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Rodeo Idol Event Recap

Rodeo Idol

Image Credit: Reno Rodeo Idol Finalists Facebook Page

Reno Rodeo held the ‘Rodeo Idol’ contest on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Gilley’s inside the Nugget Casino Resort. The event was a success and five National Anthem singers were selected.

The event was planned by the Reno Rodeo Advertising and Marketing Committee. They worked with Bre Reinhardt as the Special Event Coordinator for Gilley’s and the Nugget. They worked well together. It is always odd for us as venue operators when outside event planners come onto the property because it feels like someone else is having a party at your house. You are always trying to figure out how to help them without becoming over bearing or intrusive. This was Bre’s first time being the coordinator for an event and she did a great job. I’m very proud of her!

A few lessons we learned from the event…

1. Communicate, better yet, over communicate. We had a few issues with Security not letting some of the contestants in because they were under 21 years old. They had their parents with them and an area designated so they wouldn’t violate any age restrictions at Gilley’s. We communicated with Security weeks earlier but we should have checked in with them again three hours before the event and then again a half hour before just to remind them.

2. When working with musicians it is important to find out what equipment they have and relay that information to the audio visual team. We had a few guitar players that we weren’t prepared for so we couldn’t plug them in and the crowd could barely hear them.

3. Make sure to get the song list in advance. We had a flash drive with all the songs that worked well but it would have been better if our DJ had time to put the songs in the system in advance.

Here are the interviews we did with Gianna Giorgi on Fox 11 morning show. We also received coverage from KOLO News Channel 8. We are grateful for all the coverage of this special event!

‘Rodeo Idol’ contest wraps up at Gilley’s – KRXI Reno NV Mornings on Fox 11 Segment

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Rodeo Idol at Gilley’s

Rodeo Idol - April 22 at Gilley's

Image Credit: Reno Rodeo

This year the Reno Rodeo is having a competition to select National Anthem singers for the 96th annual event scheduled for June 18-27. Every night the rodeo starts with the National Anthem. Rodeo fans expect top notch singers and this year Reno Rodeo will not disappoint their fans. So far they have filled 5 spots for the anthem, now they are looking to fill the last 5 spots through Rodeo Idol singing competition.

The contest started with singers submitting video of their national anthem singing. The panel of Reno Rodeo judges selected a group of semi-finalists to be voted on by the general public. Voting is taking place right now on Facebook. The contest on Facebook runs April 1 – 15. Click here to vote if you have a Facebook account.

The top 10 contestants selected on Facebook will take the stage at Gilley’s in the Nugget on Wednesday, April 22 for the final round of judging. The contest starts at 8:00pm, but I suggest you get there early to get good seats because it is going to be packed. Each contestant will sing one cover song of their choice to warm-up and then they will sing the national anthem. Bob Richards from KBUL Nash 98.1 FM Moo Crew Mornings will be the MC for the contest. Winners will receive four tickets to the rodeo the night they perform, tickets to the sponsor lounge for dinner, and other great prizes.

The Nugget is excited to be hosting this event at Gilley’s and to be working with Reno Rodeo. Please click here to vote and we hope to see you at Gilley’s Wednesday, April 22 for Rodeo Idol!

Gilley's - Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks, NV

Image Credit: Nugget Casino Resort

Related Links:
Reno Rodeo Website
Rodeo Idol Contest Facebook Page
Gilley’s at the Nugget


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