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CT ICON 2014

Who We Are

CT ICON is an ICON SeriesĀ® competition and is one of Connecticut's opportunities for you to be discovered. CT ICON was first introduced as Southington Icon and first held in 2009 at the Southington Apple Harvest Festival. It was the brain child of Melissa Salmon.

Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Melissa's dream was to help local talent that may not have the opportunity to reach the "big city". She has brought the talent opportunity to the small town venue, allowing local hopefuls to showcase their talents and reach for their dreams.

This years finalist competition will be held in the Starlight Theater at Lake Compounce Theme and Amusement Park, located at 186 Enterprise Drive, Bristol, CT. 06010. Auditions are now being held at the Comfort Suites, 64 Knotter Drive, Southington CT between the hours of 11:00am and 3:00pm on Sunday, August 3, 2014 and Saturday, August 23, 2014. Auditions require a registration fee. Pre-registration on-line is $25.00, or $35.00 at the door on the day of the audition. The 12 finalists will be chosen at the end of the second audition day and the finalist competition will be held during the weekend August 30, 2014 at Lake Compounce in the Starlight Theater. The 2014 CT ICON winner will be announced at the end of the competition.

About the Contest
CT ICON runs much the same way as the American Idol® series of singing competitions. Although, contestants go through only two rounds of elimination. The contestants will appear before a panel of judges and have 15-30 seconds to sing "A Cappella" style a song of their choice. IPod's and other types of musical assistance are not allowed. The first round judging assesses a contestant's vocal ability and stage presence. The contestant will be told immediately after their performance as to whether they will be called back for the second round of elimination. The second round elimination will be held at the end of the second audition day.

Contestants that have been called back for the second round will again will perform a song of their choice, "A Cappella" style, in front of a panel of judges. Second round contestants are scored based on vocal ability, stage presense and song choice. At the end of the second round, the 12 finalists are determined.

The finalists then compete in multiple elimination rounds. Finalists will prepare at least five songs and will be required to provide their music on CD. Judging and scoring is based on vocal ability, stage presense, song choice, audience reaction and voting.