March 03, 2005 13:39 ET

UPN 57 and Kia Present Second Season of 'Gimme The Mike'

Auditions Begin March 5 for Local Singing Contest

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 3, 2005 -- "Gimme The Mike," the UPN 57's talent search that turned out hundreds of hopefuls in 2004, will return for a second season this May, courtesy of Kia Motors America, Inc (KMA) and its local dealers, presenters of the contest.

Open auditions are scheduled for March 5, 8 and 10 in Philadelphia. Thirty local singers chosen from the auditions will compete on-air by performing for a panel of music industry judges. The ultimate winner will be awarded a Kia Spectra5, a recording contract with Range Records and a karaoke machine and library from among other prizes. CBS 3's Paul Deanno will host the weekly show.

"We were overwhelmed at the response to last year's search," says Peter Dunn, President and General Manager of UPN 57. "Philadelphia certainly lived up to its musical legacy judging by the talent we saw. We're looking forward to what this new season will bring and excited about giving one person the career boost of a lifetime." Aliyah Williams, a music major at Cheyney University, won the 2004 competition.

"This is a great partnership for Kia," according to Peter M. Butterfield, KMA President and CEO. "The Spectra5 is the perfect vehicle for an up and coming music star -- smart, stylish, cool, sporty and best of all, miles ahead of the competition. It's a winner, too."

Open auditions for "Gimme The Mike" will be held at the following locations:

--  March 5 at the Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike in
    Plymouth Meeting
--  March 8 at McFadden's Restaurant located in Citizen's Bank Park, the
    home of the Philadelphia Phillies
--  March 10 at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street in Philadelphia.
Auditions will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The producers will attempt to see all of the singers in line during that time period, but reserve the right to limit the number of auditions seen each day. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older and not have a recording contract or professional representation. Applicants must bring valid photo identification as well as a current photo, which will become property of the producers. Each person will be asked to sing one song a cappella for the producers. Applications and complete rules are available at the station offices during normal business hours, at each location and at

"Gimme The Mike" is being produced by the CBS 3/UPN 57 Programming Department in cooperation with Jeff Fish of Reel Productions. Fish was instrumental in developing and producing the Super Singer Competition that was later expanded and syndicated by Post-Newsweek as "Gimme The Mike."

"Gimme The Mike" is also sponsored by Eternity Fashion. UPN 57 (WPSG-TV) is owned and operated by the Viacom Television Stations Group.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Joanne Calabria
    UPN 57
    (215) 238-4964