Rodeo Rockstar

Rodeo Rockstar began in 2012. The competition is free and open to non-professional singers. Contestants submit an audition video on YouTube in January. The public then votes online to select the top 20 applicants who will compete in a Preliminary and Final Round during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™.

Rodeo Rockstar includes a Junior and Senior division. Contestants in the Junior division range in age from 6 to 15 years old, and Senior division contestant range in age from 16 to 21 years old.

2017 Rodeo Rockstar Semifinalists

More than 47,000 votes were cast online in the public voting portion of the 2017 Rodeo Rockstar contest, Jan. 27 – Feb. 12, 2017. Below are the top 10 contestants in each division moving forward to perform in the live semifinal round, which will be held at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, on the Stars Over Texas Stage at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™. The public is encouraged to come cheer on these Rodeo Rockstar hopefuls — access to the stage is free with NRG Park Admission.


Event Date
Entries Open Dec. 2, 2016 – Jan. 6, 2017
Online Voting Open Jan. 27 – Feb. 12, 2017
Semifinal Round Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Final Round Tuesday, March 21, 2017


The Preliminary and Final rounds are judged lived during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™.

  • Cowboy Dave – The Morning Bull on 100.3 The Bull
  • Joey Guerra – Houston Chronicle, Music Critic
  • Phil Nudelman – RodeoHouston® Concert Video Director


  • $500 check from Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™
  • Full day in recording studio with Stormy Cooper Media
  • Performance in 2018 Downtown Rodeo Parade