Story and image by Ana Pautassi.
After weeks of singing and submitting auditions, the final round has begun!
As of March 12 at 12:01 a.m., students throughout Canada can start voting for their favourite, undiscovered solo artist from their school. The winner of this competition will not only win a concert from Lights for his or her school but also be the opening act that night.
The Open for Lights contest has been running since February 27. DC and UOIT students have been submitting their videos weekly and points have been awarded each week according to the number of votes each video received (one vote = one point). The musicians with the highest amount of points from each school will have their videos shown to a panel of five celebrity judges.
The finalist from each school will be revealed at the end of the week. Judges will receive the finalist’s videos on Monday.
“Each judge will get a criteria sheet. They will judge on the creativity, talent and the actual video,” explained Crystal Bennett, community development of Student Life Network, who is running the competition.
The winner will be notified on March 22 at 3 p.m. after the judges have cast their votes and the free concert will take place on March 29. Not only will there be a concert but a student from the winning school that voted will be entered to win $1000.
“We are leaving some things a surprise,” said Bennett, who said some judges might be revealed later this week and some prizes might also be given away at the concert.
Students can still submit videos even if they haven’t participated in previous weeks.
“New entries could still make it to the judging panel, it is all about the votes,” said Bennett.
Entries for DC and UOIT are up on the SA website. Voting closes March 18 at 11:59 p.m.