'YouTube Idol' / 'Idol Search' is the brain-child of Cree Ingles (Picture). A brilliant, outspoken, passionate woman who through her love of American Idol set out to create the 'closest thing to the American Idol you can get on the internet!'
In the beginning she called it simply Youtube Idol. Due to reasons beyond her control, around Season 2 she was forced to change the name and the phenomenon became known as Cree Ingles Idol Search. Currently we are back to the roots, and decided to go by the original name, 'YouTube Idol'.
Fourteen long seasons later, we are still running strong and constantly looking for the next big thing on the net!
You think you got what it takes?
LET US HELP YOU!
Cree Ingles has created 2 different instances for you to take part in YouTube Idol. Those are the Regular Season and the Weekly Challenges, both pursuing the same goal, to have talented singers showcase their skills and be recognized for it.
This occurs up to twice a year and will last a few months until the new IDOL is crowned. These consist of an AUDITION PHASE, where all the aspiring singers introduce themselves to Cree and the YTI Judges and deliver a song of their own choosing (acapella/with instruments/with backing track). After they're selected, they move on to the ROUND PHASE, where our Hostess Michelle Marie, will assign a theme for the week, then the contestants choose their song ('First come, Fist serve' basis) and later on have to deliver the entry and post it before reaching the deadline. Round assignments are given each Sunday and have to be uploaded up until next Sunday, 4 PM PST - 5 PM MST - 6 PM CST - 7 PM EST (No exceptions allowed). It can also occur that more than one video will be requested, either multiple songs or even Q&A videos. After reviewing each entry, our Judges will send in their ELIMINATION VOTE and the contestant with the highest amount of votes will be dismissed from the competition. Nonetheless, sometimes Double or even Triple Eliminations can occur. The process will repeat itself until our TOP 2 are appointed, and they will enter the infamous HELL WEEK, where the top conteders will have to battle it out by uploading at least one video per day, during a whole week. Once they last day is completed and videos are in, Judges will send their WINNER VOTE to pronounce YOUTUBE IDOL of the Season
Apart from the honor and privilege of becoming the newest WINNER, all the experience and musical growth given by the competition; Cree Ingles herself will send out a commemorative package known as CREEmail to the newest IDOL, with a number of items and gifts to remind the contestant of his/her journey and achievements along the contest.
These are independant and individual contests, where ANY singer or previous YT IDOL contestant/winner around the world can join and compete head to head (or should we say, voice to voice) to get the highest amount of Judges Votes to win. It is most likely an ultra-short version of the Season, but it occurs EVERY week. Each assignment will be different from the previous one and will be posted following the same rules that are given on our Regular Season. The entry with the highest number of votes will be named the Weekly Challenge Winner and CREEmail will also be sent out. In the event of a 'tied match', the contestants with equal amount of votes will be named WINNERS and will also receive a commemorative gift.
These mini-Seasons are the BEST training ground for any singer that wants to take part of a full season, willing to understand the flow and also gain experience and confidence to go for the IDOL title once a new chapter of YTI is released.
Now that you KNOW...
Come out of your shell and get ready for one of the GREATEST and CRAZIEST experiences of your singing career!
...Think you got what it takes? THEN SHOW US!