The semi-final round of the Queen Extravaganza competition kicks off today (Nov. 9), with fan voting deciding who moves on to the finals in December. Entries submitted so far from various hopefuls have earned over 6.4 million YouTube views, leaving drummer Roger Taylor feeling optimistic about who will carry on his band’s legacy in 2012. “What an amazing storehouse of talent we have unlocked,” he said in a press release. “The standard is mind blowingly high, it’s really a thrill getting to discover some of them, keep them coming!”
In round two, each vocalist and musician will have to perform a track specific to their instrument. The next Freddy Mercury will have to sing ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love,’ Roger Taylor’s chosen one will keep pace with ‘One Vision,’ the next Bass playing John Deacon will take on ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ and Brian May’s replacement will audition with ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ or ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ depending on if he or she is auditioning as a guitarist or keyboard player.
The official Queen Extravaganza website reveals contestants have a small window during which to upload their entry. Each will have just five days, Nov. 9-13, to submit, and afterward it will be up to fans to decide who moves on. Voters can vote once per category before Nov. 28. Afterwards, top vote getters will move to the finals in Los Angeles in early December.
The Queen Extravaganza Tour will launch in 2012, featuring three vocalists and a five-piece band. No dates or cities have been announced for that tour.
Queen received the Global Icon Award and was joined by ex-American Idol contestant Adam Lambert for a spectacular performance at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Nov. . The crowd at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena roared as Lambert, dressed head to toe in black leather, crooned a medley of the band’s classic hits “Show Must Go On,” “We Will Rock You,” and “We Are the Champions.”
In celebration of Queen’s 40th Anniversary, band members Brian May and Roger Taylor along with guest judges, Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson, Queen’s resident sound engineer and sound producer are inviting musicians to remix the hit song ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’. One winner will be invited to the prestigious and globally acclaimed Metropolis Studios in London – the same studio where Queen famously recorded many of their hit albums including ‘Made In Heaven’ and ‘Innuendo’.
In addition, the winner will receive:
•Global exposure for having their remix featured and promoted across Queen’s social media channels and queenonline.com
•’Days Of Our Lives’ Blu-Ray
•’Live at Wembley Stadium’ Deluxe DVD
•’40 Years of Queen’ Book
•Signed copy of ‘Jazz’
•’Deep Cuts’ – Volumes 1, 2, and 3.
•Avid ‘Pro Tools 10 + M Box’
There’s also prizes for second and third place, so get in on the contest here.