First Night Spotlight is a teen singing competition in the spirit of American Idol. It is produced via a partnership between Missoula Broadcasting Co., MCPS Flagship, ASUM and Arts Missoula. Prelimanary rounds take place in early December. Finalists are chosen from each preliminary to go on to the final event at the Dennison Theatre on New Year’s Eve. On New Year’s Eve, winners will be awarded the following prizes:

First Place: $300 & a live radio performance
Second Place: $200
Third Place: $100
People’s Choice: $100

You can learn more here

Maximum of 3 Performers
All acts must include a vocal performance
ALL PERFORMERS & ACCOMPANISTS MUST BE REGISTERED STUDENTS OF THE HIGH SCHOOL WHERE THEY ARE AUDITIONING. If you are a home school student you, and anyone else performing with you or providing accompaniment must be of high school age.

Performers will be judged on the following criteria:

Voice Quality
Song Choice
Stage Presence
Audience Engagement

Performers can gain bonus points in these optional categories:

Original Material
Dramatization / Choreography

Preliminary Round Schedule:

Dec 2 – Hellgate High School – Hellgate HS Auditorium – 3:15 pm
Dec 5 – Big Sky High School – Auditorium – 3:15 pm
Dec 7 – Willard, Sentinel & Surrounding Areas
University Center Theater – 11:30 am