Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q)
The auditions include two rounds: Online Audition and On-Stage Audition. You have to get pass the Online audition to reach the On-Stage audition.
a) Online Audition – First Round:
This first-round audition will be online. Participants will submit 2 pictures that were taken within the last two years and one sample song. The pictures and the sample song will be posted on www.vstarshow.com weekly for audience to vote. All new auditions received each week will be posted and ranked based on the number of votes at the end of each week. There are two ways for participants to get to the second round: by People’s Choice and Producers’ Choice. The People’s Choice will be based on the combined votes equally from online voting, text voting, and telephone. Maximum 10 votes per one IP address (online), one text per phone, and one vote per phone number. The top half with the highest combined votes will advance. Producers will also pick additional participants from the remaining half (who did not make the People’s Choice’s list.) This will allow deserving participants but did not get enough audience votes to advance to the live auditions.
Participants MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:
1. A Sample song in MP3 format or a youtube video. The sample song can be with or without music. Participants are welcome to use any of the Thuy Nga Karaoke songs; however, if you choose a different song, you must be responsible for the music right.
2. Two pictures that were taken within the last two years. Each picture should not exceed 1MB. If your pictures are bigger than 1MB, you have to resize them.
3. Fill out an Application
4. A $25 non-refundable Registration Fee. This fee will not be refunded under any circumstances.
There are two ways to submit:
1. On-line Submission
Click http://www.vstarshow.com/application/ to fill out an application, upload song and pictures, and pay the registration fee.
Alternatively, they can be sent in ONE email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You will get a confirmation with a Contestant Number. Remember your Number since they will be used throughout the show.
2. US Mail Submission
Download the Application Here
You can send the song in MP3 format on a CD/DVD, Pictures, and Application with your signature, and a $25 money order or check payable to VietFace TV – VStar Show
You can send all material to:
16149 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
• The $25 fee is used to pay the Online Services provider to host the Online Audition.
Application Deadline has been extended until June 28, 2013.
We guarantee that all pictures and sample song will be reviewed one-by-one by Thuy Nga’s Talent Team. If you would like to become a Thuy Nga singer, VSTAR is the only show.
All audition submittals will be posted on line for audience to vote. Every week, new auditions will be posted. Audience can vote for the new auditions only for one week.
Because of logistics, we may have to limit the number of people who audition. We may have to close the audition earlier than the February 28th deadline if we reach our target number. As such it is highly recommended that you fill out an application as early as possible.
b) On-Stage Audition
The selected participants from the Online audition will get to perform On-Stage in front of the V-STAR Judges. Selected participants will be posted on www.vstarshow.com a few days after the On-Stage audition. Selected participants MUST DO THE FOLLOWING within 7 days from notification:
• Select a city for the audition from the list in the LOCATION section below.
• Pay the $125 On-Stage Audition Fee – either online (see above) or send in money order.
• At the audition, you will be asked to sing and/or perform the song of your choice with or without music on stage in front of Judges. Contestants may be asked to sing another song.
• 48 participants will be selected from all audition locations for the Competition in Orange County, California at the Saigon Performing Arts Center, SPAC. The 48 selected participants must stay in Orange County for 7 days for training to start the competition. Dates will be announced in March.
• The organizers may choose the change the number of selected contestants.
There are four rounds:
a) Qualifying Round – About 48 contestants will be selected from the local stage auditions. They will be trained for one week in OC for group performances. Although the performances are in group, contestants will be judged individually.
b) Quarter Final: About 24 will be selected for the Quarter Finals at the SPAC
c) Semi Final: About 12 contestants will be selected for the Semi Finals at the SPAC
d) 6 contestants will be selected for the Finals at the SPAC
e) There will be two prizes: Judges Choice and People Choice. One contestant may win both.
f) The organizers reserve the right to change the number of contestants for each round before
the competition starts.
a) The Judges Choice winner will receive a 2-year contract with Thuy Nga Paris By Night to be trained and to perform on the prestigious Paris By Night DVD productions. The winner will perform on PBN 110 taped in the fall of 2013.
b) The People Choice winner will win $10,000 USD. The winner is responsible for any applicable taxes.
c) Thuy Nga Entertainment reserves the right to sign with any of the contestants at its own discretion after the show. As such, even if you do not win the competition, there is a chance that Thuy Nga may offer you a singing contract as it did in past competitions.
a) Anyone from 16 and up from anywhere in the world.
b) Must be able to sing in Vietnamese
c) NOT professional singers. The following are considered professional singers:
• Those who have signed singing contracts for 2 years or more with entertainment companies anywhere in the world.
d) Part time or full time employees of Thuy Nga Entertainment, Vietface TV, and Dancesation are NOT allowed to participate. Independent consultants are not considered as employees.
e) VSTAR 2012 Top 12 must skip at least one year to re-enter VSTAR contest. As such they are NOT allowed to participate in 2013 VSTAR.
f) For non-US residents, the organizers will provide proofs of selection to the local US consulates. However, it is the responsibility of the participants to obtain necessary visa to enter the United States.
Huỳnh Thi – Executive Producer of Thúy Nga Productions
Thái Châu – Singer
Thu Phương – Singer
• Contestants are responsible for paying their own travels, hotel, food, and costumes.
• Online First Round registration fee: $25. This fee is used to pay the Internet Service provider to host the online Audition.
• Second Round registration fee: $125. Only if you are selected for the second round. This fee is used to help to pay for the expenses related to the auditions in each city
a) Stage Costumes must be appropriate and approved by the Organizers.
b) The participants are fully responsible for the license and music rights of the audition music submitted to “V-STAR”
c) By submitting the pictures and the music, the participants authorize the organizers the rights to use the pictures and music on the web, TV, newspapers, radio, and DVD.
d) The 12 finalists must sign an agreement not to enter into a contract with other entertainment companies in the world for a period of one year without written consent from Thuy Nga Entertainment.
a) Give unknown talents an opportunity to perform on TV and Thuy Nga Paris By Night.
b) A Special Edition V-STAR DVD to be released by Thuy Nga
c) A solo Album to be recorded by Thuy Nga for the Judges’ Choice winner
d) The Judges Choice winner will receive a 2-year contract with Thuy Nga Paris By Night
e) The People Choice winner will receive $10,000
June 28, 2013 – Application Deadline
June 10-16 – Online Voting Group 1
June 17-23 – Online Voting Group 2
June 24-30 – Online Voting Group 3
July 1-7 – Online Voting Group 4
July 6-14 – Online Voting Group 5
July 27 – Live Audition – Vietface Studios (Orange County, CA)
July 28 - Live Audition – Vietface Studios (Orange County, CA)
August 3 - Live Audition – Vietface Studios (Orange County, CA)
August 4 - Live Audition – Vietface Studios (Orange County, CA)
August 12-18 – Bootcamp Week (Saigon Performing Arts Theater, Orange County, CA)
Sept 9 – Rehearsal for Quarterfinals
Sept 10 – Rehearsal for Quarterfinals
Sept 11 – Rehearsal for Quarterfinals
Sept 12 – Quarterfinals
Sept 13 - Rehearsal for Semifinals
Sept 14 – Rehearsal for Semifinals
Sept 15 - Semifinals
Sept 17 - Rehearsal for Results Show
Sept 18 - Rehearsal for Finals Show
Sept 19 – Rehearsal for Finals Show
Sept 20 – Finals
Sept 21 – Rehearsal for Results Show
Sept 22 – Results Show
Sept 23 – Taping of VSTAR Reunion Show
a) First Round Online audition – contestants provide his/her own music in any language preferably Vietnamese.
b) Second Round On Stage Auditions at local city – contestants pick his/her own song. They may be asked to sing without music (A cappella). Contestants can sing their own songs and play their own instruments. Contestants can dance and sing.
c) Third round, Quarter Final, Semi Final, and Final music will be provided by the organizers. Contestants will sing with a live band. Contestants can sing their own songs and play their own instruments.
d) Quarter and Semi finals – contestants will be asked to sing different styles in each round. Contestants can sing their own songs and play their own instruments.
e) Finals – contestants will sing two different styles. One will be assigned by the producers.
f) The organizers reserve the right to change the formats and rules before the show starts.
a) Contestants need to provide their own costumes. Costumes must be pre-approved by the organizers.
b) If performances require dancers, contestants will be asked to coordinate costume selections with dancers.
a) If you want to record a song professionally, you can go to any recording studio near where you live to record your song or use a Thuy Nga’s Karaoke song. If you live in Orange County, you can contact VietFace TV so they can introduce you to a local recording studio. This is a cost to record a song
b) Alternatively, you can use any other methods such as laptop, smart phone, video camera, Karaoke system to record your demo. If you can’t create MP3, you can upload your video to YouTube.com and send us a link
c) The demo song does not have to have background music.
d) Thuy Nga’s Talent Team does not judge the sound quality of the demo song.
a) The organizing committee reserves the right to change the information in this FAQ as needed
b) You must read the TERMS & CONDITIONS (www.vstarshow.com) and accept them when you register for the audition. Otherwise, your application will not be accepted.