Tri-State's Got Talent

Click here to see highlights of the 2019 Tri-State's Got Talent competition. (Video and story by 14News.)
2019 Tri-State's Got Talent Winner Brandon McCarty performing at The Really Big Show. (Photo provided by David Arthur Photography.)

The Arc of Evansville is excited to announce the return of our annual Tri-State’s Got Talent competition.

In past years, Tri-State’s Got Talent has been held at the former Casino Aztar, Washington Square Mall and most recently Eastland Mall; however, this year we’re taking the competition online.

During all of October 2020, The Arc of Evansville will be accepting family-friendly videos highlighting the area’s special talents. Singing, dancing, acrobatics, comedy, juggling…you name it, we want to see it!

Our panel of judges will then choose their favorite act to participate in The Arc’s 19th Annual Really Big Show in February 2021.

Please review our Tri-State’s Got Talent Frequently Asked Questions section for official contest rules and information on how to submit your video.


Tri-State's Got Talent FAQ's

Auditions are open to individual and group acts of all ages and abilities.

Tri-State’s Got Talent and The Really Big Show are family-friendly events. Singing, dancing, skits, stand-up comedy, acrobatics, juggling and everything in between are gladly welcomed, but you are encouraged to be mindful of our audience.

From October 1 through October 31, 2020, audition videos should be submitted via YouTube link or mp4 file to Cinda Phillips, Vice President of Development, at

We ask that all audition videos remain under two minutes. Longer videos will be accepted; however, we cannot guarantee they will be viewed in their entirety, so make sure to show us some of your best talent within the first two minutes.

At the beginning of your video, please state your name or group’s name loud enough that it can be heard and what city you’re from. You do not have to be a resident of the tri-state; however, if you win, you will be required to submit a final video of your act.

Also, remember to have fun! Smile, do YOUR best and have a good time making your video!

The 2020 Tri-State’s Got Talent Winner will have the opportunity to be included in the 2021 Really Big Show via pre-recorded video as this event will also be held virtually.

The Tri-State’s Got Talent participants and winner will receive no monetary compensation.

Judges will include staff from The Arc of Evansville and The Really Big Show’s Creative Team. Judging will take place between November 4 through November 11, 2020. Contestants will be ranked on a 1-5 scale in the following categories: Quality, Uniqueness and Appropriateness for The Really Big Show. Final tallies will be totaled together to determine a winner.

The 2020 Tri-State’s Got Talent Winner will be announced on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 12:00pm CST on both and The Arc of Evansville’s Facebook page.

Please reach out to Cinda Phillips, Vice President of Development, at or (812)428-4500 ext. 307 with any questions about Tri-State’s Got Talent and video submissions.