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Photo provided The Monroe Theater is now accepting entries for the fourth annual Monroe’s Got Talent. The talent show is scheduled for September 10.

WOODFIELD — Although the name has been changed slightly, officials promise that this year’s talent show will be better than before.

The Monroe County talent show, formerly known as Monroe Has Talent, has now been named Monroe’s Got Talent – a title show officials had hoped to call it all along.

Rick Brown, the theatre’s production manager, said they recently got the go-ahead to call the show “Monroe has talent” after national shows such as America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent; however, they are not affiliated with any of the shows.

“At first there was a problem with the name. We didn’t want to get in trouble for branded stuff. We have finally, after three years, obtained permission to use the name,” he said, adding that the new name is what they intended to call the local talent show from the start.

Additionally, officials were permitted to use the star logo in place of the “a” in the word “Talent.”

“We had to make sure we had the proper approval to use it in the photo,” he added.

Brown said he reached out to both national TV shows to make sure they could use the name and logo. He said he was told anyone could use the words as a spinoff from the show despite not being affiliated.

“We just want to make sure everyone knows this is just a spinoff of this show or this type of contest, but it’s not actually this contest,” he added. .

Brown said there were other “exciting changes” to this year’s show, including a grand prize of $1,000 for the artist who achieves first place in the show as well as “celebrity” judges.

In previous years of the county show, the winner received $500, a recording session and demo disc, and their own show at the theater. This year’s winner will get all of these prizes plus the biggest cash prize.

Brown said the judges will include people familiar with the entertainment industry. The three judges will include a radio DJ, a member of the SMP Live Sound Company — a company that has done sound and lighting for Nashville artists — and another longtime artist with 40 years under his belt.

Brown said he can’t wait to see this year’s talented contestants perform.

“I think it’s going to be a really good show. With the price of $1,000, I think the competition is going to be tougher,” he said.

Only 25 slots of performers are available to perform in the live show which showcases the talents of individuals of all ages with connections, relationships or those living in Monroe County.

The theater is now accepting applications for the next show scheduled for September 10. Applications can be picked up at the theater or by contacting the theater at 740-213-5757. The deadline for submitting applications is September 1.



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