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Cyclone Voice 2021

Cyclone Voice is a singing competition that highlights the vocal talents of Iowa State students. This year’s main event host will be recording artist and producer Gnash who rose to prominence with his hit song "i hate u, i love u" featuring Olivia O'Brien which went multi-platinum across the globe, hitting numerous Top 10 charts and surpassing 350 million online streams. A regular musical collaborator, Gnash has been featured on a wide variety of music from numerous artists, including the hit single “Lights Down Low” by pop artist MAX. 

Prelims will take place on Monday, April 12 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 (must provide own instrument). Registration is open until Friday, April 9 at 11:59PM for ISU students interested in performing/competing. 

Contestants chosen to move on at prelims on April 12 will perform at Cyclone Voice on Friday, April 23 at 7PM at Stephens Auditorium. Cyclone Voice is FREE and open to all ISU students for participation, but Prelims will not be open for public viewing this year. The main Cyclone Voice event on Friday, April 23 will be FREE and open to the public though!

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 show 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 Friday, April 23. 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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