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. Dates and Times will be announced in Fall.

In order to participate in the preliminary rounds, you must submit an entry form by 11:59pm on the day previous to the date  you wish to enter. You must submit a separate form for each preliminary round you want to compete in.

You may either sing a capella -- without music, or with audio accompaniment. The music cannot have any vocals aside from backup vocals. We request that if you will be singing with backup audio that you submit the mp3 files to events@kawaiikon.com at the same time you submit your form. If for some reason you cannot do this, a properly labeled playable CD with your name and track number should be provided. Please test your CD beforehand. Other media such as phones, laptops and iPods will NOT be accepted.

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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