As an answer to the long-running reality show America’s Got Talent, MD Productions has announced plans to launch the inaugural Cleveland’s Got Talent.
The event kicks off with an audition that takes place on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Crocker Park in Westlake. There will be live judges and prizes, and spectators are encouraged to cheer on the contestants and be the live audience.
"The idea for this project sort of just evolved over time, coming from part frustration and part inspiration," says MD Productions CEO Melissa Dagger in a press release. "The frustration of being a former artist before all of these live talent competitions (such as American Idol and The Voice) came out, when finding ways to have your music 'discovered' was very tough and limited to the top 2-3% in the industry. I feel like these reality live talent shows have given artists hope again, but it is limited to a very select few who will make it to the final rounds out of literally thousands of contestants. So, I thought, what if we could take this idea and make it available to our hometowns, to give local artists not just more of a chance to win, but also follow it up with opportunities to build their local following, to play at local venues, with some artists perhaps even being discovered on a larger scale?"
The auditions will be held in the Marketplace Square's brand new 13,000 sq. ft. building. Judges will select the top three talents in the following categories: Solo Musician, Bands, and Dancers. If the kickoff event is successful, Daggett hopes to make this a regular event. All winners will receive their choice in making a professional music video or recording a demo CD.
"I want to change the game of 'Starving Artists' to 'Thriving Artists' and I want to start right here in my own backyard," says Daggett. "Cleveland doesn't just have athletic talent, we have artistic talent and it's time to let them shine and show the world that Cleveland's Got Talent!"