About Talent Quest
Talent Quest International Karaoke Championships is the longest running International Karaoke Singing competition on the planet. In 2021, we will celebrate our 20th anniversary season. Talent Quest was established in 2000 and had its first National Contest in 2001 in Laughlin, Nevada, USA. The tradition continues as our 20th Anniversary International Finals will be held at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino Laughlin.
Talent Quest provides both framework and rules for a series of singing competitions that are held in Bars, Festivals, State Fairs and Shopping Malls to name a few, which ultimately culminate in an annual event know as Talent Quest International Karaoke Contest. The progression of the competition starts at the local levels or Venues where contestants come to qualify in their areas in hopes of moving on to the next level in their region. If contestants are successful they will move on to the Regional Competition held in each State or Province or Country. At this level, all winning contestants from other local level contests in their area, come together to try and win their way out to the International contest. Each area holds their own Regional contest and in some of the more populous areas, they may have two Regional’s giving the contestants more opportunity to win their way to the International Finals.
The current categories for competition are: Male – Pop/Rock/R&B, Female – Pop/Rock/R&B, Male – Country, Female – Country, Male – Masters (50+) and Female – Masters (50+). Master’s Division is contingent on participants being 50 years of age and over. Talent Quest is presently open to contestants 21 years of age and over.
Contestants that are successful at winning their categories at the Regional Level then move on to the International Championship Level. Winners of each category at their Regional Venue Level receive Airfare/Transportation, Hotel Accommodations for the week and Entry into the International Finals.
The International Finals is a week long event. Contestants who qualified through the competition process check in on the Sunday before the contest to receive their packets and contestant numbers. The first two days comprise the first round of competition. All 3 Genre categories compete in the first two days. The next two days comprise the second round of competition, where all 3 genre categories compete again. Competition for these rounds begins at 10am and runs until 10pm every day. The Friday of the week is the Semi Finals Round. Based upon prior scores during the week that are accumulated scores from both rounds, an elimination is performed resulting in the Top 20 in each category, yielding 120 contestants that will compete on this day. Saturday morning the Top 10 contestant compete in the Semi-Finals to see who moves on to the Final Top 5.
Saturday Night is the International Championship Finals Round. Based upon prior scores that are accumulated during their first 4 rounds, an elimination is performed resulting in the Top 5 of each category for the International title in their category. Even though during the week the venue is in showroom condition, we set Saturday night up as a full major show production complete with MC’s and special guests. The Final show has been sold out over the past 7 years as guest from the Hotel and surrounding Hotels come to watch the show. Each category competes in their designated genre. Based upon scores from their previous 4 songs plus their Final song, the singer with the highest accumulative score in each category after the Final nights performance is crown the International Winner. The winners of each category win cash and prizes as well as 2nd through 5th place winners receiving cash and prizes.
In all, Talent Quest International Karaoke Contests awards approximately $250,000 annually in prizes and cash to our contestants throughout the contest season and finals. On the Final night, Talent Quest awards over $25,000 in cash and prizes to the top singers in each category.
The judging panel during the week and the finals may consist of Celebrity judges, nationally acclaimed song writers, National Recording artists and music representatives from recording and radio companies across the United States.