Tailgate Talent Show accepting online auditions

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Production of the second season of Tailgate Talent Show will look different in the age of COVID-19.


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The television talent show, created in partnership between Eastlink Community TV and Rainey Media, will be accepting online auditions.

“We’ve all been through quite a bit, and there’s still a lot we don’t know as we move forward through the summer,” producer Dean Rainey said in an announcement on the show’s website. “A lot of events have been cancelled, a lot of shows have been cancelled.”

Rainey said he has been thinking of ways to ensure the show is still able to go on despite pandemic restrictions.

Those chosen to move forward must be available for an in-depth phone interview, and then in person on two separate dates yet to be determined.

The crew will be travelling to different communities to create short documentaries about each of the performers chosen. This year, the crew will be visiting Simcoe, Aylmer, Goderich, Walkerton, Hanover and Saugeen Shores.

“We will visit the town, learn about the town, and learn about you,” said Rainey.

Performances will all be held at the Spiky Ball Studios in Delhi.

“Are you willing to come down to Delhi to be on the show?” asked Rainey. “The reality is if you want to be on TV you need to go to Toronto, New York, or L.A. We’re just asking you to come to Delhi.”

Last year’s performances were recorded in each individual town.

The final winner of the talent show will receive a $1,000 grand prize.

“Go get your hair cut, get out of the house for the first time in months, and come show us what you’ve got,” host Kyle Bergstresser said in the audition promo video.

The deadline for online auditions is July 15. Visit to upload auditions.

Rainey said this plan may change depending on COVID-19 restrictions.

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