Broadband video streaming is now so widely available that broadcasting videos uploaded on the web directly to a national cable TV show seemed a natural fusion of the two different TV delivery media
Orange, CA (PRWEB) January 27, 2009
The unique web to TV talent show, Make a Star, (MakeAStar.com) announces that its Original Music Contest is about to close for submissions to its Audition Phase. Artists and bands with original music must upload their videos to MakeAStar.com by noon PST on January 30 in order to have their submissions eligible for judging to advance to the Hollywood Phase of the contest.
Submissions to MakeAStar.com are free, and the new show is causing a sensation because it is the first talent show to offer artists and bands everywhere an equal chance to win the fame of national TV exposure, a potential record contract, and a $10,000 grand prize. The web to TV format means that anyone can upload a video from a computer and have their video equally considered by public voters and a panel of leading music industry judges. Dozens of music videos from unsigned or recently signed artists have already received national TV exposure because they uploaded their videos and won votes.
"Broadband video streaming is now so widely available that broadcasting videos uploaded on the web directly to a national cable TV show seemed a natural fusion of the two different TV delivery media" said Dr. Iman Foroutan, inventor of the Make A Star contest platform. Make A Star's online contest system is a patented process whereby thousands of videos can be pitted against each other in a bracketed tournament system. In each round, videos getting the most votes each week advance to the next bracket round until the most popular videos emerge to be included in the TV show. The system prevents multiple votes for a single contestant by the same user and provides flexible vote weighting for both fans and industry judges, so contestants get the fairest possible consideration.
The Original Music Contest's Audition Phase, which closes on January 30, allows artists and bands anywhere in the US to get their work exposed on MakeAStar.com, and potentially on TV. The Audition Phase winners will advance to a 4 week face-off (the Hollywood Phase) from which the final winner of the Original Music Contest will emerge on March 14.
"The unique equal chance opportunity of MakeAStar.com and the Make A Star TV show is that an artist or band can upload a video at the beginning of a week at no cost, and at the end of the week find that same video featured on a national TV show because their work impressed the judges and the public" continued Dr. Foroutan. Unlike other TV talent shows, which require contestants to invest in traveling to distant audition locations, waiting in long lines, and going through an often demeaning audition process, Make A Star TV ensures that the public focus is on the work.
"The guiding principle is the excellence of the effort", said Dr. Foroutan. "We feature all music genres; it doesn't matter if you are hip-hop, country or rock; nor does the quality of the video production matter that much. Star quality has a way of shining through, and the public has a good ear. We have seen some amazingly talented musicians rise from complete obscurity to national TV exposure over the last 2 months. But now Original Music submissions have less than a week to get their music uploaded to MakeAStar.com to be considered for the final Hollywood Phase this TV season.
Make A Star TV is the first web-to-TV talent show of its kind. It launched as a syndicated program on Fuse TV in December 2008. The 30-minute show is broadcast on Saturdays at 10.30am (EST and PST). The 13 part series concludes in March, when the grand prize winner will be announced. All artists and bands have to do to enter is shoot a video of themselves (or have a friend do it), and upload it from any computer. "We tell people that even if you don't have a computer, you can ask for help at your public library or school. We find communities are entering into the swing of things, because everyone wants to help local talent make it onto a national stage" said Dr. Foroutan. Even those without a video camera can participate, because MakeAStar.com also offers the opportunity to sing from a webcam directly into site-based software.
"My vision for Make A Star, which got its first provisional patents issued in 2000, has always been that there should be a level playing field for talent. So often, you hear about people being shut out by the system of record labels and agents. The web allows talented people to be judged fairly and equally by the public and allows the best talents to rise," concluded Dr. Foroutan.
About MakeAStar.com and Make A Star TV:
MakeAStar.com provides a bracketed contest platform that allows artists and talented individuals to upload their work from any internet connection. A $10,000 contest for original music gives bands and solo artists a chance to upload their music videos directly to the site and have the video potentially aired on Make A Star's syndicated program on FUSE, the cable network catering to the serious music fan. MakeAStar.com is now expanding outside of music and into other skills that can be ported from webcam to website to TV. The latest $1,000 Valentine Love Letter Contest is seeking the 'Casanova of the Year' who can write and perform the best 60 second spoken word ode to love.