Contestants on Star Search competed in several genres of entertainment. While categories varied slightly from season to season, the seven basic categories were:
Junior Vocalist (seasons vary, but has been part of the show since the beginning)
Potential contestants audition to be on the show. If selected, they will compete. In each category, two people compete, a champion and a challenger. Usually the challenger performs first, while the champion performs second. In later seasons, the champion performs first.