Are you interested in our Karaoke Contest? Please familiarize yourself with the following rules!
-Signups will be at the Karaoke Box from the time the convention opens on Saturday until 12:30.
-As in previous years, we will be selecting contestants by lottery. There will be up to 25 contestants this year, drawn from the pool of signups. This is determined by a randomization function performed on a spreadsheet of entries, so it is completely random.
-Your song must be from an anime, a video game, Jpop, Jrock, or some other Japanese/Asian source.
-To prevent a situation where the same song gets sung four or five times in the contest, no more than 2 groups may perform the same song. (We determine sameness.)
When you sign up, you must have your music to give to us. It must be on a CD. A CD makes things simple. A CD is guaranteed to work. There will be no exceptions to this rule. You do not have to leave the CD with us, as we will pull the track from the CD when you sign up.
(If you have an MP3 player and the cords to connect it to a computer, we’ll give it a shot!)
-Once you are signed up, you are signed up. No revisions are permitted.
-If you would like to perform but not compete, we will let you sing while the judges tabulate the scores. The 3 minute rule still applies.
This section should address all of the questions we’ve gotten over the years concerning instruments.
The use of instruments is permitted, subject to the following:
- We do not provide electricity for you to plug in amplifiers, nor do we allow or provide for you to hook your instrument into the sound system. This could cause undue complication and for this reason it is not allowed.
- If you require amplification for your instrument, one of the microphones on stage can be adjusted to the proper height for your instrument.
- We are fairly open to whatever instruments you want to use on stage. However, anything that requires complicated setup is not recommended, as we only give you a few seconds before starting your music.
By 1pm, we will have a list of everyone in the contest posted outside of Con Ops. Check the sheet to see if you got in! If you’re in, meet up at the signup table by 1:30pm so we can get y’all situated before the contest. Even if you are not in the 25 selected to perform, you may still get a chance at competition if a selected contestant is absent.
The contest begins at 2pm on Saturday.
Each contestant will have 3 minutes to perform. Do not worry if your song is longer than 3 minutes, we will fade you out at the 3 minute mark.
If you need to adjust a microphone for your instrument, you will be given a few seconds to get that done.
Before your song, you may have a few seconds to say something like “This song goes out to my mom”,etc.
YOU DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR YOUR SINGING. EVER.
While performing, you are bound by these guidelines:
-Your clothing must remain on. If you toss off your jacket or a hat, no biggie. If shirts or pants start coming off, you are outta here. A good rule of thumb is that you may expose no more skin than was exposed when you came on stage.
-You must remain on the stage during your performance. Falling off is one thing. Jumping off intentionally is another. Guess which one gets you disqualified? (PROTIP: It’s the latter.)
-You must cause no damage to any of the equipment, tables, chairs, audience members, etc. Guess what ignoring this incurs? That’s right, disqualification!
-All other AZ policies and rules apply.
The contest will be judged by a panel of judges, good and true, who will assign you points based on your ability to carry a tune, your ability to get by with the language your song is in, and your ability to get the audience into your performance (e.g. Getting them clapping with peppy songs and swaying to slow songs, etc.)
Prize Categories are as follows:
These categories are determined by scores and the judges’ deliberation.
There is also the coveted Salmon Award!
ARE YOU READY TO SING YOUR HEART OUT? IS YOURS THE SONG THAT WILL PIERCE THE HEAVENS? COME SIGN UP FOR THE KARAOKE CONTEST AND FIND OUT!