With just one month to go before Access Sacramento‘s 2nd annual benefit talent show “Sacramento Has Talent,” two spots were awarded to singers who auditioned Saturday during a live TV performance showcasing some of our area’s best undiscovered performers.

Mikayla Brim (left) and Rebecca Peters win spots in the "Sacramento Has Talent" stage show from Access Sacramento.

Mikayla Brim (left) and Rebecca Peters win spots in the “Sacramento Has Talent” stage show from Access Sacramento.

Sacramento’s Micayla Brim and Rebecca Peters will appear on The Crest Theatre stage on April 10 for a fund raiser that benefits Access Sacramento’s Neighborhood News Youth Correspondent Training Program. Tickets are available from Tickets.com.

Two dozen singers stepped up to the microphone in a morning qualifying round that yielded 10 semi-finalists who returned for a 1:00 p.m. call-back audition that aired on Access Sacramento’s public access cable channel.

Open Audition Show host Chris Emery interviewed the 10 semi-finalists before each had 60-90 seconds to convince the judges they have what it takes to earn a spot on the main stage.

Show judges rated each performer on vocal quality, pitch, interpretation and stage presence. The volunteer judges are all talent scouts and entertainment representatives from the Sacramento area:  Steve Bloom from Hip Entertainment in Rancho Murieta, Jerry Perry from Jerry Perry Presents, Sacramento and Jon Wayne of Dancing Pros, El Dorado Hills.

Throughout the morning, social media tracking of the event was available on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SacTalent. Attendees at the April 10 benefit will also be encouraged to use social media, and a in-show polling technology is being considered for generating feedback for the performers at The Crest Theatre.

Sacramento Has Talent Judges (from Left) Steve Bloom, Jerry Perry, non-judge Access Sacramento board member Simone Vianna and Jon Wayne.

Sacramento Has Talent Judges (from Left) Steve Bloom, Jerry Perry, non-judge Access Sacramento board member Simone Vianna and Jon Wayne.

The live Open Audition television show, directed by instructor Roniecia Harris, utilized students in Access Sacramento’s regular TV production class as the technical crew.  After completing a six week training class, students are required to get experience in at least two studio productions in order to become “certified” and to be able to use the TV studio free of charge to create their own TV programs.

The qualifying auditions were covered by two local TV morning news shows including Mike Carroll of KCRA NewsChannel 3, and Cambi Brown of Good Morning, Sacramento on KMAX-31.

Access Sacramento is a non-profit 501(c)3 foundation that operates two cable television channels and provided television, radio and internet training and equipment resources to residents of Sacramento County under primary funding from the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission.

Several of the two dozen singers who tried out during Access Sacramento's Open Audition for the "Sacramento Has Talent" stage show.

Several of the two dozen singers who tried out during Access Sacramento’s Open Audition for the “Sacramento Has Talent” stage show.