Italian Idol Contest

For the ninth straight year, the St. Philip Neri Italian Festival will feature an Italian Idol Talent Contest. This talent competition is open to singers, instrumentalists, bands, and dancers from the local area in any genre of any age.  The competition will commence at 11:00 am 
on Saturday, May 21st, 2016 during the 21st Annual Italian Festival. The performances will take place on the Outdoor Stage.  Get seated early to cheer for your favorite contestants – it is always a suspenseful, thrilling competition.  Good luck to all of our talented competitors!!


Divisions and Prizes 

There are two divisions in the competition.  The competition is judged by local professionals from the entertainment industry. 

                     Adult Division (Age 13 and older) Junior Division (Ages 7 to 12)           
1st Prize: $200 1st Prize: $100
2nd Prize:  $150 2nd Prize: $75
3rd Prize:  $100 3rd Prize:  $50


Contest Registration

For your audition, you must perform the selection that you will perform at the actual competition in its entirety. Contestants chosen to perform will be notified by May 5th, 2016.  There are two ways to audition this year:

In Person

You may audition in person on either Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at 6:00 pm or Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at 9:00 am in the Parish Center at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church.  Registration is required for auditions.  Register online via the link below:
By Audition Clip
You may submit an Audition Clip, the Registration form, and the Competition Rules and Release form by Sunday, May 1st, 2016 at 10:00 am in either of the ways listed below:
  • By email via a link of the Audition Clip (You Tube, Vimeo, etc.), along with a scanned copy of your completed Registration form and a scanned signed copy of your Competition Rules and Release form. Please email to
  • By mail via a DVD of the Audition Clip, along with a copy of your completed Registration form and a signed copy of the Competition Rules and Release form.  Please mail to Jennifer Miranda, 3720 Planters Watch Drive, Charlotte, NC 28278
Your clip will not be evaluated without a completed Registration form and signed Competition Rules and Release form.  Once your audition clip and forms have been received you will receive a confirmation via email.
To download the Registration form and Competition Rules and Release form, please select the links below:

Contest Judges

As always, the contest will be judged by seasoned professionals that come from the world of entertainment. Each individual is eminently qualified for the job of choosing the acts with the best potential. It’s a daunting task, given the level of competition!  The judges for the 2016 contest include:


Roger Cullis of Cullis Entertainment

Founder/President of Cullis Entertainment ~ Music and Video Producer

Creator of TV shows

Grammy-voting member of NARAS ~ Three-time winner of Charlotte Music Award

Co-Founder of Carolina Entertainment Network

Former guitarist with Stryder, Yellow Nelson & Redemption Theory

For additional information, please visit:

or view ad: Cullis Entertainment

Walter Stewart

Extensive experience in music industry in both the United states and Canada

Booking Agent ~ Road Manager ~ Record Producer ~ Published Songwriter ~ Judge of Talent Showcases

Member of the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Music Awards

Co-Founder of Carolina Entertainment Network

Works with artist Johnny Rivers and serves as GM of his Soul City Records

Walter’s contact info:

Jay Taylor

Disc Jockey for 91.7 WSGE Radio

Afternoon Host & Production Manager

27 Years Experience in Broadcasting (On-Air Radio, Sales & Management)

Advocate for Homeless



The Italian Idol Contest is made possible by many volunteers, for which we are extremely grateful. Special thanks are extended to the following individuals:
Chairperson: Roberta Whitaker
Auditions: Jennifer Miranda, Laura Faith Fortner and Tess Limoggio
Director: Jennifer Miranda
Producer: Melissa Inzerillo
Program: Jayne Adams
Sound Volunteers: Special thanks to Tom Donnelly, John Patyk and all of our outside volunteers.
Contact: Roberta Whitaker  |  803.370.0600  |