The tristate's premiere talent contest, The Battle for the Big O, returns THIS Saturday.  We are holding our first audition of the season at the International Bar-B-Q Festival in downtown Owensboro.  It's going to be an amazing day and it gives YOU the chance to perform at the Bar-B-Q Fest AND get a shot at winning $1,000 and opening the 2017 Big O Music Fest at Reid's Orchard, July 8th.

The grand prize for the Battle for The Big O is  $1,000 and the right to open the 2017 Big O Music Festival starring Cole Swindell, Colt Ford, Craig Campbell, Tucker Beathard, Dylan Scott and more.  The four audition dates for this year's competition are set and we are convinced this is going to be our most exciting audition season ever!  Here are the audition sites and the complete rules of the contest.


Presented by Henderson Chevrolet Buick GMC

Official Contest Rules

#1- Contestants must be 13 years of age by July 8th, 2017. 

 #2-  To be eligible for THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O . . . presented by Henderson Chevrolet Buick GMC…participants MUST audition at one of several pre-determined open-call audition sites, located throughout the WBKR listening area.  Auditions will be held in the months of May and June of 2017 at the following locations on the following dates . . .

Saturday, May 13th- International Bar-B-Q Festival- Owensboro- 11am

Thursday, May 25th- Fetta Specialty Pizza- Owensboro - 6pm

Saturday, June 10th- Regional Farmer's Market - Triplett Street Owensboro- 10am

Friday, June 16th- Beaver Dam - 6pm


#3-  To audition, participants must register at their chosen audition site or sites before the stated audition time.  Registrations open one hour prior to start of auditions.  Participants must also provide own accompaniment . . . whether it be instrumental CD track, guitar or keyboard.  CD tracks must ONLY contain BACKGROUND vocals.  Participants determined to be singing along with a lead vocal will be disqualified from the audition process.  Keyboards should have built-in speakers (or other external sound source) in the event patching is not an option.

#4-  A panel of THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O judges will choose a finalist (or finalists) from each BATTLE FOR THE BIG O audition location.  Any remaining finalists will be designated as “wild card” entries and may/will be selected from the entire pool of hopefuls.  Selections of BATTLE FOR THE BIG O finalists are final and indisputable and the actual number of finalists will be ultimately determined by the success of the audition process and the viability of the contestants involved.

#5- Since judges MAY vary at each BATTLE FOR THE BIG O audition location, would-be participants CAN audition at multiple audition locations if they so choose and are encouraged to do so. 

#6- THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O is open to solo acts, duos, small ensembles and bands.  However, due to space/sound restrictions imposed by BIG O MUSIC FESTIVAL, any band participating MUST perform in an ACOUSTIC manner both during auditions and THE BIG O MUSIC FEST (in the event a band indeed wins).  Amps are PROHIBITED.  Drum sets are PROHIBITED, though a single snare, bongo or beat box is allowed.  THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THESE RULES in either the audition or finale process. Failure to adhere to this rule could result in immediate disqualification from the contest.   

#7- The BATTLE FOR THE BIG O finale is 7pm, Saturday, June 24th at DIAMOND LAKE THEATRE at 7301 Hobbs Road, Owensboro, KY.  Tickets for the finale event will go on sale following the culmination of the audition process and the announcement of BATTLE finalists- approximately Monday, June 19th, 2017. Tickets are $10 per person and will be available for purchase at, the WBKR studios and Diamond Lake Campground and Resort.

#8-   THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O finalists MUST participate in the finale event to be eligible for grand prize consideration.

 #9-  At THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O finale event, finalists will prepare TWO, but perform ONE song before a panel of industry professionals in the first round.  Our judges will provide live performance feedback and then select five acts to perform a second song.  After the second round, judges will choose the grand prize winner.  That decision is final and indisputable. 

 #10- The winner of THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O will win $1000 and officially open THE BIG O MUSIC FEST, Saturday, July 8th at Reid’s Orchard in Owensboro.  The champion(s) will prepare a three to four song set of covers, originals or combination of both (maximum performance time will be 15-20 minutes).  Any sound requirements by the champion and those participating in the performance MUST be cleared by WBKR personnel, who will then get clearance from the organizers of THE BIG O MUSIC FEST. 

#11-  The champion of THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O must also get pre-approval of his/her/their set list to ensure that it does not conflict with the song list of another act on the schedule.  Covers by the following artists are prohibited:  Cole Swindell, Colt Ford, Tucker Beathard, Dylan Scott, Moon Taxi, Craig Campbell, or Muscadine Bloodline.

#12-  In addition to appearing on stage at THE BIG O MUSIC FEST, the champion of THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O is invited to appear live in the WBKR studios in advance of June 24th.  While the invitation to appear is optional, it is encouraged as it presents an excellent opportunity for additional media exposure.

#13-  The Country Station, 92.5 WBKR and the organizers of THE BIG O MUSIC FEST reserve the right to change any of the above rules or prizes without notice before and/or during the contest.  Decisions of the WBKR staff and its partners are final and cannot be disputed.

#14-  Owners, employees, servants or agents of WBKR and THE BIG O MUSIC FEST and other sponsors or relatives or family members of such owners, officers, directors, employees, servants or agents are NOT eligible to participate in

THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O.  However, finalists of past WBKR-sponsored talent contests such as “Willie-Oke” and “Goldie’s Survivor” MAY participate in our newest talent search.  Past winners of the THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O are prohibited from entering again, but past finalists ARE eligible to re-audition!

In consideration of the forgoing and for valuable consideration, I hereby forever release and discharge Townsquare Media, Henderson Chevy Buick GMC, and The Big O Music Fest, their officers, directors, and any employees from any claim, loss, or damage caused by or arising out of my participation in the aforementioned contest, or related to the prize itself, or its use and/or operation by myself and/or my guests.  Townsquare Media, Henderson Chevy Buick GMC, and The Big O Music Fest have completely fulfilled their obligation to me as a potential prize winner   I acknowledge that I am not, nor is anyone in my immediate family eligible to win any prize(s) on this radio station for 30 days.  I further acknowledge that I am responsible for all local, state, and federal taxes and license fees arising out of my participation in this contest and I will receive IRS Form 1099 within 31 days from the end of the calendar year should the value of the total prize consideration exceed $600.00 (Six Hundred Dollars and no cents).


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By signing this document, I hereby declare that I have read, understand and agree to comply with the above rules and regulations for THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O presented by Henderson Chevrolet Buick GM.  I hereby release any photos/video/audio of myself to WBKR/Big O Music Fest during this process to use for promotional purposes. I also declare I own the rights to any original music I perform during the audition process and during the Big O Music Fest, if the winner of this contest.





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