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CARIBBEAN GOSPEL TALENT SOUGHT FOR CONTEST

March 27, 2002 – The Caribbean Gospel Talent Search competition, which has been open to entries for several months, is coming to the April 19 deadline. There is no cost to enter.
The entry fee of $30 is being waived, and contestants who have already submitted fees will be refunded, according to a release from Jubilation! Outreach Ministries of St. Thomas, the lead organization for the contest.
Additionally, the contest is now open to all acts, whether solo or group performers, and the act does not have to be performed in a Caribbean style but may be in any musical form. Contestants may enter by submitting an audiocassette and photograph or a standard VHS videotape, from three to four minutes in length. Entries must be postmarked by April 19, 2002.
All Caribbean residents five years old and over can enter. Entries will be in two age categories: children's, for ages five to 12, and adult, for ages 13 and up.
Sixty performers will be selected to compete on a weekly television series called "Caribbean Gospel Talent Search." Entrants who advance will be videotaped in June and July for the series on one of six islands: Anguilla, Barbados, Dominica, St. Croix, St. Thomas, and Tortola. The 15-week series will air this fall in several Caribbean islands.
Viewing audiences will vote on their favorite performers through the Internet at CaribbeanTalentSearch.com, or by calling a special telephone number.
The live final competition, which will be in St. Thomas in November, will be hosted by Teresa Hannah of "Nashville Gospel" and judged by top industry professionals. Excerpts of the final will be featured in a special episode.
The winners in each age category will win a trip and appearances on "Nashville Gospel," along with other prizes and opportunities. "Nashville Gospel" has been showcasing gospel talent for more than 30 years and reaches nearly 76 million United States households
Jubilation! Outreach Ministries is a nonprofit television production and gospel music promotions ministry. Contestants may obtain entry form and further details from the CaribbeanTalentSearch website or by sending a self-addressed envelope to: Jubilation! Outreach Ministries, Caribbean Talent Search Rules Request, P.O. Box 304574, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00803. For further information call 340-776-7635.
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