What started out as a talent competition for those in the Burke and surrounding areas has now expanded to reach the whole state of North Carolina.

Carolina’s Got Talent, a talent competition organized by The Hope Events Foundation, has been set for Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir, but video auditions are being accepted now until April 5, said Carlos Foster, executive director of the foundation.

“We want any act and any talent to come and audition,” Foster said. “Comedians, to jugglers, magicians, singers, dancers, cloggers, cheer solos and aerialists.”

CGT, formerly known as Burke’s Got Talent, is a talent show that helps to raise money for different nonprofits and organizations. The competition is open for any type of act, with 12 being chosen to perform come October, he said.

“I feel that events [ like this ] are family-friendly,” Foster said. “We will bring new events to different communities, so it will be a chance for them to come out and enjoy these shows … it will also showcase these people who have amazing talent.”

With each event, they will choose a specific organization to fund raise for, which to Foster and his board is the whole point of the foundation.

“We recently changed the name of the foundation … and we did that so we could reach more communities and it gives us a wider option of organizations as well,” Foster said.

The 12 acts chosen will compete in the October competition. Then four will make it to the next round where the panel of judges will score and the top four will move on to the second round, Foster said.

“In the second round they will perform the second act they have prepared and the judges will score and the voting will be open to the audience,” he said. “The way the scores will be calculated is 50/50, 50 percent of the judges scores and 50 percent of the audience.”

The amount of weight the audience carries has increased from the Burke’s Got Talent from a 70 percent for the judges and 30 percent of the audience to a 50/50 split, Foster said.

There are a few rules for the competition such as each contestant must be at least 6 years old, live in North Carolina and the video submission must have a time limit of one to four minutes.

Presale VIP tickets are on sale now and can be bought at https://thehopeevents.ticketleap.com/cgt/.

For more information, visit “The Hope Events Foundation” on Facebook or www.hopeevents.org.

Staff Writer Jonelle Bobak can be reached at jbobak@morganton.com or 828-432-8907.

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