show, they should arrive at 7:00pm, as the will call line is quite long, and the show will begin promptly at 7:30pm!
WILL THERE BE A TRAINING WORKSHOP PRIOR TO THE SHOW?
Yes. It will be held on January 9, 2018 at 5:30 pm in Gardner Center Conference Room B at Dixie State University, led by the show producer, Del Beatty. It is very important that all acts who’ve made it to the final round be in attendance – or send a representative in your place. The easiest place to park will be on the North side of the Cox Auditorium (corner of 300 South and 700 East). There will be a DGT sign on the room door (main floor) for you to identify.
These subjects will be covered:
Suggestions for costuming & staging
Explanation of Sound Check and Technical rehearsal procedures
Examples of good music editing
Review of final scoring and voting procedures
General judges feedback to this point
Review stage dimensions
Review rules for props or set pieces, mics and sound
WHAT IS MY TIME COMMITMENT ON SHOW DAY?
You will be required to come to the Cox auditorium, on DSU campus, the day of the show, January 18th, at the time you have been scheduled for a stage, sound, technician and lighting rehearsal. Please refer to the attachment in the email we sent you for your individual rehearsal time.
**In addition, all contestants must return at 6:00pm for a quick curtain call and Finale rehearsal.
IS THIS A DRESS REHEARSAL?
No, you may wear whatever you want. This rehearsal will be to check your performance, but you will not complete your entire number. There will also not be time for any repeat practice. This eight minute rehearsal is for the producer and technical stage workers to finalize everything to make you look fantastic; again, with lighting, sound, stage placement, design, etc.
NOW THAT I AM IN THE SHOW, HOW LONG IS MY PERFORMANCE TIME?
Your performance time must be no longer than two minutes. You may cut your music to less than that, but will be disqualified at 2:01. Many of the performances will be timed at the technical rehearsal, and a DGT staff member will also be timing at the show.
HOW IS THE JUDGING DECIDED?
There are two categories; contestants whose ages range up to 17 years old and those 18 years old and above. Odd contestant numbers identify the younger category and even contestant numbers designate the older category. Judges’ combined with audience votes, determine the DGT winners. The voting process will be explained by the MC and posted on screen so the audience understands exactly how to vote on their phones. Obviously, this means that you should try to get as many friends, relatives, colleagues, neighbors, and anyone else you can think of, to buy tickets and come and support you!
The importance of two categories is essential, because the audience will be required to vote from BOTH categories. That way, your friends will be required to vote for the best performer from the other category also, in addition to the one you are in.
DO THE JUDGE’S VOTES CARRY THE SAME WEIGHT AS THE AUDIENCE?
To maintain the integrity of the talent, and in recognition that the judges are highly skilled professionals, they do have a slight percentage edge over audience votes. Judges have 60% and audience 40%.
MAY I CHANGE MY MIND AND PICK A DIFFERENT SONG TO PERFORM AFTER THE TECHNICAL REQUEST AND MUSIC SUBMISSION?
No, January 2nd at 3:00 pm is the deadline. No changes may be made after that date.
WHAT IS THE PROGRAM ORDER? WHEN DO I PERFORM?
The program order is as follows:
1. Kierstyn Meredith
2. Hannah Morby
3. Melanie Grob
4. Zac Greenwell
5. Amelia Woolley
6. Haven Sunderlund
7. Cheznie Hustead
8. Cristina Bossley
9. Crew Turley
11. Tuacahn HS Team
12. Adam Loosle
13. Gracie Nielson
14. Josian Brett
15. Chloe Mead
16. All American Clogging
17. Keila Finau
18. McKenzie Turley
19. Shayli Fuller
20. Sarah Jane
DO I HAVE A NEW CONTESTANT NUMBER NOW?
Yes, your audition contestant number has been replaced with your show contestant number.
DO I HAVE TO PICK A THIRD NUMBER FOR THE SHOW, DIFFERENT FROM MY FIRST AND SECOND AUDITION NUMBER?
No, you don’t. You may, if desired, and remember that two of the seven judges are returning and have seen both of your previous auditions, so you may win points with them if you prepare a third number, but it is not mandatory. You won your spot here in DGT 2018 by your performances in the first two auditions.
MAY I ADD SINGING TO MY DANCING PERFORMANCE?
No, you may not substantially change your performance for the Finale Show. In other words, if your auditions were solo singing, you cannot switch to dancing. You cannot add backup dancers if you auditioned as a solo dancer. You have to have your finale performance be essentially the same as your auditions. You can change your number choice, but not change the talent you were selected for in your previous auditions.
HOW DO I WIN DGT 2018?
You are performing for exactly two minutes! Your talent got you in the show, but now, the judges need to see stage presence, and ease onstage. Be comfortable! If you are singing into the mic don’t be glued to one spot, interact with your audience through your body language. Move; express your feeling for your number through your facial expressions and body. Portray confidence, enthusiasm and positive energy. Of course, apply this advice to your talent. Certainly if you are playing the piano, you cannot do several of those things listed above, but you can walk in with confidence, smile at the audience, and make sure your body is angled towards them, not straight ahead, as you walk on stage. This portrays openness, friendliness, and enthusiasm.
WHAT IS THE PRIZE AWARDED FOR THE WINNERS THIS YEAR?
The first place winners in each age category receive $500 and the runners up in each category win $250.