Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the age requirements to be eligible for Big in a Small Town?

A: The competition is open to CANADIAN PERMANENT RESIDENTs and ABORIGINALS RESIDENT IN CANADA who have reached the age of majority in their province of residence.


Q: Are residents of Quebec eligible to apply?

A: Unfortunately, CMT regrets that this contest is not open to residents of Quebec. The Province of Quebec has different regulations and requirements than contests held in other provinces.  For various reasons, Quebec may not always be included in our contests.


Q: How many video auditions can I submit?

A: You can submit no more that 1 (one) video entry during the application period. Multiple entries will be discarded.


Q: What conditions would cause my Video Entry to be disqualified?!

A: The following would cause your video to be disqualified:

*  The video contains a song that is not either A) included in the Song List, or B) an original composition.

*  Contains a duet or group performance rather than a featured solo artist.

*  Contains personally identifiable information.

*  Contains profanity.

*  Contains themes of violence or any language that may be deemed in contravention of Canada’s hate laws.

*  Contains any trademarked or copyrighted material (meaning no t-shirts, hats or other clothing containing names, logos, people or images) or depicts dangerous activities, as determined by the Producer in their sole discretion and/or

*  Is incomplete.


Q: If I’m a member of ACRTA am I eligible?

A: No. Eligible applicants must not belong to ACTRA or other professional performing unions.


Q: Are musical instruments allowed in my video audition?

A: YES. We want to ensure our search is as thorough as possible, therefore we are allowing competitors to audition with musical instruments.  Competitors are judged on a whole range of factors, including singing ability, style and stage presence.  Ability to play an instrument is yet another dimension to each competitor’s complete package.  Ultimately, competitors are judged on their overall potential to be the Grand Prize Winner


Q: If I don’t play a musical instrument will I have less of a chance for a successful Video Entry?

A: NO. You will not be at any disadvantage in the audition process is you choose to sing without instrumental accompaniment.


Q: What if I don’t live in one of the 6 cities that you are filming in?  Can I still audition online?

A: YES. We encourage applicants from across the country. You don’t have to be a resident of one of the 6 filming locations in order to be eligible as an applicant.


Q: Is a Participant Release Form required?

A: A Participant release form will only be distributed to those applicants who have been selected as one of the Top 30 Video Entries.  The selected Top 30 applicants must complete the release form indicating they agree to the terms and conditions of the contest.


Q: How many minutes should my Video Entry be?  What other requirements should my video meet?

A: Eligible video entries must be no more than 4 (four) minutes in length.  In addition:

*  Must be in one of the following formats: .wmv, .mov or .mpg with a maximum file size of no more than 50 MB.

*  Must not have been submitted in any other previous contest.

*  Must be performed in English.

Refer to the Rules & Regulations for a complete list of Video Requirements.


Q: What do I need to do to prepare for my Video Entry?

A: Dress to impress, but remember to be yourself and let your unique personality shine.  Please remember not to wear any clothing with visible logos, trademarks, offensive language, recognizable people/characters, or you will not be considered.


Q: Can I sing a duet?

A: This is a competition for solo artist performances only.  Duet or group performances will not be accepted.


Q: Can I have other people in my video submission?

A: While you must submit your video entry as a solo artist, accompanying background musical instruments are allowed. 


Q: Is a Participant Release Form required?

A: No.  Everyone auditioning must select from the approved Video Entry song list provided on the Big in a Small Town micro-site.  Applicants may perform an original song however; you must indicate on your Video Entry application that it was an original song and identify the name of the song writer.  In addition, applicants who perform an original song not wholly written by them must, immediately upon request of Producer and/or its Affiliates, submit a supporting waiver signed by the writer(s)/publisher(s) of such original song acknowledging permission to use the song in the Video and/or Series in any and all media, including but not limited to, audio, print, broadcast or the Internet, in perpetuity throughout the world in and in connection with the Series without further compensation.


Q: Where can I find the eligible Video Entry song list?

A: The eligible Video Entry song list is available in the audition section of the Big in a Small Town mini-site.


Q: How does the audition and selection process work?

A: Here is how the Big in a Small Town search will play out:

May 11 to June 1 -  eligible Video Entries are accepted.

June 4 - approximately 30 (thirty) eligible applicants selected as Series Competitors.

June 13 to July 18– Series Competitors travel to one of the six cities (Penticton, BC, Jasper, AB, Saskatoon, SK, Charlottetown, PEI, Halifax NS and Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON) to audition for the CMT Judges, with 1 Semi-Finalist chosen from each audition region.

Between September 3 – September 6 – 1 Semi-Finalist from each of the six regions travel to Toronto for a performance showdown.


Q: How many competitors will advance to Toronto?

A: 1 (one) Semi-Finalist from each of 6 (six) cities across the country, for a total of 6 (six) Semi-Finalists who will advance to Toronto.


Q: How will the winner of Big in a Small Town winner be determined?

A: In early September, 2012, each of the Semi-Finalists from the 6 regions will travel to Toronto for a performance showdown. During the Series Finale, 2 (two) Finalists will be chosen by the Show Judges. 

Based on the combined decision of the Series Producer and Show Judges, one of the 2 Finalists will be crowned Grand Prize winner of Big in a Small Town live from Saskatoon at the 2012 CCMA® Awards on September 9, 2012!


Q: Should I read the Rules & Regulations?  Where do I find them?

A: YES!  You must read the Rule & Regulations before submitting your Video Entry.  The complete Rules & Regulations are available by visiting the Big in a Small Town micro-site.