Gila Idol 2023

The Preliminaries


Thursday, Jan 26, 2023
Double R Grill
Safford Golf Course

6:30 p.m.
Judges
2006 Finalist Cindy Anaya
2008 Winner Adam Crohn
2017 Darryn Kamae

Performers
2006 finalist Cindy Anaya
2016 Winner Brianna Morris
Contestants
(performance order subject to change)
Lena Clark
Kiley Despain
Cheyenne Clark
Jayde Nielson
Izaiah Montanogo
Rebecca Reynolds
Carrie Singleton
Raban Lindsay
Skai Wahl
Christopher Bernal
Reid Cox
Marlee Redford
Kellen Paul
Kirana Reed

Thursday, Feb 2, 2023
The Venue
430 W Main St, Safford

6:30 p.m.
Judges
2008 Winner Adam Crohn
2016 Winner Brianna Morris
2018 Winner Pete McCormick

Performers
2008 Winner Adam Crohn
TBA
Contestants
(performance order subject to change)
Madi Partridge
Brianna Richins
Becky Clark
Natawni Layton
Tanner Johnson
Cheyenne Murray
Payton Raban
Kerry Upton
Hunter Chamberlin
Tynesia Little
Elijah
Rachel Flatt

Thursday, Feb 9, 2023
Safford Bowl

6:30 p.m.
Judges
TBA

Performers
TBA
Contestants
TBA

Thursday, Feb 16, 2023
One AZ
Main Street, Safford

6:30 p.m.
Judges
TBA

Performers
TBA
Contestants
TBA

Thursday, Feb 23, 2023
The Morenci Club
Morenci

6:30 p.m.
Judges
TBA

Performers
TBA
Contestants
TBA

Manor 415
Thursday, March 2
415 E US Hwy 70, Safford

6:30 p.m.
Judges
TBA

Performers
TBA
Contestants
TBA

Thursday, March 9, 2023
Callback night
Chamber of Commerce

6:30 p.m.
Judges
TBA

Performers
TBA
Contestants
TBA
Final Show
March 23, 2023
Center for the Arts
7:00 p.m.
Judges
TBA

Performers
TBA
Contestants
TBA

Register to compete:

    RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS

    In order to compete, you must sign a form that gives us permission to use photos and audio/video recordings of you in any way we want. This includes playing them on the radio, Valley Vision TV screens and posting online (to our web site, YouTube, etc.). And remember, the internet is forever.

    What happens at the preliminaries?
    Contestants at the preliminaries will sing one song of their choosing in front of the judges, other contestants and the audience.

    • Your song will be sung a cappella (without any instruments, backup music, etc.) Just you and a microphone!
    • Your song should be memorized. If you’re busy worrying about the words, you can’t concentrate on the performance.
    • Try to limit yourself to 60 – 90 seconds. One verse and a chorus should be more than enough for the judges to tell what your talents are.
    • Song choice: We strongly suggest that you choose a song with which the judges are most likely familiar.
    • Look the part: Dressing up is not required but is appreciated. It is an excellent way to show the judges that this event was worth the effort to you! Look your best; sound your best.
    • The judges will critique your performance right after you finish. When all the contestants have sung, the judges will make a decision about who and how many will go on to the finals. Guaranteed winners every night!
    • Judges will select 3 finalists from each preliminary to compete in the final competition.
    • One or more contestants at each preliminary will be selected to compete in the callback night. One contestant will be selected at callback night to compete in the final.
    • The judges may pick any number of alternates at each preliminary. After all the preliminaries are over, you will vote for your favorite alternate right here on GilaValleyCentral.net, and the winner will also compete in the finals.

    What happens at the finals?
    Contestants who qualify in the preliminaries will compete in the finals, which will be held at the David M. Player Center for the Arts on March 24, 2022.

    • Finals contestants will sing with a backup track of their choosing.
    • There will be one practice event a few days prior to the finals so contestants can familiarize themselves with the stage and the sound system.
    • Cash and other prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners.
    • The winners may also be invited to perform at other events sponsored by Double R Communications throughout the following year.
    • In the event that a qualifying contestant is not able to compete in the finals, an alternate from the preliminaries may be selected to fill the spot.
    • The decision of the judges is final!