Santa Ana Casino launches N.M. Star Search
Santa Ana Star Casino, a New Mexico Native American-owned gaming casino, has launched Santa Ana Star Search, an event designed to discover and showcase New Mexico’s best amateur performers.
From dancers, singers, comedians, musicians, variety performers and actors, Santa Ana Star Search will seek out the state’s most talented individuals or groups and help them launch a professional entertainment career.
“Santa Ana Star Casino is thrilled to conduct a search throughout the state to find New Mexico’s most talented residents and help them get their big break in the entertainment industry,” said Michael Burdick, director of marketing for Santa Ana Star Casino.
In the vein of “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent,” 24 contestants and nine finalists will be selected from throughout the state to compete in Santa Ana Star Search. They will be performing a variety of entertainment genres live at Santa Ana Star Casino’s Bosque Event Center in the categories of vocal, instrumental, dance, variety, comedy and acting.
The contestants will be critiqued by celebrity judges on stage presence, attire, talent, movement/blocking, and audience response to their performance during the show. Three winners from each preliminary show will be selected to compete in the finals.
With the goal of launching an entertainment career, the Santa Ana Star Search winner will receive an opportunity to sign a one-year development contract with a national talent agent, awarded a $10,000 prize, receive a trip for two to the 2011 “American Idol” finale in Los Angeles as a member of its studio audience, and conduct a solo performance at Santa Ana Star Casino’s Bosque Event Center.
In addition, all Santa Ana Star Search finalists will receive a $500 prize for being selected to participate in the final competition.
New Mexico residents interested in participating in Santa Ana Star Search must be 21-years old or older, considered an amateur performer, and will need to submit a recorded audition in one of the categories. It is required by the selection committee that the recording is no longer than three minutes in length. In addition, the entrant must also provide a written biography that is one page or less, and an 8-by-10 inch photograph. The materials can be uploaded via the Internet to SantaAnaStarSearch.com or mailed to Santa Ana Star Casino c/o Santa Ana Star Search Committee, 54 Jemez Canyon Dam Road, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM, 87004. All submission materials must be received no later than 12 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12.
In addition, Santa Ana Star Search will be announcing locations throughout the state where entrants, who do not have access to recording equipment, can record and submit an audition to the selection committee.
Santa Ana Star Search began accepting entries Nov. 9. On Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Bosque Event Center at Santa Ana Star Casino, the first of three live preliminary competitions begin.
The other semifinal shows will take place on Saturday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 26. As a result of the preliminary programs, nine performers will be selected to compete in the Santa Ana Star Search finale on March 12. Open to the public, all shows begin at 7 p.m. and the doors open at 6 p.m.
For information, people are encouraged to visit the Santa Ana Star Search website at santaanastarsearch.com