A total of 14 performers will be showing off their talents tonight at the start of the 2015 Liberation Festivities talent competition beginning at 6pm at the Garapan Fishing Base.
Gordon Marciano, 2015 Liberation Day entertainment committee chair, said a total of three categories and contestants for each category will vie for the $500 first place purse.
Categories include the 1 to 10 years old age group, the 11 to 20 years old group, and the 21 years old and above category. A consolation prize of $100 will go to the non-winners.
“So everybody’s a winner,” Marciano said.
This is only for the first week of the talent competition. Next Friday, July 24, it will be the hip-hop dance and rappers competition. On July 31 it will be the ballet, ballroom, Marianas contemporary art performance, and Polynesian intermediate talent competition. All these lead to the last Friday of the competition, which is the Battle of the Bands.
A total of $10,000 in prizes has been set aside for the talent competitions.
“The first string of competition is the solo competition and will feature performers of solo singers and instrumentalists,” Marciano said.
“There will be five judges for the solo competition and that is the first competition. Next Friday is hip-hop dance and rappers competition. However, winners won’t be announced,” Marciano said, because Friday is a full set and is in line with the end time of 11pm.
“We don’t want to hold back the kids and we can actually announce it on the following Friday,” Marciano said.
“Other reason is that it will take longer due to technical matters such as sound check and we want to treat it at a professional level and make sure that they are treated at a professional level,” he said.