There are plenty of music talent competitions on TV these days, but recently we learned of a new competition that really intrigued us.  It is called “Hollywood Stars,” and a number of features make it different from other competitions out there. 

The first is that it is both an online and a live competition.  Unsigned artists initially register for the competition online and submit a digital file of themselves performing at least one original song – making the competition not only about the artist’s performance ability but also about songwriting ability. 

Entrants can choose to participate in the Online Competition only, or can indicate that they would like to be considered for the Live Competition (if they are able to come to Los Angeles to audition).  Both competitions are open to individuals, bands, and vocal groups, and there are no restrictions in regards to age, language, or music genre.  Voting is audience-based, and anyone in the world can register online as a fan for free and vote for their favorite artists.

Another unique aspect of this competition is that it is an international competition.  Artists from around the world are invited to compete – in a quick review of the current finalists this afternoon, I saw performers not just from the United States and Canada, but also from Russia, Hungary, Sweden, Italy, the Phillipines, Brazil, India, Sri Lanka, France, Estonia, Israel, Ireland, and many other countries. 

Anyway, I know this is a bit of a step away from my usual posts about custom stage drapes and theatrical backdrops.  But I just thought it was such a terrific concept – so inclusive – that I just had to put a shout out for it.  And it makes me think, what if the next Lady Gaga is found through “I’m a Hollywood Star”?  Wouldn’t that be great?