Best Practices

Best Practices for Bill Riley Talent Search Contestants

Thank you for participating in the Bill Riley Talent Search! We want you to have a positive experience at our local shows and here are some tips to help you have the best performance possible. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us.

  1. Read the rules. Make yourself familiar with both the contestant and coordinator rules. 
  2. Register early and confirm your registration with the local show coordinator. 
  3. If using prerecorded music bring a CD and also a backup (either another CD, iPod, mp3 player or flash drive) 
  4. There should only be one track of music on the CD, flashdrive, etc. 
  5. If using a CD please burn it at the slowest speed, that helps to prevent problems playing in different types of CD players. Label your music clearly with your name and song. 
  6. “Like” the Bill Riley Talent Show page. We post lots of information that can be beneficial to you.

Best Practices for Bill Riley Talent Search Coordinators

Thank you for coordinating a local Bill Riley Talent Show! We appreciate the time you volunteer for our program and we want you to have the best show possible. We’ve put together some best practices for you - some are things we’ve learned by hosting our own shows and others are helpful hints from coordinators. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us.

  1. Read the rules. Make yourself familiar with both the coordinator and contestant rules.
  2. Use the forms provided. Whether it is the show application, registration form, judging forms or results form, please use them. We ask for the information on those forms for a reason - when it is not provided it causes delays in adding your show to the show list and scheduling your performers at the Iowa State Fair.
  3. Do not change the BRTS logo. Hy-Vee is our statewide presenting sponsor and our logo should reflect that at all times.
  4. Create an email address just for your show and use it as your contact email on the show application. Then all BRTS emails and emails from performers will go to one designated email.
  5. Coordinators MUST provide an email address and phone number on the show application.
  6. If you compensate your judges pay them equally, not by mileage.
  7. Confirm by email or phone with your performers that they are registered for your show and plan on being there.
  8. Get help. There is a lot happening during a show and it is helpful to have someone there to move a piano/keyboard on and off stage, keep performers in order, etc.
  9. Sprouts should compete first, then seniors. Do not mix the two divisions. That can be intimidating for young sprouts to have to compete after a senior, even if they are not competing against each other.
  10. When you name the winners of your show use this verbage to see if anyone is already prequalified: “Have you already qualified to perform in the Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair?
  11. DO NOT provide scores to contestants. They should only receive comments from judges.
  12. “Like” the Bill Riley Talent Search Facebook page. We post lots of information there that can be beneficial to you and your show.