Wheeling Island Hotel • Casino • Racetrack The Next Big Voice Competition Official Promotional Rules Friday, June 27, 2014 Saturday, June 28, 2014 Revised 5/27/2014 How it Works Wheeling Island Hotel•Casino•Racetrack will host The Next big Voice singing competition on Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28th, 2014. The competition will be in the Wheeling Island Showroom. All entries will be submitted via social media no later than June 7th. A panel of celebrity judges will choose the top twenty (20) semi-finalists and the fans will choose one (1) of the semi-finalist, for a total of 21 semi-finalists. All twenty-one (21) semi-finalists will be asked to perform for a panel of judges live on Friday, June 27th. The top five finalists will be announced live and asked to return for a final performance on Saturday, June 28th. The top three (3) finalists will be awarded at the end of the competition. The prize packages are as follows: 1st Place - $5,000 cash, 2-song Demo written, recorded, mixed and produced by Synematik, Music Producer with Sony Music in New York City and a meeting with the Senior VP of Warner Chappel Music Publishing, Jake Ottmann 2nd Place - $1,500 cash 3rd Place - $500 cash *Additional prizes may be provided by participating sponsors. Registration Contestants will submit a 30 second video via YouTube and copy the link into a tab on the Casino’s Facebook page. The entry tab will open May 5, 2014 at 9am and remain open until June 7, 2014 at 12am. Wheeling Island and its media partner’s staff and their immediate families living in the same household are not eligible for participation. Audition registration is first come first serve, those auditions tapes not submitted before the link closes will not be eligible for consideration. Competition All preliminary contestants will submit a 30 second video via YouTube and twenty-one (21) contestants will be chosen to perform their song live for the judges in the Wheeling Island showroom. Entrants will be notified following their performance if they make it into the semi-final round by phone and/or email from a member of the WI Marketing team. Semi-Finalist will check-in on Friday, June 27th by 12:00pm noon at the registration table. Semi-Finalists will choose their won song and will be asked to provide their own instrumental track. Each semi-finalist will have a maximum of three (3) minutes to perform for the judges. We reserve the right for judges to stop performer before the three (3) minute time period has ended. Semi-Finalist must be prepared to perform their selected song in its entirety. Semi-Finalists will NOT be permitted to see their judging sheets or scores. The judges will choose the top five (5) performers and those performers will be invited to return for the finals. The Finalist will be notified immediately following the Semi-Final performances. Finalist will check-in on Saturday, June 28 by 5:00pm at the registration table. Finalist must be prepared to perform their selected song in its entirety, but we reserve the right for judges to stop performer before the end of the song. Finalists will NOT be permitted to see their judging sheets or scores. All contestants who fail to “check-in” by the assigned time each day will be considered “withdrawn” from the competition. Contestants will be permitted to use a musical instrument during their performance, however NO props will be allowed. Props are anything that supports or enhances the performance, for example, removal of hats, shoes, capes, sunglasses or any type clothing or accessory; inviting audience members to join the performer on stage. Contestants will NOT be permitted to leave the stage at any time during their performance. Judging Criteria Each contestant in the Semi-Finals and Finals will be judged in the following categories: Singing Ability Stage Presence Originality Audience Appeal Contestants will be judged on a scale of 1 to 10. Each based on a scale from 1 to 10 in percentages to prevent ties, 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest score for each category. After each contestant performs their complete song, the scoring sheets will be turned over to WI auditors and the next contestant will perform. In the event of a question or dispute brought to the host, the judging panel’s action must be reviewed by the executive committee where all decisions made by this committee are final. Additional Rules Participation in this promotion is an agreement to abide by the rules of the promotion. All participants must complete a registration form, a Use of Photograph and Release form and a Full Release form. By signing and submitting registration form, contestants agree to comply with any and all rules of the competition. Management/Judges reserves the right to disqualify or otherwise exclude from consideration any participant(s) for failing to abide by these riles or by local, state or federal laws or ordinances. Wheeling Island Hotel • Casino • Racetrack has the right to change, cancel or alter this promotion at any time without prior notice. Typographical and other errors are subject to correction. Void where prohibited by law. The decision of the judges with regard to the selection of winners and all other aspects of the contest shall be final and binding in all respects. All entrants must be 18 years of age or older and must present a valid, governmentissued photo ID and permit a photo copy be made of ID provided. Prizes valued at $600.00 or more will require the winner to complete an IRS W-9 and IRS 1099 form. Persons who have ever signed recording contract are not eligible to participate. All participants must be present for the scheduled performance times and prepare for competition. The competition judges are not accountable for any late arrivals. Any discrepancy with the judges shall be reviewed by the executive committee and all decisions made by the executive committee are final. Final selection of the winning participant shall be final and shall not be subjected to objection or challenge. All contestants are forbidden to approach or socialize with competition judges. Contestants may not be members of the judges’ immediate families. Wheeling Island Hotel•Casino•Racetrack and approved media partners retain the right to videotape and record all performances. Such videotape will be the sole property of Wheeling Island Hotel•Casino•Racetrack and may be used in promotions/advertisement related to the promotion. Winners agree to WI and approved media for unlimited and unrestricted use of the photo likeness for promotional use. Contestants may not use the name, likeness, icon, logo or any proprietary trademark or copyright that is the property of WI or any subsidiary thereof, without the written permission of same. Any vendor who provides promotional items or is engaged in sponsorship ties for the contest or any participants shall be prohibited from participating in the contest or financially or otherwise supporting contestants. At no time before or during the competition will contestants consume alcoholic beverages. Contestants found consuming alcoholic beverages will be disqualified. Any contestant giving false information on registration form shall be disqualified and will forfeit any prizes. The judges, locations, times and decisions made to benefit the overall success of this promotion are at the discretion of the WI management. By participating in this contest, participants agree to be bound by the decisions of WI Management. Persons who violate any rule, gain unfair advantage in participating in the contest, or obtain winner status using fraudulent means will be disqualified. Unsportsmanlike, disruptive, lude, annoying, harassing or threatening behavior is prohibited. WI Management decisions concerning such disputes shall be final. If the conduct or outcome of the contest is affected by human error, any mechanical malfunctions or failures of any kind, intentional interference or any event beyond the control of Management, Management reserves the right to terminate the contest or make such other decisions regarding the outcome as Management deems appropriate. If a contestant or any other individual to deliberately circumvent, disrupt or damage ordinary and normal operation of this contest, telephone systems or website or undermine the legitimate operation of the contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such participant to the fullest extent permitted by law. Winners may be required to complete, execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/ Release of Liability, a Publicity Release within 14 days of being named the winner of a prize. Failure to return all required documents in this time period might result in the winner being disqualified and an alternate winner being selected. No substitution of a prize by the winner will be permitted unless otherwise specifically stated in these Official Rules. If it becomes necessary to substitute a prize due to unavailability of the prize originally intended, a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded at the discretion of Wheeling Island Hotel • Casino • Racetrack . The winner’s entry and acceptance of any prize constitutes permission for Wheeling Island Hotel • Casino • Racetrack to use the winner’s name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice and address (city and state), in all forms of media, in perpetuity, without notice or further compensation. Prizes are not transferable. All federal, state and local taxes, if any and all expenses related to the receipt and use of the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. By participating, each contest entrant agrees to these Official Rules. Winners are required to release, discharge and hold Wheeling Island Hotel • Casino • Racetrack, its parent and affiliated companies, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents, harmless from all liabilities, claims or damages arising from participation in this contest and the acceptance, use, misuse or possession of the prize. Any dispute or situation not covered by the official rules will be resolved by Wheeling Island Hotel • Casino • Racetrack management in a manner deemed by them to be the fairest to all concerned, and that decision shall be final and binding on all participants. In addition, Wheeling Island Hotel • Casino • Racetrack reserves the right to void any entry, and/or to change, cancel or modify this promotion at any time. Persons licensed by the West Virginia Lottery Commission and persons licensed by the West Virginia Racing Commission as on-the-grounds employees, and vendors directly associated with this promotion, their subsidiaries affiliates and agencies are ineligible to participate in the promotion. By entering this promotion, entrants agree to abide by all terms of the official rules. Must be present to win.