The third annual Mocha Jo's Idol contest is slated to begin on Saturday, Jan. 14. The contest is designed to be a fun event to give local talent an opportunity to sing on the Mocha Jo's stage.
Any amateur singer, age 13 or older, is eligible to compete. Contestants must be prepared to sing a different song on three Saturday evenings: Jan. 14, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4. Scheduling conflicts cannot be accommodated. Singing will begin at 6:30 p.m. each evening, and a schedule showing the order the contestants will perform will be available by Tuesday of each week.
Any solo song of the singer's choice with appropriate content may be performed. Contestants may personally play or have one other person accompany them on a single instrument (guitar, piano, etc), or they may perform with a CD accompaniment. No additional people may sing with the contestant.
Contestants will be required to use the Mocha Jo's sound system. Mocha Jo's will provide a vocal mic, a second mic for instrument amplification and a CD/MP3 player for accompaniment songs. An open stage will be made available at Mocha Jo's for contestants to practice and do sound checks. Practice times will be set up individually closer to the date. A Mocha Jo's employee will run the sound system and try to keep a record of the volume levels for the Saturday evening performances.
Mocha Jo's will provide a panel of judges each night. There will be no confrontation or feedback between the contestant and the judges. The judges' decision will be final with no outside input or voting. The judges will listen to all contestants that particular evening and make a private decision about which contestants advance to the next round. The number of contestants who sign up will determine how many advance from one contest to the next.
The final contestants will compete on Feb. 4, and one 2012 Mocha Jo's Idol will be selected.
Contestants must fill out an application to compete in the Mocha Jo's Idol contest. Applications are available at Mocha Jo's. The deadline for applications will be Monday, Jan. 9.
All contestants will receive a Mocha Jo's T-shirt. The Mocha Jo's Idol will receive amazing prizes and their name will be engraved on a plaque that is proudly displayed at Mocha Jo's along with the names of previous winners.