On May 25th, 2013, contestants in the South Bend region auditioned at the Kroc Center for WNIT's new program "Michiana's Rising Star." Five finalists were chosen.
- Suzi Carpenter
- I Am Band
- Johnny and Sallie Show
- Gracie Schutz
- Laura Whidden
The Lerner Theatre in Elkhart will be the next regional host on Saturday, June 8 from 10am to 5pm. The event is free and open to the public.
The top performers from each of the five regions will then compete at the WNIT studio each evening from Sunday, July 28 through Friday, August 2, to determine the grand prize winner and "Michiana's Rising Star." Said WNIT's Vice President for Production Angel Hernandez, "We've received over 135 entrants from all over our broadcast area. This is going to be an exciting and fun event!"