The deadline to get signed up 12th annual "Starz Youth Talent Show" is today at 5 PM.

The "Starz Youth Talent Show" will be at the outdoor stage at "The Four States Fair" on Monday and the finals will be on Thursday.  If you are between the ages of 8 and 20 and have a talent of singing or playing an instrument, here is your opportunity to shine and win great prizes.

The purpose of the "Starz Youth Talent Show" is to discover and develop talent among the youth in Texarkana and surrounding areas. Any genre is welcome.

Contestants perform on the Outdoor Stage during the Four States Fair. The first round of competitions is Monday, September 17, from 6 PM to 8 PM. The top three from each category will compete in the finals at the Fair on Thursday, September 20. There are four age categories: 8-11, 12-14, 15-17, and 18-20.

The deadline to submit entry forms is Friday, September 14 at 5 PM. The competition is open to all amateur performers between the ages of 8 and 20, with no previous professional experience or earned wages for performing.

First place winners at the finals in each age category will win a three-song demo CD and cover design from Smart Studios in Nash, Texas.

Smart Studios

Special prizes will also be awarded to second and third place winners in each age category.

Remember, the entry deadline is Friday, September 14, at 5PM. Each registered contestant will receive four gate admissions to the Fair for the day of competition. Entry Forms can be downloaded online or picked up at Townsquare Media, 2324 Arkansas Blvd, Texarkana, Ark.

Each contestant can compete only once and will have a time limit of three minutes for their performance as well as two minutes for set-up time and sound check. Contestants are required to bring their own cassette, CD, instrument or props. Time will not be charged to your performance if the technicians request extra time. Townsquare Media and the Four States Fairgrounds will provide a complete sound system with technicians.

Contestants will be judged on:

  1. Stage Presence
  2. Artistic Performance
  3. Audience Response
  4. Musical/talent Content

(Lyrics and presentation must be acceptable in a family environment.)