BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Beginning Monday, October 7, 2019, Chilling Tales for Dark Nights will be launching the fourth season of the EVIL IDOL voice acting competition, in which you – a member of our audience – will have the opportunity to show off your talent to the world and the CTFDN audience, as well as take home your share of cash prizes, including a $500 grand prize for this year’s champion!

For years we’ve taken auditions via our website and have been blessed to have discovered – and been discovered by – talented individuals such as Jeff Clement, Steve Taylor, Alicia Pavlis, Jesse Cornett, Otis Jiry and Heather Ordover.

The first season of EVIL IDOL, in 2016, brought us the talent of finalists such as Ashley Tolfo, Jordan Lester, Kristin Holland, and Brindolyn McNair, and many more, as well as Olivia Steele, the current host of the Simply Scary Podcast, G.M. Danielson, and host of the Horror Hill podcast, Jason Hill.

The second season of EVIL IDOL, in 2017, brought us the talent of finalists such as Jonathan West, Ryan Borses, Heather Thomas, Nikolai Porter, and Andrew Berrios, as well as Erica Garraffa, Joe Walz, Adam Koot-Bascomb, and many more.

The third  season of EVIL IDOL, in 2018, brought us the talent of finalists such as grand prize winner Jesse “The Voice of Insanityz” Brown, Justine Anastasia, Lady MCreepsta, Myles Catania, and Dayjan Lesmond, as well as Deanna Cagle, Natenator77, Adam Woolley, Theo Murray, Zorayda, and many more.

OFFICIAL 2019 STANDINGS (ROUND 1)

  1. Erik Peabody (TBD) ― Contestant # 5 ― ACTIVE
  2. Peter Lalush (TBD) ― Contestant # 4 ― ACTIVE
  3. Jordan Walters (TBD) ― Contestant # 1 ― ACTIVE
  4. Paul J. McSorley (TBD) ― Contestant # 2 ― ACTIVE
  5. Déarbhla Klue (TBD) ― Contestant # 3 ― ACTIVE
  6. Jack Delmar (TBD) ― Contestant # 6 ― ACTIVE
  7. Luis Bermudez (TBD) ― Contestant # 7 ― ACTIVE
  8. AJ Ferraro (TBD) ― Contestant # 8 ― ACTIVE
  9. Albie Robles (TBD) ― Contestant # 11 ― ACTIVE
  10. Adam Odeh (TBD) ― Contestant # 14 ― ACTIVE
  11. Adam Dergiman (TBD) ― Contestant # 9 ― ACTIVE
  12. Redd Rios (TBD) ― Contestant # 12 ― ACTIVE
  13. Madame Raven (TBD) ― Contestant # 10 ― ACTIVE
  14. Kristyn Mass (TBD) ― Contestant # 13 ― ACTIVE
  15. Alex Hill-Knight (TBD) ― Contestant # 15 ― ACTIVE
  16. Ryan Aiko (TBD) ― Contestant # 16 ― ACTIVE
  17. Jeremiah Doyle (TBD) ― Contestant # 17 ― ACTIVE
  18. Danielle Hewitt (TBD) ― Contestant # 18 ― ACTIVE
  19. Stefan Johnston (TBD) ― Contestant # 21 ― ACTIVE
  20. Luke Penton (TBD) ― Contestant # 19 ― ACTIVE
  21. Henry Schrader (TBD) ― Contestant # 20 ― ACTIVE
  22. C.J. Barr (TBD) ― Contestant # 23 ― ACTIVE
  23. Kaylie Horowitz (TBD) ― Contestant # 22 ― ACTIVE
  24. Julio Cesar Miranda (TBD) ― Contestant # 24 ― ACTIVE
  25. Charles Watley (TBD) ― Contestant # 25 ― ACTIVE
  26. Chris Szeto-Joe (TBD) ― Contestant # 26 ― ACTIVE
  27. John Rogers (TBD) ― Contestant # 27 ― ACTIVE
  28. Duchess Dark (TBD) ― Contestant # 39 ― ACTIVE
  29. Zach Minute (TBD) ― Contestant # 28 ― ACTIVE
  30. Rob Davids (TBD) ― Contestant # 31 ― ACTIVE
  31. Adam Rosenbloom (TBD) ― Contestant # 29 ― ACTIVE
  32. Benjamin James (TBD) ― Contestant # 30 ― ACTIVE
  33. Vanessa Bonilla (TBD) ― Contestant # 32 ― ACTIVE

TOP 25 JUDGES PICKS (ROUND 1)

  1. C.J. Barr (TBD) ― Contestant # 23 ― ACTIVE
  2. Erik Peabody (TBD) ― Contestant # 5 ― ACTIVE
  3. Vanessa Bonilla (TBD) ― Contestant # 32 ― ACTIVE
  4. Redd Rios (TBD) ― Contestant # 12 ― ACTIVE
  5. Kaylie Horowitz (TBD) ― Contestant # 22 ― ACTIVE
  6. Peter Lalush (TBD) ― Contestant # 4 ― ACTIVE
  7. Madame Raven (TBD) ― Contestant # 10 ― ACTIVE
  8. Julio Cesar Miranda (TBD) ― Contestant # 24 ― ACTIVE
  9. Jordan Walters (TBD) ― Contestant # 1 ― ACTIVE
  10. Kristyn Mass (TBD) ― Contestant # 13 ― ACTIVE
  11. Charles Watley (TBD) ― Contestant # 25 ― ACTIVE
  12. Paul J. McSorley (TBD) ― Contestant # 2 ― ACTIVE
  13. Alex Hill-Knight (TBD) ― Contestant # 15 ― ACTIVE
  14. Chris Szeto-Joe (TBD) ― Contestant # 26 ― ACTIVE
  15. Déarbhla Klue (TBD) ― Contestant # 3 ― ACTIVE
  16. Ryan Aiko (TBD) ― Contestant # 16 ― ACTIVE
  17. John Rogers (TBD) ― Contestant # 27 ― ACTIVE
  18. Jack Delmar (TBD) ― Contestant # 6 ― ACTIVE
  19. Jeremiah Doyle (TBD) ― Contestant # 17 ― ACTIVE
  20. Duchess Dark (TBD) ― Contestant # 39 ― ACTIVE
  21. Luis Bermudez (TBD) ― Contestant # 7 ― ACTIVE
  22. Danielle Hewitt (TBD) ― Contestant # 18 ― ACTIVE
  23. Zach Minute (TBD) ― Contestant # 28 ― ACTIVE
  24. AJ Ferraro (TBD) ― Contestant # 8 ― ACTIVE
  25. Stefan Johnston (TBD) ― Contestant # 21 ― ACTIVE

TOP 25 FAN FAVORITES (ROUND 1)

  1. Charles Watley (96.97%) ― Contestant # 25 ― ACTIVE
  2. Déarbhla Klue (96.81%) ― Contestant # 3 ― ACTIVE
  3. Luis Bermudez (96.64%) ― Contestant # 7 ― ACTIVE
  4. Erik Peabody (96.59%) ― Contestant # 5 ― ACTIVE
  5. Danielle Hewitt (96.28%) ― Contestant # 18 ― ACTIVE
  6. Jack Delmar (95.03%) ― Contestant # 6 ― ACTIVE
  7. Kristyn Mass (94.73%) ― Contestant # 13 ― ACTIVE
  8. Adam Dergiman (94.59%) ― Contestant # 9 ― ACTIVE
  9. Paul J. McSorley (94.47%) ― Contestant # 2 ― ACTIVE
  10. C.J. Barr (94.03%) ― Contestant # 23 ― ACTIVE
  11. AJ Ferraro (89.74%) ― Contestant # 8 ― ACTIVE
  12. Julio Cesar Miranda (89.41%) ― Contestant # 24 ― ACTIVE
  13. Jeremiah Doyle (88.61%) ― Contestant # 17 ― ACTIVE
  14. Kaylie Horowitz (84.31%) ― Contestant # 22 ― ACTIVE
  15. Stefan Johnston (83.92%) ― Contestant # 21 ― ACTIVE
  16. Alex Hill-Knight (83.46%) ― Contestant # 15 ― ACTIVE
  17. Henry Schrader (83.42%) ― Contestant # 20 ― ACTIVE
  18. Albie Robles (77.14%) ― Contestant # 11 ― ACTIVE
  19. Ryan Aiko (75.77%) ― Contestant # 16 ― ACTIVE
  20. Peter Lalush (75.26%) ― Contestant # 4 ― ACTIVE
  21. Adam Odeh (75.16%) ― Contestant # 14 ― ACTIVE
  22. Madame Raven (74.93%) ― Contestant # 10 ― ACTIVE
  23. Redd Rios (73.34%) ― Contestant # 12 ― ACTIVE
  24. Luke Penton (68.30%) ― Contestant # 19 ― ACTIVE
  25. Jordan Walters (57.57%) ― Contestant # 1 ― ACTIVE

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED THRU

Sorry! Entries are now closed!

CONTEST LAUNCH DATE

Monday, October 7, 2019

ROUND 1 ENTRIES

ROUND 1 SCHEDULE AND RESULTS

Jordan WaltersACTIVE

Contestant # 1 | Entry Date: Monday, October 7, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjgrBTHrleQ
Audience Score: 57.57% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Paul J. McSorleyACTIVE

Contestant # 2 | Entry Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0al93ggs-pc
Audience Score: 94.47% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Déarbhla KlueACTIVE

Contestant # 3 | Entry Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKryT2JFZf4
Audience Score: 96.81% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Peter LalushACTIVE

Contestant # 4 | Entry Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE1vPNeNMyQ
Audience Score: 75.26% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Erik PeabodyACTIVE

Contestant # 5 | Entry Date: Friday, October 11, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRrQ3TE9Kk0
Audience Score: 96.59% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Jack DelmarACTIVE

Contestant # 6 | Entry Date: Monday, October 14, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9dgPFoWDvE
Audience Score: 95.03% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Luis BermudezACTIVE

Contestant # 7 | Entry Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QzQBbukNJM
Audience Score: 96.64% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

AJ FerraroACTIVE

Contestant # 8 | Entry Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ubr9fFB2psQ
Audience Score: 89.74% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Adam DergimanACTIVE

Contestant # 9 | Entry Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4RBV98vlzc
Audience Score: 94.59% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Madame RavenACTIVE

Contestant # 10 | Entry Date: Friday, October 18, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNlyUXLRC4c
Audience Score: 74.93% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Albie RoblesACTIVE

Contestant # 11 | Entry Date: Monday, October 21, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjIdzNA9kNY
Audience Score: 77.14% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Redd RiosACTIVE

Contestant # 12 | Entry Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvisg4t_How
Audience Score: 73.34% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Kristyn MassACTIVE

Contestant # 13 | Entry Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppjDRIvzJeY
Audience Score: 94.73% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Adam OdehACTIVE

Contestant # 14 | Entry Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjS8deHkUgA
Audience Score: 75.16% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Alex Hill-KnightACTIVE

Contestant # 15 | Entry Date: Friday, October 25, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixo2kNPPRu0
Audience Score: 83.46% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Ryan AikoACTIVE

Contestant # 16 | Entry Date: Monday, October 28, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcWe37k5NMU
Audience Score: 75.77% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Jeremiah DoyleACTIVE

Contestant # 17 | Entry Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv7yf863zRo
Audience Score: 88.61% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Danielle HewittACTIVE

Contestant # 18 | Entry Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC9vBVXzEwQ
Audience Score: 96.28% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Luke PentonACTIVE

Contestant # 19 | Entry Date: Thursday, October 31, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFzfuqfrvwo
Audience Score: 68.30% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Henry SchraderACTIVE

Contestant # 20 | Entry Date: Friday, November 1, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S14LhsXQ6A
Audience Score: 83.42% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Stefan JohnstonACTIVE

Contestant # 21 | Entry Date: Monday, November 4, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9Z5ZHDa6qA
Audience Score: 83.92% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Kaylie HorowitzACTIVE

Contestant # 22 | Entry Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep75krbGAOU
Audience Score: 84.31% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

C.J. BarrACTIVE

Contestant # 23 | Entry Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo9q7qsEP5E
Audience Score: 94.03% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Julio Cesar MirandaACTIVE

Contestant # 24 | Entry Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcOHMmUss4c
Audience Score: 89.41% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Charles WatleyACTIVE

Contestant # 25 | Entry Date: Friday, November 8, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZVFf4O-RHU
Audience Score: 96.97% • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Chris Szeto-JoeACTIVE

Contestant # 26 | Entry Date: Monday, November 11, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DtFZGSjfuM
Audience Score: TBD • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

John RogersACTIVE

Contestant # 27 | Entry Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E688csLTyS8
Audience Score: TBD • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Zach MinuteACTIVE

Contestant # 28 | Entry Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJKSbGFiyEk
Audience Score: TBD • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Adam RosenbloomACTIVE

Contestant # 29 | Entry Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P2CnMFOLyA
Audience Score: TBD • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Benjamin JamesACTIVE

Contestant # 30 | Entry Date: Friday, November 15, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MteqyFmQVnM
Audience Score: TBD • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Rob DavidsACTIVE

Contestant # 31 | Entry Date: Monday, November 18, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: TBD
Audience Score: TBD • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Vanessa BonillaACTIVE

Contestant # 32 | Entry Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: TBD
Audience Score: TBD • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

Duchess DarkACTIVE

Contestant # 39 | Entry Date: Thursday, November 28, 2019

Listen now on YouTube: TBD
Audience Score: TBD • Judging Panel Score: TBD • Final Score: TBD

REQUIREMENTS

✦ Applicants can be any age, gender, or sex, and can be of any nationality.

✦ Prior voice acting experience is NOT required!

✦ Those who competed (or auditioned) previously but who have not become members of our roster are welcome to compete this year.

✦ Applicants must have the ability to record clean, clear audio, unsupported by sound effects or music, to be sent to us in either .WAV or 320 kbps MP3 format via a dependable service such as DropBox or Google Drive.

✦ Applicants are welcome to use any recording device of your choice. However, please note: although contestants are being judged on their performance, enthusiasm and interest in becoming a part of our team, and not on the quality of your recording device itself, those lacking the ability to record, at minimum, clean, clear audio will be at a serious disadvantage in the contest itself.

✦ All applicants must provide: a sample reading, between 4-5 minutes in duration, of a narrative of their choice, as an example of their audio quality and acting abilities. We will not select your sample piece for you, and it needn’t be horror-related at this stage.  NOTE: The 4-5 minute sample reading is for demonstration purposes only, and will not be published publicly in any way.

HOW TO ENTER

✦ Record your 4-5 minute audition and save it in .WAV or 320 kbps MP3 format, and upload to Google Drive or DropBox, and copy the sharing link

✦ Compose an email to director Craig Groshek at craig [at] chillingtalesfordarknights.com with the subject line: EVIL IDOL 2019 Application. To be considered, send your email no later than the end of the day (CST) on September 27, 2019.

✦ In the email, include 1) a link to your audio submission, 2) your legal name, 3) a high quality profile photo of yourself, and 4) your preferred contact details. NOTE: Your legal name will not be used or released publicly without your consent in the event you prefer to be identified by a stage name, so please communicate your preferences to the director upon submission. 

✦ All entrants will be notified by the director by the end of the day on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 regarding whether or not they will be accepted into this year’s competition.

INFORMATION ABOUT CASH PRIZES

In order to foster cooperation and good sportsmanship among contestants, as well as to provide incentives to promote and share one’s own entries and the competition as a whole (with friends and family, on social media, and elsewhere), all participants in the 2019 competition will be required to adhere to several guidelines in order to become (and remain) eligible for cash prizes.

All active participants, at minimum, are expected to share their own individual entries across social media and/or forums, including the hash-tag #EvilIdol2019 in all postings, as well as to respond to comments, critiques, and criticisms of their performance on their respective entry on YouTube, using a dedicated account with their same name as used in the contest associated with it.

Participants are also encouraged to share the entire competition, as a whole, on a weekly basis, via linking to the official contest playlist, and reminding friends, family and followers of their participation, and encouraging everyone to vote.

Should all requirements be met, applicants who are granted entry into the competition will be eligible for cash prizes in the following amounts, which will be disbursed upon completion of the competition and paid via PayPal to an account of their choice:

  • $25 awarded upon acceptance into the competition (50 competitors)
  • $50 upon advancement to the 2nd round (25 competitors)
  • $75 upon advancement to the 3rd round (10 competitors)
  • $100 upon advancement to the 4th and final round (5 competitors)
  • $500 upon winning of the competition (1 competitor)

The grand prize winner of the contest, following completion of all 4 rounds, will win a one-time cash prize of $500 USD, which will be sent to them via PayPal to an account of their choice.  Runners-up will not receive any final placement prize other than the $100 for making it to the final round.

HOW THE CONTEST WILL WORK IN 2019

Once accepted into the contest, competitors will be asked to record a story in the horror genre of their choice which is, at minimum, 10 minutes in duration, spoken word (approximately 1,500 words or more). The story may be a classic in the public domain, or a modern tale for which they have acquired written permission to utilize (contestants who require assistance with this may reach out to CTFDN director Craig Groshek for help).

The initial recordings will be utilized for Round 1 of the Evil Idol 2019 competition, and will be posted in full to our YouTube channel, where the public will be allowed to voice their opinion of the entry with either an up or down vote. Voting will be allowed for one week per entry. At the close of voting, the up-to-down-vote ratio (not the total number of up-votes) will be calculated as a percentage score, and will comprise 30% of each contestant’s final weighted score.

In addition to public voting, a judging panel comprising current CTFDN voice talent (including several veterans and former Evil Idol contestants now part of the team) will critique and score each contestant.  Their collective average score will comprise 70% of each contestant’s final weighted score.

Following the scoring of contestants by both the public and the panel of judges, each contestant will be provided written feedback on their entry (by the members of the judging panel) and their final score, and will be ranked relative to one another according to that score. The top 25 contestants as based on these rankings from Round 1 will advance to Round 2.

The same process will be repeated in the 3rd round, with 10 contestants advancing from the 2nd round.

The same process will be repeated in the 4th and final round, with 5 contestants advancing from the 3rd round. A single winner will emerge at the conclusion of the contest.

Each eligible contestant will be awarded any prize money owed to them within 60 days of the conclusion of the Evil Idol 2019 competition (see the section regarding cash prizes for more information on the amounts).