UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | January 26, 2023

Dixie’s Got Talent: What it is, how to audition

Dixie’s Got Talent is a fun show for everyone in our community. Elissa Aguayo | Sun News Daily

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Dixie’s Got Talent, a showcase of southern Utah’s top performers and fundraiser for Utah Tech University students, is open for auditions. 

Dixie’s Got Talent was started 20 years ago and continues to flourish in the St. George community. In addition to finalists getting to perform in front of 800+ people, they also raise money for Utah Tech scholarships.

The alumni association issued under 80 scholarships this year and seven students received money from the fund raised by Dixie’s Got Talent.

Video auditions are open until 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 9. In-person callback auditions will be held Dec. 3.

After auditions close, a panel of judges will review the videos and advance a group to go to the finals. 10 youths and 10 adults will be accepted into the final showcase. Set to take place on Jan. 26, 2023, the final showcase for Dixie’s Got Talent is open to the community to watch and help choose the finalists.

“Dixie’s Got Talent is a unique opportunity for local talent to audition and be selected by a panel of judges that have tremendous experience in the entertainment industry,” said John Bowler, director of alumni relations. 

The experience allows for growth in aspiring entertainers, as they get to perform in front of judges and if they make it through to the finals, in front of a large audience at the Cox Auditorium. 

Judges and audience members will select the overall winners and runners-up. The first-place and runners-up in the youth and adult categories will receive cash prizes, gain exposure before the large crowd and hold the title of Dixie’s Got Talent winner or runner-up for the year. 

With the name change of the university finalized, Dixie’s Got Talent will not remove the “Dixie” from the name because it’s an invitation for the community to join together and showcase their talent. As of now, there are no plans of changing the name.