The “Students in Motion” competition platform is entirely voter-based. All contestants will have a personal voting page immediately after registering for the competition, which they can begin to share at once. Contestants who receive the highest number of votes in each round will advance to the next round. Contestants can earn votes in two ways:
- Sharing voting pages with friends, family, fans or the general public through social media networks. Contestants are required to share their voting page with family, friends, and fans, and actively campaign on social media for audience votes. The aim is to engage viewers and drum up support in the form of votes. Entertainment industry professionals, music producers and record label A&R professionals; all look for artists not only with talent but with a large social media follower base as well. In today’s music industry, the number of followers on an artist’s social media page can help determine their likelihood of getting record deal offers. “Students in Motion” judges are no different and are looking for talented contestants whose voting page shows a steady increase in audience votes. “Get to know your VOTING PAGE”
- Earning judge’s stars. NO JUDGES IN THIS COMPETITION, ONLY PUBLIC VOTING.
Each “Students in Motion” competition round has a specified start and end date, during which contestants can share their voting pages with friends, family, fans, and other social media networks in an effort to get the votes necessary to win the round. View all important competition dates below.
PUBLIC VOTING ENDS
All voting closes to the general public on the dates the specified below.
ADVANCING FROM ROUND TO ROUND
In order to advance from round to round contestants must receive the highest number of votes among competitors in the qualifying round and each subsequent bracket round. How does this competition work? View video CLICK HERE.
Based on the highest number of votes, the qualifying round determines one winner in each of the 50 states, plus 14 wildcard winners, for a total of 64 contestants advancing to the first bracket round. The 14 wildcard winners are contestants with the 14 highest vote totals nationally that did not win their state, all contestants can track their wildcard status as everyone not leading their state is listed on the wildcard leader page. Multiple wildcards can come from the same state as system list everyone by vote total.
With each new round, contestants’ votes renew to level the playing field. Contestants that advance to the bracket round of 64 compete head to head against other state or wildcard winners. Thirty-two contestants will advance to round two, 16 contestants will advance to round three, and eight contestants will advance to round four. 4 contestants will advance to round five and the final 2 will compete for the grand prize. As contestants advance from round to round they will continue to win the cash prize posted for that round. Click to view Bracket Round Page.
IMPORTANT COMPETITION DATES
- Registration begins 11/1/20
- Voting begins 12/6/2020
- Tips and Ad Placements end 1/7/21
- Voting ends 1/8/2021
- State and Wildcard winners announced 1/9/2021
- Registration begins 11/1/20
- Voting begins 12/6/2020
- Tips and Ad Placements end 2/19/21
- Voting ends 2/20/2021
- Winners announced 2/11/2021
Bracket Round 1
- Begin 1/9/2021
- Tips and Ad Placements end 1/15/21
- Voting ends 1/16/2021
- Winners announced 1/17/2021
Bracket Round 2
- Begin 1/17/2021
- Tips and Ad Placements end 1/22/21
- Voting ends 1/23/2021
- Winners announced 1/24/2021
Bracket Round 3
- Begin 1/24/2021
- Tips and Ad Placements end 1/29/21
- Voting ends 1/30/2021
- Winners announced 1/31/2021
Bracket Round 4
- Begin 1/31/2021
- Tips and Ad Placements end 2/5/21
- Voting ends 2/6/2021
- Winners announced 2/7/2021
Bracket Round 5
- Begin 2/7/2021
- Tips and Ad Placements end 2/12/21
- Voting ends 2/13/2021
- Winners announced 2/14/2021
Bracket Round 6
- Begin 2/14/2021
- Tips and Ad Placements end 2/19/21
- Voting ends 2/20/2021
- Winner announced 2/21/2021
* Tips and Ad placement will end for the general public before the round ends. This is done so contestants don’t wait to the very last minute load up on Tips and Ad placements.
All voting dates are posted on the “Students in Motion” competition detail page. Contestant’s voting pages can be shared on any social media account by copying the link and pasting it in the comment area of each social media network. This link automatically creates a post that opens to the contestant’s voting page for viewers to look over and cast their votes.
The voting page link can also be emailed, texted, or sent via any messenger application on social media. Contestants should consider sharing their voting page as a marketing tool for sharing their talent with the world. After all, not only are they trying to solicit votes for the “Students in Motion” competition, by sharing there may be someone in audience of social media that will see the contestant’s page and offer an opportunity that suits the contestant’s talent. This is also an opportunity for the artist to expand their social presence, which in today’s digital universe is huge to those successfully seeking a career in show business.
Important note- “Students in Motion” contestants should be aware that in competition organizers look at participant’s number of votes, number of page views, and number of followers or supporters a contestant has accumulated. Competition organizers want to see that a contestant is invested in the competition, evidenced by the level of activity in sharing their voting page and the campaigning for votes. Entertainment industry professionals place a high level of importance on contestants maintaining a strong following or fan base, which reflects in the artist’s overall success potential. The entertainment industry has changed to keep pace with digital trends including social media’s immense reach, and contestants need to change with it. Social media is the trend and contestants need to adopt in order to keep up. By sharing their voting pages, contestants have a valuable opportunity to actively raise awareness of their talent among potential fans and entertainment industry insiders.
Virdition’s platform has implemented a series of safeguards to prevent individuals from voting repeatedly or using bots and apps to increase their vote numbers. All voters are required to register and create a voter account on the Virdition platform. When a voter registers to vote their voting account allow them to keep track of the contestant they support enabling them to vote again in subsequent rounds without having to re-register. During the registration process the will receive an SMS code by text to enter and complete. Voters will need to confirm their voting account by going to their email to confirm their account. Remember your login email and password to vote in the next round. While the registration procedure may seem inconvenient or lengthy, it’s actually quick and the only way to control potential voting abuse. Only votes submitted and confirmed by registered voters will count.
CONTESTANTS POLICING CONTESTANTS
Each contestant voting page has a flag that can be used for notifying competition organizers of suspicious voting activities or inappropriate material on the part of a competitor in any round. A hint that suspicious voting may be occurring is observing single votes tallying up every few seconds. If a contestant is flagged notification is sent to the competition organizer regarding the contestant, the organizer can review the flagged contestant’s voting activity to determine whether or not their votes are legitimate. Voter abuse and inappropriate content can get contestants disqualified.
Upon reviewing flagged contestants’ voting activity, if the competition organizer discovers evidence that the contestant or one of the contestant’s supporters is abusing the free voting system using bots, applications designed to cheat voting systems, different email addresses generating from the same IP address for repeated voting or SMS text abuse, the organizer is at liberty to disqualify the contestant without warning. Warnings are subject to the severity of the abuse which is determined by the competition organizer.
The “Students in Motion” competition has set a limit on the number of tips, supporters can sponsor per round to prevent tipping from getting out of hand while giving all contestants an equal opportunity. Contestants cannot use the tip jar on their own campaigns. Contestants who do attempt to tip themselves to obtain votes may be subject to disqualification. Tipping is strictly for contestant supporters to use to help a specific contestant or contestants. In this competition, a Tip of $5.00 will get the contestant 1 additional vote. The Tip Jar limit is $1,000 per round which would equal 200 additional votes. Click to watch videos on how to give TIPS.
AD PLACEMENT COMMISSIONS
Ad sponsorship can help contestants earn commissions and votes. By reaching out to local businesses and businesses owned by friends, family or random business owner looking to support local artist can sponsors contestants by adding a business logos and website links of sponsoring organizations to the contestant’s voting pages. By sharing their voting pages on social networks, contestants increase online exposure for sponsoring businesses. Business sponsors can purchase an ad on the contestant’s voting page for a minimum of $100.00. One ad for $100 will earn the contestant a commission of $60.00 and an additional 20 votes.
The first position on the contestant’s voting page is the space located to the right of the video/content viewing screen and the next four positions are located directly below the video/content viewing screen. Typically, these top five ad locations are reserved for the competition organizer’s corporate sponsors. Therefore, if contest organizer has national, regional or state sponsors, those their logos will be placed within these five locations. Other ad sponsor logos will be placed on the contestant’s voting page after the competition organizer’s sponsor logos. Contestants’ sponsor logo positions are placed according to sponsorship value. For example, if two businesses buy an Ad placement location, one at $125 and the other at $100, the ad valued at $125 is placed ahead of the ad valued at $100. If another business sponsor purchases a logo location valued at $150, that business logo will be placed ahead of the lower cost logos. In short, the higher the sponsors amount, the higher the placement of the business’s logo. The limit per round is $1,000 in ad sponsorships per round, a total 200 votes per round. Click to watch videos on how to purchase an AD PLACEMENT.
Tips and Ad placement will end for the general public a few hours before the round ends. This is done so contestants don’t wait to the very last minute load up on Tips and Ad placements.
NO REFUNDS OF TIPS AND AD PLACEMENTS. ONCE A VOTER/SUPPORTER PAYS FOR ANY TIPS OR AD PLACEMENT THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS.
Best-in-category competitions are options that competition organizers implement to offer contestants secondary opportunities to win prizes beyond the main prize. For example, this Creative Arts competition has 10 specific categories like “Best Musician” or “Best Art/Painting.” Contestants who enter category competitions are essentially entering another competition within the main competition, in which contestants are competing for a primary prize or prizes such as the “Grand Prize.” Contestants may also compete to win one or multiple categories. Category competitions run for the same duration as the main prize competition. If a contestant in the main competition is eliminated at any point before the event ends, they can continue to compete in category competitions as long as they continue to participate by sharing their voting page to receive votes in those categories.
LACK OF CONTESTANTS IN THE COMPETITION
If there aren’t enough contestants throughout all 50 states within the Qualifying round we can extent the dates to allow our promotion of the competition to attract more contestants. If competition doesn’t attract enough contestants the competition can be postponed to determine a new marketing strategy. If the competition is canceled or rescheduled all Entry fees, Tips and Ad sponsorships will be refunded.