Huntsville Superstar registration deadline approaching

Ally White performs during a past Huntsville Superstore competition at Old Town Theatre.

The preeminent East Texas talent show is returning to Huntsville for its 12th season. 

Huntsville Superstar is searching for the next big thing in music, with auditions set for July 20 at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Theater.

“It is interesting to note that much of our talent has received the attention of producers for American Idol and America’s Got Talent – which goes to show the caliber of singers we have participating in this competition,” director Paul Shiver said.

The 12th annual competition will feature three months of live competitive performances and eliminations to narrow down the search for the next superstar. Contestants will compete for a $2,500 cash prize as well as the opportunity to earn a recording contract.

“One new thing coming to the competition this year is the immunity challenge,” Shiver added. “During the months between the shows, the community will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite contestant every day, and the person with the most votes is immune from elimination for that show.”

Patrick Canfield, 2010 champion R.L. Bell and Lacy Wilkinson will serve as the judges for the competition. The audience will also vote on their favorite competitor during the shows.

“We have seen this competition grow in notoriety and increase in the caliber of the competitors each year,” Shiver said. “ We have competitors from all over East Texas, but also throughout the entire state and even other states. We even have a second generation competitor this year.”

Round one of the competition is set for August 17, with the second round on Sept. 21 and the finals on Oct. 19. All shows will begin at 7 p.m.

“There is really nothing like performing on a big stage with the spotlight on you,” Shiver added. “This may be the only time competitors get the chance, and we want it to be as memorable as possible.”

Entry fees cost $35 until July 13, and will be $40 after that. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for children under the age of 12, senior citizens and students with a valid college or university ID.

To register for the competition or purchase tickets, visit

“This competition would not be possible without the help of our sponsors,” Shiver said. “We have all kinds of businesses backing us, which goes to show you how important this event is in Huntsville.”