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Cyclone Voice 2023

Cyclone Voice is ISU's premier, annual singing competition that highlights the vocal talents of Iowa State students. This year’s main event host will be multiplatinum recording artist MAX!

Best known for his smash hit "Lights Down Low," which generated over half a billion streams globally and is certified triple platinum in the US, MAX has been labeled a "Young Pop God" by GQ and a "top popstar to watch" by Billboard. His follow-up hit single "Love Me Less" ft. Quinn XCII has accumulated over 250-million streams worldwide, and his more recent hits including "Blueberry Eyes” featuring SUGA of BTS, and "Butterflies” featuring Ali Gatie, are poised to be just as big.

Prelims will take place on Monday, April 3 at 6PM in the Maintenance Shop. Contestants will be required to sing one song in front of a panel of judges. The song must be a karaoke or instrumental track, with no background or pre-recorded vocals. Contestants may choose to play an MP3 file, their own instrument, or be accompanied by one person playing an instrument (must provide own instrument). Registration is open until Friday, March 31 at 11:59PM for ISU students interested in performing/competing. 

Contestants chosen to move on at prelims will perform at Cyclone Voice on Thursday, April 13 at 7PM in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Cyclone Voice is FREE and open to all ISU students for participation, and FREE and open to students and the public to watch the performances, including a performance by MAX while the judges deliberate at Cyclone Voice itself on Thursday, April 14. (seating in both the M-Shop and Great Hall is limited - patrons are encouraged to arrive early!

Before registering, please read the rules below.

Cyclone Voice Contestant Rules:

  • Solo singers only - duos or backing vocals, etc. are not allowed.

  • Must be appropriate material and suitable for all ages (the event is open to the public).

  • Contestants may sing a capella, from a track, or with one simple instrument (keyboard, guitar, etc.). Contestants may accompany themselves or have an accompanist, but are responsible for their own instruments and cables, etc.

  • MP3 tracks (if applicable) must be emailed to: Contestants must name their files in the format "LastnameFirstname_SongTitle."

  • Must be an active ISU student in good standing to perform. Contestants will need to scan their student ID when checking in.

  • Contestants will be assigned an individual time to perform at prelims, as well as at the main event, should they be selected to move on. They will additionally be assigned a time for sound check if advancing to Cyclone Voice on Thursday, April 13. This information will be emailed in advance.

  • Contestants will be judged on music ability, use of music accompaniment (if applicable), and overall presentation. This includes singing ability, enthusiasm, stage presence, crowd response (at main event), and attire.

  • Contestants must be respectful to those working the event, judges volunteering their time, and all other performers.

For any additional questions, please email

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