The talent contest did a number of important things to inject energy into interPLAY:
- It gave many people a reason to be on site at the start of the first and second days of the festival, including participants, parents, relatives and friends. The main stage area became a hotbed of activity by the the time the Homegrown Talent Search began at noon.
- It provided great energy at the end of the festival on Sunday, as the finals became one of the most anticipated and attended event of the weekend.
- It gave relatively unknown talent a venue to share their gifts with a wider audience.