People put skills on display at Rockin' Rucker's
Spc. Derek Crowe, C Co., 1st Bn., 11th Avn. Regt., and his wife, Amber, perform an original song titled "Rusty River" during the final round of "Rockin' Rucker's" talent show last year. The duo took home last year's top prize.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Those looking for some live entertainment might consider the second annual Rockin’ Rucker’s Talent Show -- and they might even see something they’ve never seen before.

Community members will put their talents on display Wednesday and Aug. 4 from 6-9 p.m. at the Landing Ballroom, with participants being judged in five categories: overall performance, personality, originality, stage presence and audience response, said Brian Jackson, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

“Everybody is welcome to all three elimination rounds, including patrons that aren’t performing,” Jackson said. “According to the judges last year, a lot of participants scored very low in audience response during the audition rounds because no one showed up to support the acts. I would highly recommend to every participant to bring their family and friends to come watch all three audition rounds to support the acts and also to have fun!”

The talent show is open to the public and all participants are eligible to compete for cash prizes, he added.

The deadline to enter the show is Friday, but if the 60 entrance slots are not filled, participants can enter the day of the auditions, Jackson said. Participants will be notified via email or phone if they have made it to the final round of elimination by Aug. 5.

Participants can enter categories ranging from vocal soloist, to vocal or instrumental group, to other, “which could be almost anything,” he said.

A maximum of 60 acts will have the chance to be one of the top 12 chosen to move on to the next stage of competition. This top 12 will compete in the final round of elimination at the post theater Aug. 13 from 6-7 p.m. The celebrity act Committed will perform at the end of this final elimination round.

But there’s more, as the top 8 acts chosen Aug. 13 will compete for cash prizes Aug. 27 from 6-7 p.m. at the Lake Party Luau at the West Beach Gazebo at Lake Tholocco. There is a $300 first place prize, $200 second place prize, and $100 third place prize, along with trophies.

“Active duty Soldiers and National Guard that make the Top 12 will be evaluated by Army Entertainment representatives Aug. 13 for 2012’s Soldier Show,” said Jackson.

The limit for maximum number of participants in an act is three. A sound system will be on hand, but acts are encouraged to check technical specifics by calling 255-9810. Acts are allowed to have back-up vocals in their instrumental track as long as they are not overpowering the participant.

Also each participant will have to sign a media release/waiver form before their performance, and acts under the age of 18 will require a parent or guardian to sign up.

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