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Here’s everything you need to know about the Voice of Youth auditions

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the planned auditions for Parris Goebel’s ‘Voice of Youth’ in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch have been postponed until further notice.


Registered participants will receive an email with our next update by the end of May when we hope the situation will be clearer.


Frequently Asked Questions:


Q: How old do I have to be to audition?

A: 16 to 18-years; you need to be at least 16 years old on the 1st January 2020 and can be 18 years old at the time of auditions.


Q: What if you’re 18 for the audition, but 19 years old when Expo starts?

A: You may audition if you’re 16, 17 or 18 years of age at the time of auditions and if successful, perform in Dubai although you have turned 19.


Q: What should I bring to the audition?

A: Please bring ID, your own drink bottle (the venues will have drinking water available), snacks and a light lunch. Please ensure you bring a bag that is well named to keep all your belongings together.


Q: What should I wear to audition?

A: Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers (no heels allowed in venues). Ensure your items are well named.


Q: What am I not allowed to bring to auditions?

A: Please do not bring any valuables. Refer to specific venue websites for what is not allowed in venue if you have any queries. Participants are not allowed to film the auditions.


Q: Is it just hip-hop dance that Parris is looking for?

A: No, Parris is looking for talented individuals across all dance and performance mediums however hip-hop is the style that will be taught at the auditions.


Q: How long will auditions be?

A: You should expect to be at the venue for an entire morning or afternoon depending on which audition you are attending. If you progress through the auditions, you could be at the venue for 3 to 6 hours.


Dance: Registration from 8am-9am. Auditions from 9am – 1pm.

Singing: Registration from 11am – 12pm. Auditions from 12pm – 3pm.


Q: How will the dance auditions work?

A: You will be taught a dance routine in groups and be asked to perform this.


Q: How will the singing auditions work?

A: Please bring a selected piece of a song to perform acapella.


Q: Can I bring an instrument to use for my singing audition?

A: The only instrument that will be allowed for the auditions is a guitar.


Q: Who will be selecting?

A: Parris Goebel has an experienced panel of performing arts teachers that will be selecting.


Q: Will I be filmed?

A: Yes, there will be a film crew at auditions, by registering you are giving permission for us to film you and use the footage.


Q: Can I bring a support person to auditions?

A: Yes. Please limit this to one person as space will be tight. They will not be able to view auditions or be in the holding areas.


Q: Will Parris be teaching us herself?

A: Parris’ assistants will be teaching the routine for dance.


Q: When will the selections be announced and how?

A: After all auditions, the selection panel will then take all video footage and make final decisions. If successful, you will be contacted directly by May 2020.


Q: Do I need a passport?

A: Yes, you will need a valid passport. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the United Arab Emirates (January 2021). You must also meet all requirements to be able to obtain a visa for the United Arab Emirates.


Q: Do I need to have a New Zealand passport to apply?

A: This opportunity is open to New Zealand Citizens and New Zealand Permanent Residents.


Q: When is the travel and how long for?

A: If you are successful there will be domestic travel for rehearsals on the following dates (if not based in Auckland):

  • 13-17th July 2020

  • 28th September – 2nd October 2020

  • 3rd January – 14th January (Dates TBC)

International travel to Dubai for the performance:

  • 14th – 20th January 2021

Q. Do I need my parents' permission?

A: If selected, a permission form signed by parents will be required.


Q. Who will look after my child while in Dubai?

A: Experienced chaperones will be accompanying the selected group to Dubai. There will be a full briefing for those selected.


Q. What costs will be covered?

A. You will need to cover your costs associated with travelling to the audition venues. If selected, flights, accommodation and meals will be covered – more detailed information will be provided at the time.


Q: Where can I view travel information about the United Arab Emirates?

A: For travel information related to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, please refer to the Safe Travel website here. It is recommended that you register your international travel on Safe Travel.