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Cyclone Voice 2018

Cyclone Voice is a singing competition that highlights the vocal talents of Iowa State students. This year’s finale host will be five-time Grammy nominated, multi-platinum pop singer-songwriter Skylar Grey. Grey first rose to prominence in 2010 when she co-wrote Eminem and Rihanna's hit single "Love the Way You Lie." She his currently best known for her guest vocals on numerous hit singles, including Diddy's "Coming Home" (as well as her follow-up, "Coming Home Pt. II") and, more recently, Macklemore's "Glorious." 
Prelims will be taking place on Monday, April 2 at 6 p.m. in the Maintenance Shop. Participants will be required to sing one song in front of a panel of judges. The song must be a karaoke style, with no background or pre-recorded vocals. Participants can choose to play an MP3 file, their own instrument, or be accompanied by one person with an instrument (participants must provide own instrument). All MP3 files should be uploaded as LastNameFirstname_Songtitle by Wednesday, March 28 at 5 p.m. Send your MP3 file to:
Participants will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is open until Wednesday, March 28 at 5 p.m. The finalists of Cyclone Voice Prelims will perform at Cyclone Voice on Thursday, April 12 at 8 p.m., in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. Cyclone Voice Prelims and the actual Cyclone Voice final event are FREE and open to the public to watch. 

-- Registration is Now Closed --

Cyclone Voice Contestant Rules:

Your act must not contain questionable material and must be suitable for all ages. Remember this is open to the public!

  • You can sing a capella, off a track, or with one keyboard, guitarist, or other simple instrumentation. 

  • You must be an active ISU student, in good standing, to perform. You will need to show your student ID when checking in.

  • You will be assigned a time to perform at prelims, as well as at the final event, should you be selected to move on. You will additionally be assigned a time for sound check if you make it to the actual Cyclone Voice event on Thursday, April 12. This information will be emailed to you ahead of any performances.

  • There will be a backstage area for you to put your coats/items during prelims and Cyclone Voice. You can also relax there before you perform.

  • Please plan on staying backstage during performances. Failing to do so may result in disqualification due to the possibility of distracting the other performers, audience, or judges.

  • We will have a Student Union Board (SUB) volunteers informing performers who is next and who will be up after that.

  • You will be judged on music ability, use of accompaniment / a capella, and presentation. This includes enthusiasm, stage presence, crowd response, attire.

The audience helps the judges decide, therefore please let your friends and family know so you will have a LOUD cheering section! Please be respectful to the other performers and good luck!

If you have questions, please email

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