A New Jersey tradition continues: the Big Joe Jersey Talent Show on the beach at  Jenkinson's in Point Pleasant Beach!

This year's competition is bigger and better than ever with a cash prize for $2000, a brand new Hallet, Davis & Co. Professional upright piano from Worldwide Piano in Edison and a 2012 Honda Civic LX from Open Road Honda for our grand prize winner to be awarded on Sunday, September 2.

Contestants will compete in 3 categories: juniors age 5-12, teens are 13-17 and adults age 18+.

The competition begins on Sunday, June 17, rain or shine.

The period for accepting entries is now closed. Our Talent Show staff will be reviewing the entries and contacting contestants to schedule a date for them to perform.


This year's Talent Show will have a Wild Card round on August 12 to allow contestants an extra chance to make the final rounds. All contestants should be available on the following dates: August 12 (Wild Card), August 19 and 26 (Semi finals) and September 2

Directions to Jenkinson's


Full time New Jersey Residents only; proof of residency may be required.

For registration and consideration in the Big Joe Jersey Talent Show, contestants must submit one :30 video of the performance to the link provided below to New Jersey 101.5 FM. The :30 video must contain the act/song/performance that contestant(s) will be performing at The Big Joe Jersey Talent Show. The staff at New Jersey 101.5 will select the acts and schedule them for the qualifying round. New Jersey 101.5 will notify all contestants via e-mail and/or cell phone regarding the status of selection. Contestants may register ONLY ONCE. Contestants MUST be available on the scheduled date of the initial performance, the wild card round, the semi-final round(s) and the finals. A full calendar of those dates can be found in the registration form. Failure to miss any round of competition will result in forfeiture of any future performance.

Contestants must provide own music on CD form without vocal tracks; background vocals are acceptable. (Certain CD’S recorded or downloaded from home computers may not be suitable for the sound system provided at contest. It is suggested an additional copy of the CD be made available the day of the performance.) No leading vocals. No cassettes, no I-Pods, I-Pads or phone apps will be accepted. No lip synching. No more than 2 performers for any act. No Bands.

In the interest of repetitiveness, no Patriotic songs such as the "Star Spangled Banner" & "God Bless America.”

No performer will be accepted that has or has had a recording or any type of performance contract, or agent representative agreement. No professional performers will be accepted. Performers may have received financial compensation or remuneration in the total amount of $2500.00 for all performances where compensated. Grand prize winners of other New Jersey Talent Shows are not eligible.

All contestants may only perform once in the qualifying round. Acts are limited to 2 minutes 30 seconds for each performance throughout the competition. New Jersey 101.5 WKXW will schedule all performances and notify contestants of the performance dates. All scheduled contestant must be present and check in before 6:15pm sharp day of the show. Failure to show up by 6:15pm forfeits contestant participating for that scheduled show and for the entire season. Contestants should allow extra time for summer traffic and parking concerns.

Cell phone numbers will be required to contact the performers in case of last minute changes. The cell phone number of a parent/guardian of any performers under 18 is required.

The Big Joe Jersey Talent Show will be held each week rain or shine. In the event of rain, the contest will be held inside Jenkinson’s Pavilion on the scheduled night (In the back of the nightclub on the main stage).

Performers will compete in one of 2 groups randomly assigned prior to the night's competition.

Previous group winners and Grand Champion winners of The Big Joe Jersey Talent Show are not eligible for future participation.

New Jersey 101.5 WKXW reserves the right to exclude any contestant(s) deemed unacceptable or inappropriate. Any and all acts performed at the Big Joe Jersey Talent Show must be in good taste and suitable for family audiences. Any talent performer not adhering to this will be automatically disqualified and will be banned from performing at any future Talent Shows or station events.

Each qualifying week will have at least one contestant selected from each group to move on to the semi-finals. Winners from the semi-finals will go on to compete in the finals. Prizes, will be limited and only one overall winner will win the Grand Prize.

All decisions of New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio, including judging of all qualifying performances, semi-finals and final competitions are final. New Jersey 101.5 station management reserves the right to change or amend the rules concerning contestant participation of the Big Joe Talent Show at any time. By participating in the "New Jersey 101.5 Big Joe Jersey Talent Show,” contestants agree to conform to the above rules as well as those stated by Townsquare Media. Void where prohibited by law. One prize winner per household. Only individuals who have not won a prize, excluding consolation prizes or non-grand prizes, awarded to all qualifying contestants in other contests from WKXW-FM Radio in the sixty (60) days prior to each individual contest day are eligible to win on that day. Employees of individual prize sponsors, Townsquare Media, and their affiliate companies, advertising agencies, and their immediate families are not eligible to play or win. Winner is solely responsible for all applicable taxes. Prize sponsors are entirely responsible for the prizes, including their quality, service, and valid dates for redemption. Odds of winning depend on the total number of participants. Station reserves the right to broadcast audio, photos and video or otherwise publish the names and likeness of all contestants. Judging shall be the responsibility of WKXW-FM Radio. Station reserves the right to alter contest rules including, but not limited to, the dates of the contest. Complete rules are available for inspection during regular business hours at the offices of WKXW-FM Radio, 109 Walters Ave., Trenton, New Jersey.

We look forward to seeing you every Sunday night this summer at Jenkinson's with Big Joe Henry and NJ101.5!