16 Finalists Returning for All-Stars

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The Shot: All-Stars is coming this June!

This June, 16 finalists from seasons 1-4 of The Shot are returning to compete in the ultimate battle of the best!

The All-Stars showdown will include former winners and top 8 finalists. Some of them are looking to hold onto their titles while others are back for redemption and another opportunity at the top prize.

“We’ve seen some amazing talent over the last four seasons,” says The Shot executive producer and head judge C.J. Allen, “this a chance for them to come together for a battle royale. We thought this was the perfect time to bring them under one roof. Season 4 was phenomenal and this is a great way to top it. There are new challenges ahead [for the contestants] for sure. Some of them haven’t had the full experience as it is now and so it will be completely new to them. We’re really looking forward to having them all back.”

In addition to the returning contestants, the judging panel will be a combination of judges from seasons 1-4 but at least two them will be familiar to the participants.

“Well, it wouldn’t be a season of The Shot without both Juneyt and myself,” Allen says, “but as for the other seats, it’s anybody’s guess really. Maybe there’s more than four judges this season? Maybe there’s only three? No matter who the judges are or how many of them there are, it’s going to be a blast and June really can’t come soon enough!”

Out of the 16 returning All-Stars, 8 of them will be featured in the finale on June 17 and one of them will be the best of the best.

Following All-Stars, The Shot will return in September with a brand new season open to anyone, from anywhere over the age of 16.

C.J. Allen launching Allegiance

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Executive producer and judge C.J. Allen is launching new music business agency

The Shot executive producer and judge C.J. Allen has launched Allegiance Music, a music business agency that will work alongside solo-artists and groups to help them establish, build and successfully manage their goals and their own businesses. The firm will also function as a talent incubator for independent artists and will facilitate the recording, mastering, production and distribution of albums in partnership with AME Recording Studio.

“The music industry is rapidly evolving. There’s so much artists can do to get themselves and their music out there without a major label or a manager or an agent to do the work for them. Understanding your business, the nooks and crannies and the nuances of it is incredibly important,” says Allen, “I want independent artists to be successful on their own and feel just as comfortable and confident doing their taxes as they do on stage or with a guitar in their hands. DIY music business is the way forward for singers, songwriters and bands that want to make a great living doing what they’re passionate about.”

Allen will work directly and personally with artists as the agency’s principal consultant while contracted industry experts will also be brought on board to advise and provide additional opportunities.

In addition to providing customized, affordable coaching and management services, Allegiance Music will also take responsibility for production of The Shot starting with season 5 of the vocal talent search competition scheduled for this fall. Prior to the launching of Allegiance Music, The Shot had been operated and managed independently.

For its first project, Allegiance Music will be hosting an eight week music business workshop series starting in February 2017. The series will be lead by industry professionals and will focus on the basic pillars of starting and running a music business.

Allegiance Music can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/allegiancemusicco and at wwww.allegiancemusic.com.

Joni NehRita Returns to ‘The Shot’

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Veteran judge Joni NehRita returns to The Shot as guest judge and resident mentor

Fresh off her residency performing at the Shangri-la Muscat resort in Oman, season 1-3 judge and accomplished singer-songwriter Joni NehRita is returning to The Shot for season 4 as guest judge for the callbacks and resident mentor. Joni will join veteran judges Juneyt Yetkiner and C.J. Allen along with new judges Nadia Mazzarolo and Danya Dixon at the judges’ table following the auditions which begin November 4.

“[The Shot] offers the opportunity for friendship and real, genuine mentorship, I love being part of The Shot and am excited to be back in this new role and to see all the amazing talent,” says Joni, who will be returning to Oman for her second stint at the Shangri-la in January.

Joni has been known for her straight-forward assessment of talent coupled with her caring and nurturing attitude toward participants in seasons 1, 2 and 3. As one of the original judges still involved with the program (aside from executive producer and judge C.J. Allen), Joni brings a seasoned perspective to the role. In addition to helping the new panel evaluate the performers who advance to the callbacks round on November 6, Joni will also work with The Shot season 4 finalists on a group performance that will kick-off the grand finale on November 26 and will work together with the other judges to mentor the finalists leading up to the big day.

For more about Joni NehRita, visit her website at www.joninehrita.com.

Audition Tips from the Judges

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The Shot Judges (left to right) C.J. Allen, Danya Dixon, Juneyt Yetkiner, Nadia Mazzarolo

Are you preparing yourself for your audition? Our panel of esteemed and intrepid judges have contributed to this list of audition tips to get you ready yourself mentally and physically for your time in the audition room.

  • The best advice we can give anyone is to go out there and have fun. If you’re not enjoying it, it shows. A lot of people, because an audition is so intense, might let it close in on them and get a bit overwhelmed. You need to enjoy it for what it is.
  • Separate yourself from everyone else, do something that makes you a little bit different, and really put yourself out there. Do something crazy with your hair, be creative with your wardrobe, show your personality and do something unique to make yourself stand out.
  • It’s easy to say “don’t be nervous” but really, don’t be nervous! Nerves have such a huge impact on your performance. Take a deep breath, centre yourself and have faith in your talent.
  • Realize that everything you have done up to the point that you plant your feet firmly in front of the judges has led you to that point. In that moment when you start to sing, there is nothing you can do to change the outcome. You’re like a baseball player going to the plate: everything before you get there, the training and the passion, that’s what matters. Once you swing, it’s not up to you anymore.
  • OPEN YOUR EYES. 90% of communication is nonverbal and your eyes say so much about your emotion, the story you’re telling through your singing and the type of performer you are. Singing with your eyes closed totally cuts you off from us and from the audience.
  • If you find yourself getting jittery when you make eye contact, find a spot just over our heads or over the heads of the audience that you can focus on that will still let you scan our faces but that doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable.
  • Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. It will helps with your nerves. Recruit your family, some friends, or just sing to yourself in the mirror and practice keeping your eyes open, making eye contact and your choreography. You can’t rehearse enough for the audition.
  • WARM-UP. Do a vocal warm-up before coming in to the audition room. If you’ve never warmed up vocally before, there are thousands of Youtube videos you can reference to find one that works for you or better yet, speak to a vocal coach who can help you develop a technique.
  • That said, DON’T WRECK YOUR VOICE. Know your limits, rehearse within it.
  • TUNE YOUR INSTRUMENTS. There’s nothing that can bring an audition to a screeching halt faster than an out of tune guitar. If you’re confident enough to bring an instrument into your audition, take the time to make sure it’s properly tuned and if it’s not – don’t use it.
  • Song choice is important and the song you chose says a lot about who you are as an artist, your style, taste and ability to select songs that suit and match your voice, tone and look. Choose songs that are mainstream and modern. The days when someone could come in and belt out a Whitney song have come and gone.
  • MAKE THE SONG YOUR OWN. You aren’t restricted to singing the original tune and nor should you be trying to impersonate the original artist. Doing something new, exciting and creative with a song makes you stand out.
  • Consider your wardrobe carefully. This is a vocal talent search but we’re also looking for someone who is confident, trendy, and speaks to a specific audience or demographic. Unless you’re a rocker, torn jeans aren’t good. Think of this like a job interview in a way.
  • HOLD SOMETHING BACK. It can be really tempting to go all out in your first audition and it may sound like it goes against everything else we have said here but try to hold onto something that will help you to further stand out later in the process should you make it through the auditions.
  • We’re each looking for something different. Some of us are assessing vocals, others are judging marketability. If you don’t advance passed the auditions, don’t take it personally. Just because it’s no now, doesn’t mean it’s going to be no forever.
  • Competition Rules & Regulations

    Please be advised that you must meet the following eligibility requirements (which may be changed at any time by THE SHOT producers in its sole discretion) (collectively, the “Eligibility Requirements”) in order to proceed with the application process and to participate in THE SHOT:

    1. This contest is open to solo artists only.

    2. Group acts, bands and duets are not permitted.

    3. Entrants must be at least sixteen (16) years of age by November 1, 2016. All applicants who meet this criterion, including all persons significantly older than sixteen (16) years of age, are welcome and encouraged to apply to be an Entrant. All Entrants younger than eighteen (18) years of age must have all parents/legal guardians complete the Parental/Legal Guardian Consent attached to this application.

    4. Entrants shall be required to pay a one-time administration fee of $10.00 CAD at pre-registration or registration. No other fees shall be requested or required.

    5. Entrants shall not be required to sell or promote items associated with the contest.

    6. Parents, guardians or guests accompanying Entrants will not be permitted to join, observe, or participate in any closed sessions including but not limited to auditions, callbacks and bootcamp unless otherwise invited or requested by THE SHOT staff.

    7. Accommodation, travel or other expenses incurred by the Entrant shall not be reimbursed by THE SHOT or the producer and shall be at the sole expense of the Entrant.

    8. Entrants who have participated in previous seasons of THE SHOT and have advanced to the top four are not permitted to participate in a consecutive season of the program but may return to audition for seasons that follow (i.e. top four finalists from Season 2 cannot participate in Season 3 but can participate in Season 4).

    9. Past winners may not participate in the program a second time.

    10. THE SHOT is open to all genres of music or music performers including, but not limited to rappers, MCs, lyricists, beatboxers and yodellers.

    11. Entrants will have ninety (90) seconds to audition for THE SHOT judges. Judges may, at their discretion, stop an audition at any time. Entrants require four (4) “yes” votes from the judges in order to advance from the auditions to the callbacks round.

    12. Entrants who move on passed the auditions stage of the contest must attend the callbacks round and any subsequent events or required processes. If an Entrant passes the auditions but is unable to attend callbacks, the Entrant will be immediately disqualified from the competition and their spot will be given to another Entrant.

    13. Entrants who move on passed the callbacks stage of the contest must attend the bootcamp round and any subsequent events or required processes. If an Entrant passes the callbacks but is unable to attend bootcamp, the Entrant will be immediately disqualified from the competition and their spot will be given to another Entrant.

    14. Entrants may perform a cover or original song for their audition. Original songs must be their own and the artist must be the sole writer of the song.

    15. This contest is not open to staff, directors, or employees of THE SHOT or Mireu Solutions. Entrants who may cause a conflict of interest for one or more of THE SHOT judges may not be permitted to audition.

    16. There will be one grand prize winner. The Entrant will be declared the winner by having the most number of votes by the audience at the THE SHOT finale on the date designated by the organizers. Pooling of audience votes may include live audience voting, use of an application or another collection technique as designated by the organizers.

    17. Lyrics of original music or lyrics to covers must not include or contain any material that is obscene, offensive, defamatory, pornographic, threatening or abusive, content that is otherwise objectionable or would be deemed inappropriate, unsuitable or offensive, as determined by THE SHOT producers in its sole discretion. THE SHOT reserves the right to disqualify any entries that contain the elements previously described.

    18. Entrants are not permitted to perform an original song beyond the audition process.

    19. The contest is subject to all federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations that may be applicable.

    20. All decisions made by THE SHOT judges or producers with respect to the acceptance of any entry and eligibility of entries shall be final and binding. THE SHOT reserves the right to extend the deadline of the competition and/or announcement of the winner if needed.

    21. All personal information collected from Entrants will be used only for the purposes of administering the contest, delivering the prizes and for marketing and promotional purposes; under no circumstances will any personal information be sold or rented to third parties. All personal information collected by THE SHOT will be kept in accordance with the company’s privacy policy, and in accordance with all applicable privacy laws.

    22. The right is reserved by THE SHOT producers to terminate this contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the contest, and/or these rules at any time.

    23. Entrants hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless the contest entities (including THE SHOT, Mireu Solutions and all sponsors and partners) from and against any and all third party claims arising out of or resulting from:

    a) the entrant’s participation in the contest; or
    b) any breach or alleged breach of any of the warranties, representations, or agreements granted, made by or entered into by an entrant; or
    c) injuries, whether minor, mild or major, sustained on the premises of any events associated with the Entrant’s participation in THE SHOT.

    24. Entrants are permitted to play an acoustic guitar during their audition. Other instruments, such as a keyboard, may be provided.

    25. Failure to comply with the rules as outlined above may result in disqualification.

    What to expect at Your Audition

    James Lintag

    The Shot season 3 winner James Lintag at his first audition

    It all starts with an audition and yours could be enough to change your life and music career forever. But what should you expect when you audition for The Shot?

    Arriving at your audition
    Auditions will take place on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Holiday Inn, 30 Fairway Rd S, Kitchener, ON starting at 10 a.m. (depending on which date you have selected when you register).

  • Acts are asked to arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled audition time as specified on your registration confirmation e-mail.
  • If you have registered but did not receive confirmation, please contact us at contact@singfortheshot.com.
  • Please bring your a hard copy of your registration confirmation e-mail and a piece of valid identification.
  • Using a guitar: Please make sure you bring it along and that it is properly tuned prior to going in to the audition room.

     
    When you arrive at the Holiday Inn, please look for the registration table where The Shot staff will welcome you and process your registration and you will be given a sticker for you to wear that displays your registration number. The registration number sticker will help the judges to identify you. You will also be asked to sign a waiver allowing for you to be photographed and videoed. Acts under the age of 18 will require a parent or guardian to sign a consent form.

    Waiting to audition
    Once you have signed-in at registration, you will be asked to move to a holding area until you are called for your audition. Please expect to wait for an indeterminate amount of time to see the judges. While we try to move acts through the audition process as quickly as possible, waiting may be inevitable and we ask for your patience.

  • While you wait, please use it as an opportunity to make sure your guitar (if you are using one) is properly tuned.
  • Please use the time to warm up your vocal chords, use the washroom and practice your lyrics.
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    Going in for your audition
    When the judges are ready for you, a staff member will escort you in to the audition room. Here’s how it will go from there:

  • The judges will ask you to take the mark and will ask you some questions (ie. how old you are, where you’re from, etc.)
  • The interview is a very important part of the auditions. It gives the judges with a chance to get to know something unique about you.
  • The judges will ask you to sing 90 seconds or a verse and chorus of a song.
  • You can expect to be stopped at the 90 second mark or before at the judges’ discretion.
  • The judges may request for you to sing a second song at their discretion.
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    Following your performance, the judges will provide feedback and will vote on whether or not an act will move on to the callbacks round. Acts shall require 3 out of 4 “yes” votes in order to move on to callbacks.

    What happens if you make it through?
    If you make it through auditions to callbacks, you will be given a Golden Ticket and will be required to come back to Holiday Inn on Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 9am-7pm. Acts unable to attend callbacks for the entire day will not be permitted to continue on in the competition.

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