VEGAS -- Starting in November 2003, the Imperial
Palace has been providing opportunities for performers
looking to get their foot in the door with an award-winning
Las Vegas show.
monthly winner in the hotel's "Be A Legend"
Amateur Celebrity Impersonator Karaoke Contest receives
an audition for the 20-year celebrity tribute show "Legends
In Concert" and $500 in cash.
from across the country have come to the hotel's Strip-front
nightclub, Tequila Joe's, to try their hand at becoming
a Legend. Past winners include California resident Lois
Minato as Whitney Houston, Las Vegas' Gina Michel as Shania
Twain and Sheila Wright, of Las Vegas, as Liza Minnelli.
contest, which is free to enter, is the only opportunity
for an amateur performer to skip the red tape and move
directly to the audition phase with On Stage Entertainment,
producers of "Legends In Concert."
"Be A Legend" contest is open to all performers
who have not had a contract as a celebrity impersonator
in the past 12 months. Contestants are required to perform
in full costume as the character they are representing
and prepare two songs from that performer. Songs are limited
to four minutes or less.
judges from the Las Vegas entertainment industry score
each contestant on seven categories ranging from voice
to performance to character marketability and ultimately
award one lucky contestant a shot at their dreams.
prizes in the monthly contest include $250 for second
place and $100 for third place. Fourth and fifth place
finishers receive two tickets to Legends In Concert.
Palace is home to the celebrity impersonators, having
hosted Legends In Concert for 20 years and recently adding
a Las Vegas first with its Legends Pit, where celebrity
look-a-likes called Dealertainers entertain visitors while
more information or to enter the contest, call the advertising
office at 702-794-3114, or visit the hotel's Web site