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Cyclone Voice 2024

Cyclone Voice is ISU's premier, annual singing competition that highlights the vocal talents of Iowa State students. This year’s main event will be hosted by Grammy-nominated rock band Plain White T's!

Since emerging in 1997, Chicago quartet Plain White T's have remained visible and viable. They have consistently delivered unforgettable pop rock anthems that take up real estate in your brain for months at a time. They have amassed over 2.7-billion global streams, earned two Grammy nominations, and collected several Platinum-plus and Gold certifications across their impressive catalog. Their hit single "Hey There Delilah" went quadruple-platinum, topped the Billboard Hot 100, and garnered Grammy nominations for both "Song of the Year" and "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal." 

Prelims will take place on Monday, April 15 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, April 12 at 11:59PM for ISU students interested in performing/competing. 

Contestants chosen to move on at prelims will perform at Cyclone Voice on Saturday, April 27 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 the Plain White T's while the judges deliberate at Cyclone Voice itself on Saturday, April 27. (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 uploaded at: 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 Saturday, April 27. 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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