Reality Rally ramps up for Lip Sync contest in 2016

Lip Sync – the time honored tradition of silently belting out lyrics to your favorite songs – has been mocked, touted, and now once again is thrilling audiences on televisions across the nation. From Channing Tatum’s recent “Lip Sync Battle” performance of “Let it Go” in full Elsa costume – complete with dancing snowflakes, to Jimmy Fallon’s comedic antics on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” one thing is certain, fans still love to watch a good celebrity showdown to an array of tunes.

If you’ve ever dreamed of joining a celebrity sing-off, some of the world’s favorite Reality Television Stars will descend upon Temecula for the 2016 Reality Rally Celebrity versus Public Lip Sync Showdown.

Survivor Gabon contestant and Reality Rally founder, Gillian Larson is always looking for ways to have “fun for funds” and joining the popular lip sync band-wagon is the next phase for this annual, international reality star fundraiser held in Temecula each year.

“Jimmy Fallon and Spike TV’s ‘Lip Sync Battle’ with LL Cool J have both made lip sync hot again,” Larson said. “We are definitely riding that wave with our new Lip Sync contest.”

Contestants must be at least 14-years-old, two or more performers with a maximum of eight can compete per entry and any genre of music is allowed, however no profanity or suggestive lyrics will be accepted, per the rules of the event.

“There are four different dates for auditioning,” she said. “Online auditions are also encouraged, and can be submitted via YouTube video.

The first of four auditions will be held Sunday, Jan. 17, at The Cave at Oak Mountain Winery from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and will be run like an “America’s Got Talent” show, complete with auditions. Follow up auditions will take place at The Merc at the Old Town Community Theater Saturday, Jan. 23, Temecula Valley High School for high school students (which will be live streamed) Sunday, Feb. 21, and at Promenade Temecula Friday, Feb. 26.

Performers must bring the CD they wish to use and proper costuming and wardrobe is encouraged. No set up time will be given for elaborate props, and all must be removed from the stage following your performance.

“We are offering the opportunity to anyone who has always wanted to perform and have fun,” Larson said. “Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center is once again the beneficiary for the contest.”

Many people will be able to perform and be judged by a panel of expert judges, vying for a “pink ticket” to send them to the final show.

“The finals will be held during Reality Rally at Pala Mesa Golf Resort from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 7, 2016,” Larson said.

The live streamed Reality Rally Lip Sync Showdown will be a Celebrity versus Public competition.

“Judges will score each contestant based upon entertainment factor, costuming, props, knowing the lyrics, as well as general fun in the performance,” Larson said.

The minimal entry fee of $10 per contestant and all are invited to watch for free, according to Larson.

For full information, audition ticket sales, visit www.RealityRally.com and click on Lip Sync for entry and rules. There will be no walk-up Lip Sync performances permitted.

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