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Rock Star 2020 started its 4-week winter run Thursday, February 20th with a mother and daughter competing against each other, a rocking roaring 20's tribute and a masked singer named Ted.  Starved Rock Lodge welcomed 14 vocalists for Starved Rock Country's longest-running singing competition presented by 99.3 WAJK, 96.5 the Wolf, the lodge and Euclid Beverage.    

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Sherri Scott slayed with "Seven Nation Army"

First time Rock Star contestant Sherri Scott from Earlville let it all hang out with her roaring 20's take on Seven Nation Army to win the $100 prize for Fan Favorite.  She'll return next week along with Kathy Fogarty-Zens of Granville, Krissy Fogarty, Amber K and Larry Kohr from LaSalle, Morris' Amber Berg, Tanya Bappert, Sarah Clarner and Savanna Rose Sondgeroth of Ottawa, Peru's Mickey Jordan and Brittany Campbell from San Jose.  Each will perform a song that inspired them.  Tiffany Manion of Mendota, Chelsey Maunu from Peru and Brody Wedekind of Granville performed but did not advance.  Wren withdrew from the competition with an illness.  The event was hosted by the ever-energetic and entertaining Sean Walsh and featured a performance by masked singer Ted.  Watch for video coming soon and see if you can figure out which former Rock Star champ had the chops to take on Bohemian Rhapsody wearing a giant teddy bear head.  Before the night was over we had one final surprise for our contestants, in addition to the $500 cash grand prize, the Rock Star 2020 winner also wins their own 3 song EP from Audio Out Recording Studio in Peru!  Plan now to join us at 7 p.m. Thursday February 27 for week two.  

Each Thursday night February 20th through March 12th, Starved Rock Lodge's main dining room is transformed into a concert hall where some of the area's most talented vocalists will compete for $900 cash.  The top singers, as voted by a panel of judges and audience members, are invited to return, and each week the performances become more nuanced as the vocalists are challenged with special themes designed to encourage each to show their range.  Winning the popular audience vote each week comes with a $100 cash prize and the grand prize winner March 14th earns $500 and the title 2020 Rock Star.  Come out and support your favorite performer.  Starved Rock will have a limited dinner menu available too, so come hungry; and ask your server about drink specials featuring Euclid Beverage MillerCoors products.  Scroll down for contest eligibility and rules.  Email questions to or call 815-223-3100.

2020 Rock Star Official Contest Rules


  • Any legal United States resident age 21 or over is eligible to enter and win.
  • All performances must be individuals or duos--no groups.
  • Only the first 15 acts to sign up are guaranteed the opportunity to perform.  After the first 15 entries are received, additional entries will be placed on a waiting list in the order received, and may be given the opportunity to perform if another act is unable to perform 2/20/20.
  • Employees of LaSalle County Broadcasting Corp, Starved Rock Lodge and Euclid Beverage and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.

Performance Requirements:

  • Musical accompaniment must be prerecorded and each contestant is responsible for bringing their own music on CD or mp3,  as well as a backup. 
  • 99-3 WAJK /96.5 The Wolf and Starved Rock are not responsible for CD's or portable devices that will not play.
  • Lyrics must be memorized.  No video monitor will be provided.
  • Song selections are up to each contestant, but remember this is a family show.
  • No original compositions are allowed outside of the final freestyle round.
  • Some weeks of the competition will include a selection that fits a particular theme.
  • There is no rule prohibiting more than one contestant from singing the same song; however, you may want to rehearse and bring a backup song just in case.  
  • Contestants will not be allowed to rehearse or perform on stage ahead of their scheduled performance.

Competition Structure:

  • Competition will be held on four consecutive Thursdays 2/20, 2/27, 3/5 and 3/12/20.
  • All contestants must sign-in on their performance night between 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. and be ready to perform by 7:00 p.m.
  • Any contestant unable to perform for any reason will be eliminated from the competition forfeiting any and all rights to prizes.
  • Judges will rate each contestant on a scale of 1-10 for vocal quality, intonation, interpretation, stage presentation, appearance, and appropriateness of musical selection in relation to ability.
  • One official ballot will be given to each audience member 21 years of age and older after all singers have performed.
  • Top vote-getters, combining audience votes and judges scores, advance in the competition.
  • The top audience vote-getter each week, or "Fan Favorite", will receive $100.00 USD.
  • The grand prize $500.00 USD will be awarded to the contestant receiving the highest total of combined judges' scores and audience votes 3/12/20.
  • The grand prize winner also receives a 3 song demo recorded and mixed at Audio Out recording studios in Peru IL.  Maximum 3 hour recording time.  Certain other restrictions apply.  Total value of EP $500.00 USD.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.
  • In the event of a tie, the contestant receiving the least number of "10's" will be eliminated. Should no 10's be awarded, the next highest rating on a contestant's scorecard will be used to determine which contestant advances.


  • In no way does this represent a contract between 99.3 WAJK/96.5 The Wolf, Starved Rock Lodge, Euclid Beverage and our contestants, nor does it entitle contestant to any form of remuneration for their performance.
  • Contestant’s name, performance and/or likeness may be used promotionally by 99-3 WAJK/96.5 The Wolf , Starved Rock Lodge and Euclid Beverage.
  • Winners may be responsible for taxes.
  • There's no purchase necessary to enter or win. 

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