A New Jersey tradition continues: Rutgers Football presents the Big Joe Jersey Talent Show.

This year one grand prize winner goes home with an amazing prize, including a Serial 1 E-bike courtesy of At Home Recreation; a professional video and multi-location photo shoot by Gellman Images; and $1,000 from Rob Dekanski at RE/MAX 1st Advantage.

Bring your beach chair and come out to see the very best local amateur talent compete for fabulous prizes in New Jersey's biggest talent show!

The big show happens every week until Aug. 28. It kicks off on the beach at Jenkinson’s in Point Pleasant Beach on June 26.

All shows start at 7 p.m. at Jenkinson's on 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach.


Don't miss the finals of the Big Joe Jersey Talent Show on August 28 at 7:00 pm.  Ten contestants will compete for over $13,000 in prizes and the title of Big Joe Jersey Talent Show Grand Champion 2022.  Celebrity judges include Jeff Norris, Lisa Sherman and Steve Trevelise!


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

For registration and consideration in the Big Joe Jersey Talent Show, contestants must submit one :30 video of the performance with the form provided above 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 rain date which will be the following Monday night, the semi-final round(s) and the finals. A full calendar of those dates can be found in the registration form. Failure to attend any round of competition will result in forfeiture of any future performance.

Contestants must electronically submit audio without vocal tracks to the Talent Show Coordinator no later than 3:00 PM on the Thursday prior to their scheduled performance.    Background vocals are acceptable.  No CDs, cassettes, iPods, iPads or cell phones apps will be accepted on performance date.  Song submissions will not be accepted on performance dates.  All audio is reviewed for quality and content prior to the performance date.  Once submitted, audio cannot be changed, unless it is found to be unusable, or unfit for live performances.  No profanity or offensive material will be accepted.  No lip syncing. No more than 2 performers for any act. No Bands.  Deadline for entries is 11:59 PM, Friday, June 24, 2022.

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

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 $2,000 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-FM will schedule all performances and notify contestants of the performance dates. All scheduled contestant must be present and register at the NJ 101.5 table no later than 6:15 p.m. on day of the show.  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, postponements or cancellations.  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 Sunday evening beginning June 26, 2022 at 7:00 PM EST on the beach at Jenkinson's Boardwalk, 300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742.  Weekly winners from performances on June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14 and August 21 will advance to the Finals on  August 28.    Total number of finalists will be based on the number of performers selected to advance each week.

In the event of inclement weather, the competition may be moved to the following Monday at the same time.  If the event cannot be held on the following Monday evening, due to scheduling conflicts or other unforeseen circumstances, contestants will be contacted by the Talent Show Coordinator to reschedule for a later date.  NJ 101.5 will make every effort to maintain the schedule above but may alter the schedule due to inclement weather throughout the season.

Previous Grand Champion winners of The Big Joe Jersey Talent Show are not eligible.

New Jersey 101.5 WKXW-FM 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 to move on to the wild card round and/or semi-finals. Winners from the semi-finals will go on to compete in the finals. There will be only ONE Grand Champion winner. There is no compensation for second or third place contestants.

All decisions of New Jersey 101.5 WKXW-FM, 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.

Prizes for the 2022 Big Joe Talent Show include  a professional music video and multi-location photographic shoot courtesy of Gary Gellman of Gellman Images (Retail Value $5,000), $1000, payable by check from Rob Dekanski/ReMax 1st Advantage and a Serial 1 Rush CTY E-bike valued at $7300.00 courtesy of At Home Recreation. Grand Prize Value $13,300.00.

To see the full schedule check out our events calendar by clicking here!

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