By Evan Dyson, IMCOMOctober 21, 2011
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Oct. 21, 2011 -- Regardless of singing ability, one eligible MWR patron will win two tickets to Hollywood and the Grammys through the Army's premier singing competition. It will take just a little luck, trivia knowledge and technology.
Modeled after "American Idol," Operation Rising Star showcases musical talent within the military community.
The Operation Rising Star Ultimate Fan Game offers the chance to answer trivia questions about the competition online. According to organizers, the game provides another way members of the military community can get involved in the competition.
The Ultimate Fan Game grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to Hollywood, join the winner of Operation Rising Star at the Grammy awards show and visit a Hollywood recording studio to watch the 2011 Operation Rising Star winner records a three-song demo CD.
Weekly prizes range from gift cards to iPods. Each week until Nov. 6, the 10 highest-scoring participants will automatically enter into the grand prize sweepstakes. The winner will be drawn during the competition's finals week in December.
Trivia questions for the promotion will come from the past three seasons of the show, viewable online at the Army Family and MWR channel on YouTube at http://youtube.com/FamilyMWR.
The grand-prize winner will be announced during the Operation Rising Star finals week broadcast, beginning Dec. 11on the Pentagon Channel and at OpRisingStar.com.
Operation Rising Star is a production of Army Entertainment. Local competitions have already taken place in 37 venues. In November, a group of local winners will move on to the larger competition hosted by Installation Management Command, Family and MWR Programs.
Historically, the annual competition concluded at Fort Belvoir, Va. This year, however, it will wrap up in the historic Fort Sam Houston Theatre following the Base Realignment and Closure move of Family and MWR Programs from Alexandria, Va., to Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
The Operation Rising Star Ultimate Fan Game online experience was made possible by NTB Media with sponsorship by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
To learn more about the singing competition and to play the online game, visit http://oprisingstar.com/.