WALLS 102 Country Showdown

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Tim Gleason of Yorkville, is the winner of the WALLS 102 Country Showdown finals, held on the Veranda at Starved Rock Lodge Tuesday, July 15. Gleason just became a new father last Thursday when his son, Brennan, was born! After weeks of competition, Gleason, performed two original songs and played guitar before a standing-room-only crowd.

Haley Miller, of Ottawa, was the runner up in the Showdown. Everyone had to wait out a short rain delay before the judges brought their decision to the stage.

Gleason took home a $1,000 along with the title and now moves on to the next round of competition, which will be held at Starved Rock Lodge on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. The state finals have never before been held at Starved Rock Lodge.

"We couldn't pass up the chance when we were asked to host this event," said Andrea Yeruski, Lodge Food & Beverage Manager, "We think our competition is the best in the state, not only because of the quality of vocalists, but because of the unique and amazing setting overlooking Starved Rock and the Illinois River Valley." More details will be released about the state finals as they become available.

The 2014 WALLS 102 Country Showdown were held Tuesday night, July 15, at 7 p.m. at Starved Rock Lodge and Tim Gleason of Yorkville won $1,000 cash, and advances to the state competition on Thursday, Aug. 21, also at Starved Rock Lodge.

2014 Showdown Finalists were:
Tim Gleason (Yorkville) - Winner
Benny Davis (Ottawa)
Austin Fogle (Tonica, IL)
Bryan Jackson (Princeton, IL)
Against The Grain:  Kelsi Ryan (Granville, IL), Alan Augspols (Hennepin, IL) & Brandon Mennie (Peoria, IL)
Kayla Haines & Kyle Boyd (Seneca, IL)
Jake & Jennifer:  Jennifer Peterson (Utica, IL) & Jacob Washkowiak (LaSalle, IL)
Haley Miller (Ottawa, IL)
Chelsey Collings (LaSalle, IL)
Katy Severson (Spring Valley, IL)

NOTE – This does not reflect the order in which contestants will perform.

Official Rules Specific For The 2014 WALLS 102 Country Showdown at Starved Rock Lodge
  • Each contestant is required to perform in one preliminary round.  Scoring is based 75% on judges votes and 25% on audience votes. All scoring is final and the judges have the final say.
  • A “contestant” is one entry whether it is one individual or a group.
  • Random drawing will determine the preliminary date for each act.   However if there is a night that you know in advance you cannot compete, please note that date when you submit your entry and we will try to accommodate your schedule. Once your preliminary night is selected, moving to another date may not be possible.  
  • Two contestants each week will advance to the final round.
  • The Fan-Favorite performance will include every contestant that did not advance to the finals from Preliminary Rounds 1,2 and 3. Each contestanr will sing one song only. Two contestants will advance to the finals based 100 percent on audience votes. Judges will also be present making their selections for the Wild Card Round.
  •     The wildcard performance will consist of selected prior week performers who did not place in the top two of their night and thus did not advance to the finals. Those selected to perform on wildcard night will have a second chance to advance.  The top two finishers on wildcard night will advance to the final round.  Selections for the wildcard night are at the discretion of the judges.
  •     All contestants must sign-in with the WALLS 102 representative by 6:15 p.m. on their assigned performance date.
  •     Contestants must be prepared to perform two songs in the preliminary round.
  •     Music and lyrics must be memorized. No sheet music or words of any kind are allowed during the competition.
  •     CDs used as background music must be instrumental.  We understand finding karaoke tracks for certain songs with NO vocals at all can sometimes be difficult.   A CD with limited vocals during the chorus will be accepted, however judges may deduct points from your score for songs with excessive background vocals.
  •     All members of a group must be able to perform should the group advance to state or finals. If any member of the group is not able to perform or is replaced by someone else, by Texaco Showdown Rules, the act must be disqualified.
  • At the conclusion of the final night’s competition, one act will win the $1,000 cash prize from Starved Rock Lodge, and will advance to the state competition.

Official Rules for the Country Showdown and The 2014 WALLS 102 Country Showdown at Starved Rock Lodge.

1. ENTRY PROCEDURE: You must complete this form and return it to the sponsoring radio station with your registration fee before their deadline date.
3. DISPUTES: The sponsoring radio station is authorized to resolve all disputes at their Showdown. SPI is the sole authority in resolving all disputes at the state, regional
and national level competitions and to disqualify any contestant at any level of the contest for failure to comply with the rules and regulations including errors and omissions.
SPI’s decisions are final.
4. PERFORMANCE: The following applies to any Showdown contest:
a. Each act entered in the Showdown must perform only with the personnel listed on Sections 1 and 2 of the Entry Form. No personnel changes or substitutions will be
permitted once local competition has produced. Once an individual withdraws from an act at any level of the Showdown, he/she cannot perform at the next level.
b. Individuals may perform with only one act during any local Showdown.
c. A Radio Station may, at it’s discretion, provide a backup band for acts requiring instrumental support or allow contestants’ pre-recorded music.
d. No live “backup band” vocals are allowed. Neither the backup band nor any of its members is permitted to compete in the Showdown in which they are the backup band.
e. Each act must perform live, vocally and/or instrumentally. No special lighting, props or special effects may be used.
f. Any act with three or more individuals playing an instrument may not use the backup band or any part of the backup band, or pre-recorded music.
g. The amount of performance time given to each local Showdown contestant will be determined by the local radio station.
h. All performances must be done in good taste: no music or lyrics that the radio station or SPI considers to be offensive may be performed.
i. Age restrictions will be at the discretion of the radio station and/or its venue.
j. Contestants may perform their own music and receive extra bonus points from the judges. Music eligible for bonus points will be defined as any piece of music written or
co-written by the contestant (either individual or member of group). Any contestant (either individual or member of group) who claims to be using his own music may be
disqualified at any level of the contest at the discretion of SPI if a musical copyright for the music exists which does not name the contestant as author or co-author.
k. Acceptable documentation to prove ownership of your music shall include either a certificate of copyright, proof of song registration with BMI, ASCAP, etc., or a notarized copy
of the music.
l. Performances will be awarded 0-10 points in each of the following categories: 1) Marketability in country music; 2) Vocal/instrumental ability; 3) Originality; 4) Stage presence/
charisma; 5) Talent. An optional bonus of up to three points may be awarded for acts performing their own music.
m. In the event of a tie, the first tie-breaker shall be the highest number of points given in the Talent category. The second tie-breaker shall be the highest number of points
awarded in the Marketability category. The third tie-breaker shall be by secret vote of the judges based on overall performance style and impact.
5. LOCAL CONTEST PRIZES: The only official prize offered at the local Showdown level is the opportunity for the winner to advance to the state Showdown competition. Local Showdown contestants must pay their own expenses during the competition at the local, state and regional levels. In signing this Entry Form, the Showdown contestant acknowledges that neither SPI nor Country Showdown is responsible for any prizes promised or offered at the local Showdown contest level (except for the local Showdown winner’s chance to compete in the state Showdown competition).
a. The winner of the Local Showdown is eligible to compete in the State Showdown. Contestants may enter as many local competitions as they wish until winning. Local winners may reenter the contest at the Local level only after being eliminated at a State or Regional Final. They must complete a new Entry Form and pay the entry fee again when entering at another station. Each contestant will have seven minutes to perform at the State Showdown. No pre-recorded music, including loops, is allowed at a State, Regional, or National Final. The winner of each State Showdown will receive $1,000 and the opportunity to compete at one of the five Regional showdowns. Prizes won by minors will be awarded to a parent or legal guardian if requested.
b. There will be five Regional showdowns where State winners will compete for seven minutes to win an all expense paid trip to compete at the National Final. Contestants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who must execute releases of liability and publicity. National Final expenses paid by SPI are listed below. All other expenses not specified shall be the responsibility of the contestants.
1. Hotel accommodation (double occupancy).
2. Round-trip coach airfare on the airline designated by SPI from a continental USA airport closest to contestant’s home served by that airline.
3. Reasonable meal expenses.
c. The National Final will be held by January 31, 2014. The winner will receive $100,000. The winner or winner’s parent or legal guardian (if winner is a minor) must execute
an affidavit of eligibility within 30 days of the National Final. Failure to comply may result in forfeiture of the prizes. Prizes are non-transferable. Winners shall be solely
responsible for all taxes in connection with their prizes.
7. PROMOTIONAL AUTHORIZATION: By submitting an Entry Form, the act (and each individual member thereof) grants to SPI and ChevronTexaco the right to utilize the act’s (and
each individual member’s thereof) name, likeness, image, voice, appearance, and performance in perpetuity worldwide for advertising, trade or any other lawful promotional purposes
whatsoever, in any and all media now known or thereafter developed, without compensation. I/we also grant SPI and Country Showdown the right to broadcast, market, sell and
otherwise distribute my name, image, likeness, voice, appearance and performance, either in whole or in parts for commercial, non-commercial television, close-circuit exhibition, home video distribution, internet or any other purpose SPI and ChevronTexaco, in their sole discretion may determine. I/we hereby give all clearance, copyright or otherwise, for the use of my name, likeness, image, voice, appearance and performance embodied in my/our performance/stage presentation. If under 18 years of age, parent or guardian must sign the entry form.
8. ASSUMPTION OF RISK: By submitting this Entry Form, the act (and each individual member thereof) assumes all risks of property damage or bodily injury (including death) that might occur during the Local, State, Regional and national Showdown events. The act (and each individual member thereof) agrees not to bring against Country Showdown or other national sponsors any claim for property damage or bodily injury (including death) that might occur during Local, State, Regional, or national Showdown events.
9. GOOD CHARACTER: The act agrees that it may be disqualified immediately from any level of Showdown competition if the act (or any member thereof) commits any act or becomes involved in any situation that would adversely reflect on the Showdown or any party furnishing a prize, or tend to bring it or that party into public disrepute.
10. ELIGIBILITY: Submit any questions regarding eligibility to SPI.
a. I am/we are not an act with over seven individuals.
b. I/we have not performed on a record listed in Billboard, Radio and Records or the Gavin Report within eighteen months preceding local competition.
c. I/we have paid the $20.00 registration fee before performing live at the local Showdown.
d. I am/we are not part of the local backup band nor am I/are we related to any member of the local backup band by birth or marriage nor have I/we performed with the
local back-up band or any member of the local backup band for monetary compensation within the past year.
e. I am/we are not an owner, controlling stockholder or employee of and I am/we are not related by birth or marriage, nor do I/we live in the same household as the local Showdown judge, the radio station sponsoring the local Showdown contest, Country Showdown (or any national sponsor), SPI, or any employee, controlling stockholder, owner, officer or agent of any of the foregoing parties.
f. I/we have not already been declared a Local winner of a 2014 Country Showdown and eligible for State competition.
g. I/we have never been a National Winner, either as an individual or as part of a group of the 2009, 2010, or 2011 Country Showdown.

Official Rules of WALLS 102 contests

Employees and families of Studstill Media/The Radio Group (d/b/a/ Mendota Broadcasting, Inc. and Laco Radio, Inc.), contest sponsors, participating locations, and other radio stations are ineligible to win.  No purchase is necessary.

Studstill Media, all participating co-sponsor companies and their advertising and promotional agencies are released and shall be held harmless from any action or liability arising from any station contest or prizes awarded in any station contest. Winners shall be required to sign a release form and affidavit of eligibility to claim their prize. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of prize.

Winners consent to the use of their name, likeness, and all verbal and written communications with the station for publicity purposes.

All prizes are non-transferable and are not redeemable for cash. Studstill Media reserves the right to substitute a prize of similar value.

Winners are solely responsible for all applicable local, state and federal taxes. Winner may be issued a 1099 MISC federal tax form if in one calendar year the prize value of all prizes won in contests from Studstill Media and/or participating co-sponsors exceeds $600.00.

Studstill Media assumes no liability for situations, repairs, or incidents arising from any aspect of any prize awarded in any contest.

The following are specifically related to E-contests and entries on Studstill Media stations’ websites:
a) All appropriate information in required fields must be filled out or you will be disqualified.
c) Any problems with the internet or email are not the Studstill Media's’ responsibility

As a licensee of the FCC and a trustee of the public airwaves, Studstill Media reserves the right to interrupt and/or discontinue any contest or promotion (and not award the offered Prize) at the discretion of Studstill Media management if world events, the national mood, or Public safety so warrant. Studstill Media reserves the right to disqualify any winner if the contest rules have been violated in any way. Stations reserve the right to amend the rules to any contest at any time. All decisions of Studstill Media are final. A copy of these rules is available during business hours at Studstill Media studios, 3905 Progress Blvd. Peru, IL 61354.

Must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of Illinois to participate and must show legal ID to claim the prize. No purchase is necessary.

By accepting the prize, the winners agree to hold harmless Studstill Media; its employees; all participating co-sponsor companies and their advertising and promotional agencies from any action or liability arising from this contest or from the prizes awarded.  The prize is awarded by the participating businesses. Studstill Media is not responsible in the event that the business is unable to award the prize for any reason.