Talent Quest

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Talent Quest is an organization which organizes a singing contest which is conducted in the United States. Singers perform songs with karaoke background music tracks, and are judged by vocal ability, performance, and presentation/appearance. Talent Quest as an organization provides criteria, governance, and sponsors the National Finals which are held each year in Laughlin, Nevada.

Contest Format

Talent Quest as an organization provides both framework and governance for a series of singing competitions which ultimately culminate in an annual event, known as the Talent Quest National Finals, which is held annually in the United States.

The progression of the competition begins at the Local Level, continuing to the Regional Level, and ending at the National Level.

Although the terms "National Level" and "National Finals" are commonly used, in recent years the competition has attracted contestants from other countries around the world.

The current categories for competition are: Male Pop/Rock/R&B, Female Pop/Rock/R&B, Male Country/Western, and Female Country/Western. Male Masters and Female Masters. Master's division is contingent on participants being 50 years of age and over.

Local Level

The competition begins at the Local Level, where small venues host the contest over a series of weeks. Although Talent Quest provides the framework and requirements for the Local Level, individual operators have some leeway in the format of the competition with regard to scheduling and rules/limitations specific to their venue. The scoring format remains the same, however.

Local Level competition usually begins in January.

Local Level competition culminates in the Club Final. Qualifying contestants then advance to the Regional Level.

Oversight and Arbitration of Local Level competition is performed by the Operator or Host of the venue who is managing the Talent Quest package. Escalations are raised to the Regional contract person for that area.

Regional Level

The function of the Regional Level is twofold. In terms of competition, the Regional Level receives the winning contestants of its member Local Level clubs and venues, in addition to self-sponsored entries, and holds the Regional Final competition. The Regional Finals use the Talent Quest approved scoring format, and often include a larger judging panel than the Local Level. At the discretion of the Regional contact person, additional prizes may be awarded at the Regional Final.

Regional Finals are generally held in the July.

In terms of management and oversight, the Regional contact person of the competition manages the Local Level and arbitrates escalations from the Local Level operators. The Regional contact person is responsible for communication with the Talent Quest Producer to make arrangements for contestants advancing from the region to compete in the National Finals. Escalations at this level are raised to the Talent Quest Producer.

National Level

The National Finals, as the name implies, is the last series of competitions at which time the winners and finalists are determined.

The National Finals is a week-long event. Contestants who qualified through the competition process receive free rooms at the event for the duration of the week. All National Contestants are issued contestant packets and free gifts on registration day of the competition (t-shirts and other paraphernalia). Registration day is the Sunday which begins the week.

The first two days comprise the first round of competition. All 3 genre categories compete in the first two days. Contestants report to the auditorium to receive their timeslot assignments at 8:00am when times are posted. Competition begins at 10:00am and generally ends by 10:00pm, running in 4-hour blocks with short breaks in between. The judging panel for round one comprises no fewer than three judges.

The next two days comprise the second round of competition. Depending upon number of contestants, and elimination from round one may take place before round two begins. Once again, all 3 genre categories compete in this time frame. Contestants report to the auditorium to receive their timeslot assignments at 8:00am when times are posted. Once again, competition begins at 10:00am and generally ends by 10:00pm, running in 4-hour blocks with short breaks in between. The judging panel for round two comprises no fewer than three judges.

The Friday of the week is the Semi-Final Round. Based upon prior scores that are accumulated, an elimination is performed resulting in the top 20 of each category, yielding 120 contestants who compete on this day. Semi-Final qualifying contestants receive their timeslot assignments at 8:00am when results are posted. Competition begins at 10:00am with an allotted 2 hours per category with breaks in between. It is important to note that instead of the random assignments of the prior rounds, the Semi-Final round is broken down by category. The judging panel for the Semi-Final round comprises five judges.

Saturday Night is the National Championship Round. Based upon prior scores that are accumulated, and elimination is performed resulting in the top 5 of each category. Contestants are notified by time and score postings by 8:00am. The theatre undergoes preparation for show-quality production values during the day. The final round is conducted in a show format, hosted by an MC. The show begins at 5:00pm, and admission is charged for viewers of the competition.

Each category competes in a block of the five contestants, ordered at random. Between each category, 1st and 2nd place duets give performances.

The judging panel for the National Finals may include invited celebrity judges, in a panel of no less than five judges. Scores are tabulated real-time.

Following the rounds of competition, contestants are called back to the stage for standings to be announced and prizes to be awarded. First, second, and third place of each category receive cash prizes. First places receives the largest cash prize and the championship trophy.

Saturday Night and the ensuing post-competition festivities conclude the event for the year.

History

2001

Marko Milbourne Male R and B winner


The first Talent Quest National Finals was held at the Ramada Express Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada.

2002

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The Talent Quest 2002 competition used a category format which was different from today's classifications. The categories were: Male Vocal, Female Vocal, Duet Vocal.[1]

Standing Male Vocal Female Vocal Duet Vocal
1 D.J. Hale, Alamogordo, New Mexico Heather Leslie, Las Vegas, Nevada Tim Parker and Mario Espitia, Prescott, Arizona
2 Tony Johnson, Lompoc, California Nikki Feroni, Syracuse, New York Shaumarie Lewis and David Hayes, Tacoma, Washington
3 Algia Motley, Tinton Falls, New Jersey Jenn Lynne Stottrup, San Jose, California Danielle Dedonno and Algia Motley, Red Bank, New Jersey
4 Satin, San Diego, California June Baxendale, Port Charlotte, Florida Jessica Kenny And Kristy Stiles, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
5 [1] Chris Taylor, Syracuse, New York Sarah Priedo, San Francisco, California Joe George and Jason Kirkman, Martinez, Georgia
Notes:
  1. ^ Due to a tie in the semi-final round, Charma Tesh and Burneal Fick of Chicago, Illinois also competed in the Final Round, however were not awarded prizes as they placed 6th Place during the round.


2003

The Talent Quest 2003 competition was the first to adopt the two-genre, four-category system: Male Pop/Rock/R&B, Female Pop/Rock/R&B, Male Country/Western, Female Country/Western.[2]

Standing Male Pop/Rock/R&B Female Pop/Rock/R&B Male Country/Western Female Country/Western
1 Tim Marchetto, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Paula Harris, Foster City, California Michael Kelly, Salem, Oregon Lauren Dutterer, Salt Lake City, Utah
2 Tony Johnson, Lompoc, California Mary Elizabeth Johnson, Salt Lake City, Utah Todd Killingsworth, Norman, Oklahoma Tianna, Sherwood, Oregon
3 Roy Hollis, Jr., Erie, Pennsylvania Kitei Douglas, Orlando, Florida Cholla Robinson, Gloucester City, New Jersey Annie Rhee, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
4 Satin, San Diego, California Kim Daniels, Atlanta, Georgia James Tharp, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Samantha Cook, Elkton, Maryland
5 George Allen, Tulsa, Oklahoma Jill Consentino, Oakhurst, New Jersey Willy Marks, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Jessica Kenny, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


2004

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The Talent Quest 2004 competition re-introduced the Duet category; however the category was limited to registration day sign-up only (unlike 2001 and 2002's full cycle competition through all three levels), and competed a single round during the National Finals Week. Also, although it was reinstated as a trophy category, no cash prizes were awarded. The top 2 duet winners did receive the opportunity to perform on the Finals night, however.[3]

Standing Male Pop/Rock/R&B Female Pop/Rock/R&B Male Country/Western Female Country/Western Duet
1 George Allen, Tulsa, Oklahoma Jill Consentino, Oakhurst, New Jersey Michael Harris, West Jordan, Utah Jessica Kenney, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Larry Pauley and Jerry Perkins
2 Tim Marchetto, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Kim Daniels, Atlanta, Georgia Roy Hollis, Jr., Erie, Pennsylvania Shoni Mero, Brentwood, California Jill Consentino and Tim Marchetto
3 Michael Harris, West Jordan, Utah Sharon Sills, Las Vegas, Nevada Michael Kelly, Keizer, Oregon Annie Rhee, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
4 Larry Pauley, Roseville, California Nichole Zachowski, Pocono, Pennsylvania Larry Whitlock, Moore, Oklahoma Kristen Sether, Blanchard, Oklahoma
5 Roy Hollis, Jr., Erie, Pennsylvania Nikki Feroni, Syracuse, New York Todd Killingsworth, Norman, Oklahoma Tracy Gillis, Salem, Oregon


2005

The Talent Quest 2005 competition saw an increase in contestants over the previous year. Additionally, the competition began to see even more international participation, with a sizable New Zealand contingent in attendance.

Notably, the 2005 competition was the last to be produced by Bill Keller, the founder of the contest, and to be hosted by Karaoke Star, an original sponsor. This was due to the Talent Quest organization and trademark being sold to a new management team, bringing new direction and practices.[4]


Standing Male Pop/Rock/R&B Female Pop/Rock/R&B Male Country/Western Female Country/Western Duet
1 D.J. Hale, Alamogordo, New Mexico Brenda Tuley, Portland, Oregon Gregg Grimaldo, Jamul, California Jacey Cornell, Nashville, Tennessee Gregg and Michelle Grimaldo
2 Paul Kruse, Jamul, California, California Pam E., Cleveland, Ohio, Ohio Michael Harris, West Jordan, Utah Nikki Feroni, Syracuse, New York Michael Harris and Ron Coston
3 Tim Marchetto, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Julie Taale, Auckland, New Zealand Willie Marks, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Tracy Gillis, Salem, Oregon
4 Michael Harris, West Jordan, Utah Jacey Cornell, Nashville, Tennessee James Allen Clark, Chapel Hill, Tennessee Michelle Grimaldo, Jamul, California
5 Fred Carter, Longview, Washington Paula Harris, Daly City, California Rob Royce, Albuquerque, New Mexico Tracy Lynn, Salt Lake City, Utah


2006

The Talent Quest 2006 competition was the first to be held under the new management of saw was that scores were aggregated through the rounds, thus qualification for the National Finals was determined by the cumulative sum of a contestant's scores of round 1, 2, and semi-finals.[5]

Standing Male Pop/Rock/R&B Female Pop/Rock/R&B Male Country/Western Female Country/Western Duet
1 Michael Harris, West Jordan, Utah Shoni Mero, Brentwood, California Ted Vigil, Tumwater, Washington Ally Wilcox, Nashville, Tennessee Larry Pauley and Jerry Perkins
2 LaVon Johnson, Garland, Texas Sarah McBride, Auckland, New Zealand Paul Lopez, Lawton, Oklahoma Stephanie Sanchez, Pierre, South Dakota The GSC Young Guns - Ray Dog and Raemon
3 Marko Milbourne, Palm Springs, California Pam DelFranco, Edison, New Jersey Lindsay Robinson, Murray, Utah Shoni Mero, Brentwood, California
4 Michael Twigden, Auckland, New Zealand Pam E. Williams, Las Vegas, Nevada Lance McKay, Escondido, California Natalie Green, Invercargill, New Zealand
5 Brian Paladin, Auckland, New Zealand Rachel McCall, Salt Lake City, Utah Michael Harris, West Jordan, Utah Carrie Hamilton, Lynden, Washington
6 Kari Calliln, Shoreline, Washington


2007

In 2007, the venue of the competition and major sponsor was renamed and refurbished as the Tropicana Express Hotel and Casino. This change included a major overhaul of the hotel and casino, but the layout (notably the Pavilion Theatre and the Caboose Lounge) remained the same.[6]

Standing Male Pop/Rock/R&B Female Pop/Rock/R&B Male Country/Western Female Country/Western Duet
1 Derrick Vaughns, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Erica Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah Michael Kelly, Keizer, Oregon Michelle Grimaldo, Jamul, California The GSC Young Guns - Ray Dog and Raemon
2 Amado Cacho, Honolulu, Hawaii Pam Del Franco, Edison, New Jersey Lonnie Gines, Eagle Mountain, Utah Kitra Donovan, San Francisco, California Ally Wilcox & Lindsay Robinson
3 Michael Bailey, Midwest City, Oklahoma Michelle Chevalier, Mountain View, California Paul Lopez, Lawton, Oklahoma Shoni Mero, Brentwood, California
4 D.J. Hale, Alamogordo, New Mexico Kari Callin, Shoreline, Washington Amado Cacho, Honolulu, Hawaii Denise Franklin, Landers, California
5 Tony Parker, West Valley, Utah Kayleen Watson, Murray, Utah Willy Marks, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Cassie Wells, Hopewell Junction, New York


2008

The Talent Quest 2008 featured a new category for contestants 50 years of age and older, as well as a larger cash prize for the duet category.[7]

Standing Male Pop/Rock/R&B Female Pop/Rock/R&B Male Country/Western Female Country/Western Over 50 Male Over 50 Female Duet
1 Lonza Bartlett, Fort Myers, Florida Kari Callin, Shoreline, Washington Amado Cacho, Honolulu, Hawaii Jessica Rave, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania Frankie Pizano, Crosby, Texas Pam Del Franco, Edison, New Jersey Raymond Gladney & Raymond Hickey
2 Raymond Hickey, West Warwick, Rhode Island Janel Akana, Michael Palomba, Naples, Florida Ally Wilcox, Antioch, Tennessee Jim Price, Lompoc, California Trish Murphy, Golden Valley, Arizona Jerry Perkins & Larry Pauley
3 D.J. Hale, Alamogordo, New Mexico Ally Wilcox, Antioch, Tennessee Paul Lopez, Lawton, Oklahoma Tianna, Honolulu, Hawaii Ronnie Lovell, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Karen Williams, West Valley, Utah Shane Aldous & Tony Penrose
4 Roy Hollis, Erie, Pennsylvania Angela Landers, Garland, Texas Tony Penrose, Taylorsville, Utah Denise Franklin, Landers, California Gene Goudy, Venice, Florida Carmen Ruiz, Phoenix, Arizona
5 Raymond Gladney, Huntsville, AL Danielle Gray, Omaha, Nebraska Jimmy Tighe 2, San Diego, California Nichol Benoit, Englewood, Florida Guy Redmond, Carrollton, Texas Gloria-Jean Norfolk, Wattle Cove, Auckland, New Zealand


2009

Standing Male Pop/Rock/R&B Female Pop/Rock/R&B Male Country/Western Female Country/Western Over 50 Male Over 50 Female Duet
1 Roy Hollis, Jr., Erie, Pennsylvania Tessa O'Gilvie, Fort Myers, Florida Roy Hollis, Jr., Erie, Pennsylvania Danielle Hollobaugh, Bradenton, Florida D.J. Hale, Alamogordo, New Mexico Corine Cyphers, Salt Lake City, Utah Roy Hollis, Jr. and Tony Johnson
2 Robert Bell, Spring, Texas Jenny Diehl, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Gregg Grimaldo, Jamul, California Holland Marie, Garner, North Carolina Jim Price, Lompoc, California Patricia Anderson, San Jacinto, California Jenny Jones and Phil Garris
3 Amado Cacho, Honolulu, Hawaii Janel Akana, Honolulu, Hawaii Bill Bowering, Fulton, New York Andrea Sharp, Saratoga Springs, Utah Anthony Parker, Kearns, Utah June Baxendale, Port Charlotte, Florida Shane Aldous and Jennifer Handy
4 Layne Dansie, Cedar Valley, Utah Stacey Wallace, Cleveland Heights, Ohio Paul Lopez, Lawton, Oklahoma Ashley Smith, Tampa, Florida Tom Yamaguchi, Pearl City, Hawaii Deborah Patton, Largo, Florida
5 Michael Jaynes, Pinellas Park, Florida Jessica, Sandy, Utah Tony Penrose, Taylorsville, Utah Kazzi Shae, Arlington, Texas Chaz Merkel, Clearwater, Florida Denise Tyler, Reddick, Florida

2010

Standing Male Pop/Rock/R&B Female Pop/Rock/R&B Male Country/Western Female Country/Western Over 50 Male Over 50 Female Duet
1 Raymond Gladney, Huntsville, AL Jenny Diehl, Oklahoma City, OK D.J.Hale, Alamogordo, NM Cheryl Roberts, Nicholasville, KY Lance McKay, Escondido, CA Pam Del Franco, Edison, NJ Roy Hollis, Jr. and Tony Johnson - Erie, PA and Gilbert, AZ
2 Tony Johnson, Gilbert, AZ Sophia Booker, Palm Coast, FL Tony Penrose, Taylorsville, UT Fantasia Burgess, Kearns, UT Roy Hollis, Jr., Erie, PA Denise Franklin, Landers, CA Andrea Sharp and Layne Dansie - Saratoga Springs, UT & Cedar Valley, UT
3 Scott Hooper, Sagamore Beach, MA Jenny Jones, Largo, FL Gregg Grimaldo, Jamul, CA Angela Landers, Garland, TX Lynn Cameron, Murray, UT Michelle Grimaldo, Jamul, CA
4 Jimmy Tighe 2, San Diego, CA Nichol Kastor, Englewood, FL Scott Hooper, Sagamore Beach, MA Jenny Jones, Largo, FL Tim Cook, West Palm Beach, FL Lucy Ontiveros, San Marcos, CA
5 Curtis Gray, Brooksville, FL Tioni TamSing, Waipahu, HI Paul Lopez, Lawton, OK Reese Davis, Crandall, TX William Cundiff, Port Angeles, WA Toni Lynne, Chestermere, AB, Canada



2011

Standing Male Pop/Rock/R&B Female Pop/Rock/R&B Male Country/Western Female Country/Western Over 50 Male Over 50 Female Duet
1 Jacquez Huell, Stuart, FL Pam Del Franco, Edison, NJ Paul Lloyd, Port Charlotte, FL Ally Wilcox, Kaysville, UT Roy Hollis, Jr., Erie, PA Denise Franklin, Landers, CA Roy Hollis, Jr. and Tony Johnson - Erie, PA and Gilbert, AZ
2 Tony Johnson, Gilbert, AZ Ally Wilcox, Kaysville, UT Andrew Albrinck, Bellbrook, OH Reese Davis, Dallas, TX Anthony Parker, Kearns, UT Toni Lynne, Alberta, Canada Cheryl White and Jimmy Tighe 2 - Nicholasville, KY and San Diego, CA
3 David Talley, N. Richland Hills, TX Danielle Hollobaugh, Bradenton, FL CiJay Bailey, Kissimmee, FL Cara Hooper, Sagamore Beach, MA Chaz Martino, Seminole, FL Rayna Pass, Del Ray Beach, FL
4 Eldred Williams, Miami Gardens, FL Beth Brennan, Lonsdale, MN Curtis Kaanapu, The Village, OK Shannon Lakey, Haltom City, TX Jim Price, Lompoc, CA Kathryn Morse, Oklahoma City, OK
5 Joey Kaalekahi, Honolulu, HI Dariana Galindo, San Diego, CA Raymond Gladney, Huntsville, AL Annie Rhee, Norman, OK Richard Gary Elliott, Ft. Lauderdale,FL Karen Williams, West Valley, UT Kimberly Evans and Eddie Aducayen - Sacramento, CA



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