Calling all Baby Boomers looking to become America’s next big singing sensation: AARP is launching a national search to make one lucky person’s dream a reality while showing that talent is ageless. Powered by American Idol® Live!, AARP’s Boomer Superstar contest is open to anyone born between 1946 and 1964 and gives Boomers the chance to compete for a $5,000 prize and an audition with music label 19 Recordings.
The Boomer Superstar contest is part of AARP’s year-long Boomers@50+ initiative which celebrates the last of the Baby Boomers turning 50 in 2014.
We are thrilled to be teaming up with American Idol® Live! to find talent and to show that dreams have no expiration date and there is a real possibility of reaching your goals later in life,” said Myrna Blyth, editorial director, AARP.
AARP is also sponsoring the 41-city American Idol® Live! tour, which kicks off on Tuesday, June 24th in Binghamton, NY, at the Broome County Arena.
Contestants can submit video entries online and on AARP’s Facebook page through July 11th. From there, a panel of judges will narrow the field to the top 30 semi-finalists. The general public will help to determine the top eight finalists via online voting from July 15 – August 11. Voting is open to all AARP.org registered users, and each voter age 45+ (limit 1 vote per day) will be entered for a chance to win a $3,000 sweepstakes*.
Finalists will be flown to San Diego to compete in a live singing competition. On September 5th at AARP’s “Ideas@50” national event, the top five contestants will perform in front of a live audience of AARP members and a celebrity panel of judges, which include 19-time Grammy Award winning musician and producer Emilio Estefan and Grammy Award-winning R&B/jazz vocalist Patti Austin.
American Idol® Live! concert attendees will be able to get additional information about AARP’s Real Possibilities initiatives, as well as the Boomer Superstar contest. AARP kiosks will be located in the concert venue at up to 21 tour stops.
*Complete contest information, rules and regulations can be found online at http://aarpcontest.votigo.com/aarpcontestwww.aarp.org/boomersuperstar.