World Championships of Performing Arts Competition (August 6-12)
LOS ANGELES—The 2006 World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA), the international competition for upcoming talented performing artists called Worldstars that will draw competitors from more than 50 countries, will take place on Aug. 6 to Aug. 12 at three venues: Burbank Hilton, The Beverly Garland Inn and The Hollywood Palladium.

Talent agencies, casting agents, top music composers, and other industry representatives have been invited. According to WCOPA President and founder Griff O’Neil, past winners of WCOPA have also been invited to perform—including Filipino Jed Madela, last year’s Grand Champion.

There are six (6) individual competition categories: dancing, singing, modeling, acting, instrumentals and variety divided by two age divisions: “Junior” – ages 15 and under, and “Seniors” – ages 16 and over.

Popular television personality and three-time Emmy winner, Bob Eubanks, will host the Opening Ceremonies featuring the colorful Parade of Nations at the famed Hollywood Palladium on Sunday, August 6, 2006.

4,500 acts are narrowed to the “best of the best” for the spectacular Finals, which will also be held at the Hollywood Palladium, on Saturday, August 12, 2006, adjudicated by a Celebrity/VIP panel of judges crowning the “Junior and Senior Grand Champion performers of the World.”

Michael Copon, one of PEOPLE Magazine’s 50 hottest bachelors (currently on the N Channel’s new television series “Beyond the Break,” a former Blue Power Ranger, and was on WB’s “One Tree Hill” and grand winner of VH1’s “But Can They Sing”) emcees the bravura Final Gala contest at the Hollywood Palladium. Last year, he was one of the WCOPA Achievement Award honorees.

The grand prize at the Olympics is the “gold” symbolizing excellence! The coveted prize at the WCOPA is also the “gold” plus $50,000 in scholarships to the School for Film and Television in New York are awarded.

As a tribute to some of the role models in the industry, the Achievement Award Honorees this year who will be inducted into the Performing Arts Hall of Fame are music arranger Gordon Harrell, CSM producer Shele Sondheim, and upcoming talent Randy Wayne.

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Randy Wayne ("Sons & Daughters," "The Daylight's End," "The Dukes of Hazard: The Beginning") will be inducted the WCOPA Achievement Award at the Hollywood Palladium during the 2006 WCOPA.