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Click play above to watch the finals recap.

Five talented performers each sang 3 songs to a full house during the finals of Rock Star 2020.  In the end Sherri Scott from Earlville walked away with the $500 grand prize and $100 for finals fan favorite.  Ottawa's Savanna Rose Sondgeroth won $250 for second place, and Sarah Clarner from Ottawa got $150 for third.  Larry Kohr from LaSalle and Peru's Mickey Jordan completed the final's field.  

Mickey Jordan set the tone for a supportive, but competitive evening with a raucous version of Redneck Woman as each finalist sang a song from 2000-2009.

Round two was the freestyle.  Supplied with lyrics after the semi-finals, the singers each took their own approach to arranging and performing them. Sherri set hers to "Hit Me with Your Best Shot".  Sara used the song "I'm Yours".  Savannah picked a rap beat, while Mickey and Larry went a cappella.

The third time up was a song of choice and one final chance to score with the judges and win over the crowd.  Sherri earned everyone's "Respect."  Savanna nearly stole the show with "Just a Dream."  Larry rocked out to "Take Me Down."  Sarah "Put a Spell" on everyone and Mickey shared memories of her grandma on "Dancing in the Sky."

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Rock Star 2020 (l-r) 3rd place Sarah Clarner, runner-up Savannah Rose Sondgeroth and champion Sherri Scott. 

In addition to a highly competitive contest, the crowd enjoyed a special masked singer performance from 2018 Rock Star Serena Armstrong.  Serena also judged the finalists, all while dressed as Simba from The Lion King.  

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2020 Rock Star Sherri Scott with Audio Out Recording Studio's Jeff Grubich

Along with the cash, Sherri won the chance to record her very own 3 song EP from Audio Out Recording Studio in Peru! 

Thank you to our supremely talented singers, their family, friends and music fans, our judges and Don & Tara for the great sound.  Starved Rock Country's longest-running singing competition is brought to you Starved Rock Lodge, Euclid Beverage MillerCoors, 99.3 WAJK and 96.5 the Wolf.   

Scroll down for contest eligibility and rules.  Email questions to Spencer@StarvedRock.media or call 815-223-3100.

2020 Rock Star Official Contest Rules

Eligibility:

  • 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.

Disclaimer:

  • 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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