It’s a pretty well-known axiom for a reason – you never know unless you try. You’ll never get the girl unless you try to talk to her. You’ll never get the job of your dreams unless you apply for it. And so on, and so forth. This notion is almost definitely what Tessanne Chin was thinking when she decided to go for it, and look at her now: She’s the Season Five winner of NBC’s “The Voice.” On Sept. 24, 2013, she sang “Try” by P!nk, and all four chairs turned around (Adam, Blake, Cee Lo and Christina) in the “blind auditions” portion in Week One.
This season, Philly had a representative in the competition up until the semi-finals; the week before, Yardley’s Matthew Schuler got the boot. Last year, there weren’t auditions in Philly; in January and February of 2013, the crew accepted auditions in Chicago, Atlanta, L.A., Houston and New York City. Memphis, Minneapolis, Dallas, San Francisco, Nashville, Orlando, Seattle, Miami and even East Rutherford, NJ (at the Izod Center in the summer of ’11) have seen previous visits from the production circus. But this year, we get the first full-on Center City audition spot devoted to Philly, and it’s right around the corner.
On Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 11th and 12th, you can register and audition at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch St.) and catch your big, huge break. The winner gets, typically, $100,000 cash and a record deal with Universal Republic. Not bad. Of course, you get the title and the notoriety that comes with it (nearly 15 million people tuned in for the Season Five premiere), but first, you have to audition.
Here are some firm rules for the weekend’s process:
- Please prepare two songs for your open call audition. You may not perform both, but have them ready.
- Only a cappella performances are allowed at the open call auditions.
- No background tracks.
- No accompaniment.
- No instruments.
- The only thing they want to hear is YOUR VOICE.
- To be clear, you cannot play your guitar.
- Songs can be by any artist and from any genre (pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, alternative, Latin, country, blues, indie).
- Family, friends, managers, vocal instructors, etc. will NOT be allowed at the audition.
- If you are under 18 or are otherwise a minor in your home state, one parent or guardian will be allowed with you at the audition.”
If you can’t make it to the Convention Center, you can make and send in a video of yourself, too. But it’s got to be in a very specific format—peep those details here.
If you haven’t heard, the judges have done a little musical chairs: Blake Shelton and Adam Levine are staying (because they can, I guess), and with Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green out, Shakira and Usher have agreed to sit in those huge, rotating red chairs. The show’s set to debut on Feb. 24th. Still not sure how to proceed or worried that you don’t qualify? Here are a bunch of Frequently Asked Questions answered for you.