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Local radio station 105.5 Triple M has just completed the signup period for this year's Project M competition. This year marks the third installment of the contest, which presents the competitors with weekly compositional challenges. This year the competition is open to solo singer/songwriters only. According to Jeff Matthias at Entercom, Triple M's parent company, the number of entrants has exceeded expectations, standing at twenty-five as of Friday, March 21, two days before the March 23 deadline. Contest officials will sort through all the applicants, choosing eight to compete over the month of April. The lucky eight will be notified March 25.
Project M will test the competitors on multiple levels. The first test is passing the "audition" of submitting recorded material and making the final eight. The contest will require them to compose original material repeatedly over one-week spans. Then the contestants must perform the material, which will be videotaped for the public to judge via online voting. So they must perform well but must also come across on video, which can be two very different things. A panel of judges will use the voting results as indicators of who wins the weekly prizes and who gets eliminated. The public votes, however, are not the final determinant.
The first challenge will be thrown down April 1 at 105.5 Triple M Headquarters. The station is located on Madison's west side on Ganser Way. Contestants will have six days to prepare and then must appear at on April 7 at 6 p.m. to perform their response to the challenge. The videos of the performances will be posted on April 9 at the Triple M website. Listeners can vote until April 14 at which time the weekly winner will be chosen and the remaining contestants will move to Challenge 2.
Five similar challenges will be held over consecutive weeks, all at Funk's. The final, sixth challenge will take place at High Noon Saloon May 14 at 7 p.m. Each remaining finalist will receive the opportunity to perform up to thirty minutes of their original music and the Grand Prize winner will be selected.
The winner will have their song played on in regular rotation on 105.5 Triple M for a minimum of once a day for one month. The winner will also receive a gig at Summerfest and a $1,000 check.
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