Reno “Rodeo Idol” Contest Returns February 15

Hopeful Singers Compete for Invitation to Sing the National Anthem at the 2016 Reno Rodeo

RENO, Nev. (February 11, 2016) – The Reno Rodeo’s “Rodeo Idol” contest returns for the second year in a row, starting Monday, Feb. 15. Rodeo Idol enables community members to compete for a chance to sing the National Anthem on one night of the “Wildest, Richest, Rodeo in the West,” June 16-25, 2016. The competition finals will be held at Gilley’s inside the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks on April 27.

During the first phase of the competition, contestants are asked to post videos of themselves singing the national anthem to the Reno Rodeo Facebook page. These video submissions will be collected beginning Feb. 15 through March 15. From those submissions the top candidates will be selected and announced on the Reno Rodeo Facebook page where they will then enter a public voting phase. From Sunday, March 20 – Friday, April 15 the public can vote and help their favorite candidate make it to the next round of judging by “liking” the post.

The top 10 finalists will then take the stage at Gilley’s Wednesday, April 27 at 8 p.m. for the final round of the Reno Rodeo’s “Rodeo Idol” contest. Each finalist will perform a song of their choice as well as the National Anthem and a panel of judges will select six singers to perform the National Anthem during the 2016 Reno Rodeo.

In addition to the honor of singing our National Anthem at the 2016 Reno Rodeo, selected singers will also receive four tickets to that night’s performance, sponsors room tickets for dinner and more.

With more than $2 million in prize money up for grabs, top professional cowboys and cowgirls will come to town June 16-25, 2016 to compete in the 97th annual Reno Rodeo, known across the country as the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West.”

Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at the Lawlor Events Center box office. For ticket information only, call 775-784-4444. To order tickets by phone, call 800-325-7328.

About the Reno Rodeo
The Reno Rodeo is a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) sanctioned sporting event, and one of the top five rodeos in North America. Reno Rodeo is a non-profit organization made up of over 500 volunteers. This year’s Reno Rodeo is scheduled for June 16-25, 2016. Competition includes bareback, team roping, saddle bronc, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, women’s barrel racing and bull riding. Like Reno Rodeo on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or for more information on the Reno Rodeo, visit