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Paramount Idol Season 2 – Open Auditions

Do you think you have the chops to make in the music industry?

Registration is now open for the Paramount Idol singing competition! Pre-Registration is required. 

Register Here!

Open public auditions will be held on Saturday, April 27 beginning at 9am.  Participation is FREE and is limited to the first 500 individuals who register for the event.

Check-In on the day of the auditions will begin at 8:30am – you will audition in the order you arrive!

Participants must be 15 years of age or older with valid identification. There is no age cap on participation. All individuals under 18 must have signed parental consent; Parental Consent Form.  All participants must be prepared to sing a song of their choosing “a capella style.” This is a solo singing competition, so no instruments, duets, groups, or bands.

Contestants compete for a chance to win exciting prizes and perform in a LIVE FINALE SHOW at the Paramount Theater. Prize Packages as follows:


  • $1,000 Cash
  • A professional consultation session with Bruce Flohr, CSO & EVP of Red Light Management, and Partner ATO Records
  • Opportunity to perform at an appropriate Paramount event within one year
  • Professional demo recording session at White Star Sound recording studio


  • $500 Cash
  • Professional demo recording session at White Star Sound recording studio


  • $250 Cash
  • Professional demo recording session at White Star Sound recording studio

ABOUT THE EVENT: Paramount Idol is the perfect opportunity for the area’s undiscovered stars to bring their very best to our panel of music industry experts (to be announced!) LAST YEAR’S WINNER, Jennifer Stuart, has gone on to perform with Maxine Jones originally of En Vogue in Las Vegas, has performed twice more at The Paramount, joined the band In Full as the full time lead singer, and more!

The Paramount Idol Contest will be modeled after the show and singing competition, American Idol. All proceeds from the event will benefit the nonprofit Paramount Theater. The contest will take place in three rounds of competition, all completely free to contestants:

Round #1 – April 27th (9AM): Auditions – 30-40 selected to move to the next round. Line opens at 8:30 a.m. Auditions begin at 9 a.m. You will be queued for audition in the order you arrive. Check-In will close at 10 a.m. WE ARE UNABLE TO GUARANTEE TIME SLOTS.

Round # 2 – April 27th: (4pm): Second Round – If asked to return for the evening performance, you will again audition, a capella style to select the top ten, who will move to the  final round.

Round # 3 LIVE Finale Contest – May 17th: The final contest will be the main event and will consist of each contestant singing in front of the final celebrity judge panel who will be judging the live, finale event. Tickets for the general public will be sold through the Paramount Box Office.

In addition to the three rounds of competition for the cash prize packets (outlined above), contestants will vie to be the best gaining exposure to top music executives! A panel of celebrity judges will judge the live finale event (last year the judge panel consisted of: Maxine Jones of En Vogue, Jonathan Azu of Red Light Management New York, and Andy Waldeck songwriter, and touring member of Daughtry). In addition, the finale will include a full live band, emcee, and choreographed material. Full details on the May 17th finale event COMING SOON!

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Individuals or businesses interested in supporting this event through sponsorship, please call Chris Faulkner, 434-293-1009 or email: chrisfaulkner@theparamount.net.

Thank you to our Media Sponsor:






Thank you to our Prize Packet Sponsors:

  • Bruce Flohr, CSO & EVP of Red Light Management, and Partner ATO Records
  • White Star Sound

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Thank you also to our volunteer Paramount Idol Producers

  • ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS – Rusty Speidel and Mary Margaret Holden
  • MUSICAL DIRECTOR – James McLaughlin (In Full Band)

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The Paramount Theater is proud to join forces with community leaders to bring high quality performing arts to our community.

Thank you to our Marquee Producers Club Sponsor!

Thank you to our Producers Club Sponsors!
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