Paulding's Next Star 2018

Post Date: June 20, 2018 Categories: Contest, Events, Fundraiser,

2nd Annual Paulding's Next Star

Next Star 2018


Paulding’s Next Star (PNS) is back and we’re ready to discover the next local star! Students and adults, ages 13+, are eligible to enter PNS by submitting a 60-second video showcasing their singing ability through one of two competing categories, Scholastic Performer or Emerging Professional. The contestant from each category with the most popular votes through “likes” on Facebook will join 10 contestants determined by PNS staff and judges, and will advance to the final round, performing before a live audience on Sept. 15, 2018. The audience will have the opportunity to vote on the top three performers of the evening, ultimately selecting Paulding’s Next Star!

Also, new this year, former PNS judge Erica Hoffman, singer, songwriter and vocal coach at Jan Smith Studios, will return in a mentoring capacity. She will offer a special training session to the top 12 final contestants, in addition to one-on-one coaching prior to the live performance. We are excited to see how these new additions will enhance the overall experience for each contestant. The proceeds of PNS benefit the Paulding County School District.

See rules and regulations for eligibility.

This year's timeline:
(Contestant dates in September are mandatory)
August 1 – 24, 2018 Auditions open for each category, ages 13+
August 25 – 30 Facebook voting to determine popular vote for each category
August 31 Top twelve winners announced
September 3 – 8 Contestant video appointments (time TBA)
Contestant training session with vocal coach (time TBA)
September 14 Dress Rehearsal (assigned times will start at 3:30 p.m.)
September 15 Paulding's Next Star live performance! (Paulding Co. High School)

Entry/Processing Fee:
$30 fee paid through Eventbrite
Once payment received, registration link will be emailed to contestant for video submission.
Entry fee is non-refundable.

Competing Categories:
Category selection must be made at the time of entry submission and will be subject to

Scholastic Performer
STUDENT ONLY CATEGORY: Students that may be seeking to attend a post-secondary education at a technical or university school within the next five years, may wish to enter through this category with a combined grand prize of $[TBD] at one of several post-secondary schools. Previous awards ranged from cash and prizes to scholarships with a total value of over $500.

Emerging Professional Performer
Students or adults not interested in a collegiate scholarship may wish to compete in this category with a grand prize of $500. It is important to note that students will be competing against adults in this category.

Rules and Regulations.pdf

Eventbrite Ticket Purchase


Promotional Video

Paulding's Next Star 2017

Congratulations, Morgan Dudley is 2017 Paulding's Next Star !
Our first runner-up was Sasha Hurtado with second runner-up Andrew Weaver! Paulding Education Foundation would like to extend a heartfelt round of applause and sincerely thank everyone who participated or contributed to our first annual Paulding's Next Star.
View Last Year's Finale

A Special Thanks to our Contributors

The Paulding Education Foundation would like to thank GA Power for their $2,000 contribution on January 12, 2016

The Paulding Education Foundation would like to thank Hardy Automotive Group for the presenting sponsorship of the 3rd Annual Casino Royal February 27, 2016.

The Paulding Education Foundation would like to congratulate the students who were awarded the 2015 Foundation Scholarships.