Bestor's Best Singer Search is
looking for talent in Logan for second year
November 11, 2008 | Kurt Bestor is bringing "Bestor's
Best Singer Search" back to Logan.
In only its second year, the search has become known
as Utah's version of American Idol.
The event will take place at Utah State University's
Taggart Student Center from noon to 3 p.m. -- or later,
depending on turnout -- Nov. 20. Participants do not
reserve a time slot; instead, they should show up during
the search and wait for their turn to perform.
"Last year we held one of our Singer Search events
at Utah State University, and the atmosphere was electric,"
said Bestor, and Emmy Award-winning composer. "There's
a lot of talent in Cache Valley, and I'm anxious to
Of the five venues where the auditions were held in
2007, USU was the only university selected to host the
event. Because of the energy he found in the university
setting, he said, he decided to add Utah Valley University
in Orem to the list of hosts for this year's competition.
The competition is open to the public with no limits
"We had over 100 singers try out in Logan last
year, ranging in age from 6 to 70 years old," said
Kevin Raleigh, Bestor's Los Angeles-based agent. "With
the growing popularity of the Singer Search competition,
we expect even more participants this year."
In addition to Logan, the Singer Search has stops
in Provo/Orem, Ogden, Salt Lake City and St. George.
Cache Valley is the last stop of the auditions.
"We are really excited to host this event again,"
said USU student body president Grady Brimley, "and
we encourage residents from all over Cache Valley to
come and enjoy this great opportunity."
Bestor has a large fan base and his Christmas Concerts
entertain more that 20,000 people each year. The winner
will perform at Bestor's 20th Annual Christmas Concerts
in Abravanel Hall this December. The winner will also
have the opportunity to have a recording session with
Bestor and travel with him to Los Angeles to meet recording
"I've been in the business a long time," said Bestor.
"Of course I listen to voice quality, range and dynamics,
but I also observe a singer's stage presence. In other
words, can that singer sell the song?"
After the statewide competition concludes in Logan,
Bestor will choose three finalists. On Nov. 26 they
will appear with Bestor on KSL-TV's Studio 5 between
11 a.m. and noon, where they will sing live. Bestor
will then announce the winner on live TV.
Last year's winner, Erica Richardson, enjoyed a career-altering
"Working with Kurt was amazing and educational,"
Richardson said. "He taught me a lot about the
business and about being an artist. Working with him
was exciting and inspiring. He truly is a musical genius."