Preliminary Rounds

Want to be the next Kawaii Kon rockstar? Enter Kawaii Kon’s Karaoke Kompetition for your chance to make it to the big time (at least at our show)!

There will be a total of three preliminary rounds before the convention, all of which are open to the public.

LOCATION/DATES/TIMES of Rounds are as follows:

1. January 18, 2015 - 3:30pm - 6pm (NOCTURNA LOUNGE)

2. February 15, 2015 - 10:30am - 1pm (Orvis Auditorium)

3. March 15, 2015 - 3:30pm - 6pm (NOCTURNA LOUNGE)

For the rounds at Nocturna Lounge, no sign up form is necessary. You may choose any song from their song bank that is family friendly. (Kawaii Kon has the same soundbank that can be used during the Semi-Finals and Final rounds at the convention). If you would like to sing a song not found in the soundbank, please bring the song on a flashdrive. It is preferred and suggested that you choose a song from their soundbank. All rounds are all ages. The bar will be closed during the preliminary rounds

>> Song Bank << 

For the February round at Orvis Auditorium, we request that you bring your song on a CD. If you bring your song on a flashdrive or any other media, you will not be allowed to participate. No exceptions. Clearly mark the CD with your name and the song number we are to play for you.

You may either sing a capella -- without music, or with audio accompaniment. The music cannot have any vocals aside from backup vocals. Please test your CD beforehand. 

You may choose any song of your liking for the preliminary rounds, provided that it does not contain excessive swearing. Please keep it family friendly. If you are unsure about your song selection, feel free to email the events department.

Duets are allowed; but please notify us in advance if you intend to enter as such. Please note that only one prize will be awarded.

Each preliminary round will have three winners. There will be a total of nine entrants in the semi-finals.

You will be judged on:

  • Song Difficulty

  • Stage Presence

  • Vocal Quality

  • Crowd Response

After the winners are announced, the judges will be available for questions. It is suggested and encouraged that you talk to them, regardless of whether or not you won. They will be able to tell you what you did well and what you need to work on for semi-finals/the next preliminary round.

The preliminary rounds will likely proceed in this manner

  • Check in with events staffer; they will give you your order number and confirm your song with you.

  • Singing will commence

  • Judges will deliberate

  • Winners will be announced

  • Winners will have photos taken

  • The next round will be announced (if venue and dates are confirmed)

Please note that the eventual winner of the karaoke competition will have performed AT MINIMUM two songs. Songs may be reused as long as they fit the criteria for each round. When you are chosen as a semifinalist, you should have two songs practiced and ready to be performed by the time Kawaii Kon 2015 rolls around. Please read the rules for each individual round for more information on what songs are required.

Ready to check out the Semi-Final rules?

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Nocturna Lounge is located at:

Waterfront Plaza, 500 Ala Moana Boulevard #5, Honolulu, HI 96813


Orvis Auditorium is located at:

2411 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822


Interested in being a judge? Send us an email and tell us why you're qualified! events@kawaiikon.com