Operation Rising Star offers trip to Hollywood for military vocalist

| August 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Tim Hipps
Installation Management Command Public Affairs



SAN ANTONIO — Local competitions for the 2011 Operation Rising Star singing contest began last week at 37 Army installations and depots around the world, including Army Hawaii.

The competition, similar to the popular television show “American Idol” and televised on the Pentagon Channel, is open to Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons from all branches of the U.S. military, including family members 18 and older.

The grand prize winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Los Angeles to record a three-song demo compact disc. The trip includes airfare, lodging, $1,000 spending money, and three days and nights of studio time with the support of top-rated musicians and recording technicians.

The professional studio time includes musicians, music arrangement, mixing and mastering, a vocal coach, an audio engineer and a CD producer. The approximate retail value of the prize package is $18,700.

Performers must first win their local Operation Rising Star event, then get selected through video auditions for a spot in the 12-contestant finals in San Antonio.

One singer will be crowned the 2011 Rising Star at the conclusion of a week of live competition.
Winners of events at the installation level receive $500 for a first-place finish, $250 for second and $100 for third.

Audience members at each local competition can win prizes, too, thanks in part to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the presenting sponsor of the 2011 Operation Rising Star event. Locally, a $300 Spirit Award will be awarded to the military unit or family readiness group that provides the most support to a singer during the competitions’ final night.

Operation Rising Star

  • Schofield Barracks will hold its final round, 6 p.m., Aug. 19, at the Tropics Recreation Center.
  • Support your favorite singer at this yearly singing competition.
  • Family readiness groups and units can win $300 in unit funds for showing the most spirit. Call 655-5698.
  • The finals are judged by a panel of celebrity judges, and the winner is ultimately determined through online voting at www.OpRisingStar.com.


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