COMMUNITY AUDITIONS – PAST & PRESENT
Community Auditions first aired in1950 and was hosted by Gene Burns. In 1965, he was succeeded by popular Boston radio and television personality, DAVE MAYNARD, who remained the show’s iconic host for over 25 years.
With Maynard at the helm, the show quickly became a Boston institution, and a family tradition throughout New England. Each half-hour episode featured a combination of singers, magicians, dancers, comedians, impersonators, and anyone with a talent to show off – even jugglers and Irish dancers.
Six contestants performed during each show. At the end of the program, viewers were encouraged to send postcards voting for their favorite contestants. The following week, the winner was announced and would appear again on that week’s show. Winners walked away with bragging rights, a trophy, and a prize – such as a brand new TV set.
At the end of every episode, Maynard, along with the contestants, would sing the show’s beloved “Star of the Day” theme song - the lyrics providing a constant reminder to the audience that... ...“THEIR vote holds the key.”
During its tenure on-air, the program has showcased some of today’s favorite celebrities - Such as comedian SARAH SILVERMAN and ER's SCOTT GRIMES, when they were still undiscovered talent.
After going off the air in 1987, the show returned to television in 2007 as “COMMUNITY AUDITIONS - STAR OF THE DAY”. The NEW "Community Auditions" pays homage to the original, with a few slight modifications...
The program now focuses solely on MUSICAL PERFORMANCES with contestants being backed up by the "hardest working band in showbiz" – the COMMUNITY AUDITIONS ALL-STARS.
“Star of the Day” winners are chosen the day of their performance, with results based on Judges’ scores as well as the in-studio audience applause meter. At the conclusion of each show, a winner is announced and presented with the “Star of the Day” award. The winner also advances to the next week’s competition.
- Contestants who win FOUR (4) CONSECUTIVE stars automatically earn a spot in the FINALS.
- There are four (4) final episodes and the winner of each advances to the GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP!
- Contestants who reach the finals will be competing for a record produced by legendary music producer Bob Johnston and a brand new 2015 SUBARU IMPREZA!