REGULATION

Over the centuries, all peoples have developed their own musical Christmas traditions, and their own songs inspired by Christmas, the mystery from which the Christian faith originates.

To continue nourishing this treasure of popular expression, the Christmas Contest was born, an event that aims to stimulating young people to create original tunes to be added to classic Christmas songs known all over the world.

The artistic competition is open to all young people between 16 and 35 years old, both as solo artist or a music group with performer.

The prizes consist in the sole recognition of personal/artistic merits (excluding any donation of money or tokens), and at the end of the competition 3 (three) absolute winners will be chosen according to the following categories:
- Best Lyric
- Best music track
- Best performance
The 3 absolute winners will have the right to participate, with at least one choral piece to be shared with the other winners, in the 29th edition of the Concerto di Natale, produced by Prime Time Promotions and scheduled to be broadcast in prime time on the 24th of December 2021.

The jury, made up of well-known celebrities, with proven credibility in the music and/or entertainment fields (freely chosen and considered suitable by the Production), based on its unquestionable artistic and editorial evaluations, will choose the candidates and therefore judge their suitability to proceed to the next round; talents will be judged not only on the technical and musical skills of the contestant, but also in terms of "empathy" between the contestants and their story, and the jury members themselves, “permanent judges” of the format.


 
What are the selection criteria and rounds?
Once registered by submitting the application on the website www.christmascontest.com, the first round begins: the Jury will select at least 32 (thirty-two) candidates, that will be contacted by the production, to participate in the next round.

In the second round, contestants will be divided in two groups of 16, each group will be performing live, in a location in Rome, the original piece presented in the selection phase, connected with the jury and performing live on a pre-recorded soundtrack. Considering the evaluations in tenths provided during the performances, at the end of the semifinal, the experts will draw up a ranking and select eight performers, four belonging to the first group and other four belonging to the second group.

The final round, the third and last phase, will see 8 (eight) finalists competing followed by the award ceremony for the 3 absolute winners of the 3 categories. 

The three evenings aim to combine talented entertainment with the mission of the format, stimulating creativity, enhancing young people and helping to enrich the already existing Christmas songs repertoire.

It is at the discretion of the organization to evaluate whether the performances of the candidates will be held in presence or in streaming, as the Contest will be carried out in full compliance with the anti-COVID 19 regulations.

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