Italian Idol Contest


For the 10th straight year, the St. Philip Neri Italian Festival will feature an Italian Idol Talent Contest.  This talent competition is open to singers, instrumentalists, bands, and dancers from the local area in any genre of any age.  The competition will commence at 11:30 am on Saturday, May 20, 2017 during the 22nd Annual Italian Festival. The performances will take place on the Outdoor Stage.  Get seated early to cheer for your favorite contestants – it is always a suspenseful, thrilling competition.  Good luck to all of our talented competitors!!  Download additional information via the link below:


→Italian Idol Flyer


Divisions and Prizes

There are two divisions in the competition.  The competition is judged by local professionals from the entertainment industry.


  Adult Division (Ages 13 and Older)

  1st Prize: $200

  2nd Prize: $150

  3rd Prize:  $100


 Junior Division (Ages 7 to 12)

1st Prize: $100

2nd Prize:  $75

3rd Prize:  $50


Contest Registration

For your audition, you must perform the selection that you will perform at the actual competition in its entirety. Contestants chosen to perform will be notified by May 4, 2017.   There are two ways to audition this year:


In Person


You may audition in person on either Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6 pm to 8 pm or Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9 am to 12 pm in the Parish Center at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church.  Registration is required for auditions.  Register online via the link below:


→Italian Idol  Online Registration


By Audition Clip


You may submit an Audition Clip, the Registration form, and the Competition Rules and Release form by Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 10 am in either of the ways listed below:


By email via a link of the Audition Clip (You Tube, Vimeo, etc.), along with a scanned copy of your completed Registration form and a scanned signed copy of your Competition Rules and Release form. Please email to


By mail via a DVD of the Audition Clip, along with a copy of your completed Registration form and a signed copy of the Competition Rules and Release form.  Please mail to Jennifer Miranda, 3720 Planters Watch Drive, Charlotte, NC 28278


Your clip will not be evaluated without a completed Registration form and signed Competition Rules and Release form.  Once your audition clip and forms have been received you will receive a confirmation via email.


To download the Registration form and Competition Rules and Release form, please select the links below:


→Italian Idol Contest: Paper Registration Form

→Italian Idol Contest: Competition Rules and Release Form


Contest Judges

As always, the contest will be judged by seasoned professionals that come from the world of entertainment. Each individual is eminently qualified for the job of choosing the acts with the best potential. It’s a daunting task, given the level of competition!  The judges for the 2017 contest include:


Roger Cullis of Cullis Entertainment

Founder/President of Cullis Entertainment ~ Music and Video Producer

Creator of TV shows

Grammy-voting member of NARAS ~ Three-time winner of Charlotte Music Award

Co-Founder of Carolina Entertainment Network

Former guitarist with Stryder, Yellow Nelson & Redemption Theory

For additional information, please visit:


Anita Sayago

Co-Founder of EDANA Entertainment

Publicist, Promoter, Marketer

Expertise in all facets of entertainment industry

 Significant relationships with agents, managers, producers and record companies

Helps musicians and artists in all stages of development to reach immediate and long term goals

For additional information, please visit:


Jay Taylor

Disc Jockey for 91.7 WSGE Radio

Afternoon Host & Production Manager

27 Years Experience in Broadcasting (On-Air Radio, Sales & Management)

Advocate for Homeless



The Italian Idol Contest is made possible by many volunteers, for which we are extremely grateful. Special thanks are extended to the following individuals:

Chairperson: Roberta Whitaker

Auditions: Jennifer Miranda, Laura Faith Fortner and Tess Limoggio

Director: Jennifer Miranda

Producer: Melissa Inzerillo

Program: Jayne Adams

Sound Volunteers: Special thanks to Tom Donnelly, John Patyk and all of our outside volunteers.


Contact: Roberta Whitaker  |  803.370.0600  |

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