NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--KIDZ BOP, the #1 kids’ music brand in the U.S., has partnered with RCA Records and Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company, to launch the 2013 KIDZ Star USA Talent Search. The premier national talent competition for kids and teens ages 15 and under is hosted on KIDZ BOP’s leading safe social networking and video sharing website, KIDZBOP.com. Beginning today, aspiring young singers can enter for their chance to win an RCA Records recording contract online and in person. Now through August 30, kids can upload a :90 second performance video to KIDZBOP.com. For the first time ever, kids can also audition live at select Six Flags Theme Parks. The Official KIDZ Star Live Audition Tour kicks off at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ on June 22. The Tour then travels to nine other Six Flags Theme Parks throughout the summer, wrapping up on August 18 at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA. Auditions and activities are free with paid park admission. This year, KIDZ BOP has also partnered with the popular teen media outlet, M Magazine, to showcase a weekly KIDZ Star feature highlighting the best audition videos of the week.
KIDZ Star fans can view contestants’ audition videos and progress on KIDZBOP.com, where they’ll be able to interact with their favorites, vote, and rally support to help determine who will make it to the final rounds. Four finalists will be flown to Hollywood to compete on stage at a special Six Flags Magic Mountain finale event on September 28 to help determine who will be crowned the next KIDZ Star. The 2013 KIDZ Star USA winner will be announced in October.
Last year, nearly 50,000 kids entered the competition. The 2012 KIDZ Star USA Grand Prize Winner and RCA Records recording artist, Dallas Wayde, is currently in the studio recording new music. Kiana Brown, the 2011 Winner and RCA Records recording artist, is currently touring with the KIDZ BOP Kids. Her latest single, "HEY CHICA," will appear on the upcoming Smurf's 2 soundtrack.
Cliff Chenfeld, KIDZ BOP Co-Founder said, “KIDZ Star has helped discover very talented young performers since its launch and is the only competition that gives ANY kid 15 and under the chance to shine. We are thrilled to work with Six Flags Entertainment and look forward to giving thousands of kids the opportunity to audition in person. We believe our continued relationship with RCA Records and the additional live platform will make the 2013 competition the biggest and best one yet.
Tom Corson, President and COO, RCA Records, adds "We are thrilled to work once again with KIDZ BOP on the successful KIDZ Star USA contest series. We enjoyed the experience working on the last two seasons and are truly excited about the discovery of both Kiana Brown, 2011's winner and Dallas Wayde, 2012’s winner."
KIDZ Star USA 2013 Six Flags Live Audition Tour Schedule:
|Six Flags Great Adventure||Jackson, NJ||6/22 - 6/23|
|Six Flags New England||Agawam, MA||6/29 - 6/30|
|Six Flags America||Upper Marlboro, MD||7/06 - 7/07|
|Six Flags Fiesta Texas||San Antonio, TX||7/13 - 7/14|
|Six Flags Over Georgia||Austell, GA||7/13 - 7/14|
|Six Flags Over Texas||Arlington, TX||7/20 - 7/21|
|Six Flags Great America||Gurnee, IL||7/27 - 7/28|
|Six Flags St. Louis||Eureka, MO||8/03 - 8/04|
|Six Flags Discovery Kingdom||Vallejo, CA||8/10 - 8/11|
|Six Flags Magic Mountain||Valencia, CA||8/17 - 8/18|
For more information on The Official KIDZ Star Live Audition Tour at Six Flags Theme Parks, visit: www.sixflags.com/kidzbop
About KIDZ BOP LLC
KIDZ BOP is the #1 music brand for kids ages 5-12 in the U.S., featuring today’s most popular songs, sung by kids for kids. KIDZ BOP celebrates the authentic voice of kids across the entire brand—through music, videos, live appearances, licensed merchandise and its leading safe social networking and content sharing website, KIDZBOP.com. KIDZ BOP CD titles have earned one Platinum® and nine Gold® certifications since their debut in 2001. KIDZ BOP’s last release, KIDZ BOP 23 debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Check out KIDZ BOP’s radio show, KIDZ BOP Block Party!, a two-hour weekly radio show on Kids Place Live, every Friday at 6PM EST.
About RCA Records
RCA Records is a Division of Sony Music Entertainment. RCA includes a diverse roster of internationally renowned artists representing all genres of music including Justin Timberlake, P!nk, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Foo Fighters, Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Kings Of Leon, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews Band, Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Ke$ha, R. Kelly, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, D'Angelo, Fantasia, Monica, Buddy Guy, Brandy, The Strokes, Daughtry, Three Days Grace, Dido, Tool, Santana, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, and Whitney Houston, among others; critically acclaimed and chart topping artists including Miguel, Ray LaMontagne, Anthony Hamilton, Jimmy Eat World, Marsha Ambrosius, Adam Lambert, Mike Posner, Gavin DeGraw, Hot Chelle Rae, Cage The Elephant and Jordin Sparks; burgeoning artists A$AP Rocky, Mikky Ekko, Walk The Moon, Elle Varner, Tom Odell, Becky G., Sammy Adams, 2AM Club, Elle King, K. Flay, Jacob Latimore and many more.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.1 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For more than 50 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest® and Holiday in the Park®. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.