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Karaoke World Championships (KWC) Singapore Useful Information on Auditions:

Karaoke World Championships (KWC) Singapore Eligibility Rules

  • This competition is open to everyone, 18 years old and above
  • KWC is the Largest and most prestigious international singing competition for amateur and unsigned talents. All unsigned singers are eligible:

a) Does not have a regular income as a vocalist. A regular income is defined as someone making a living from singing.

b) May perform occasionally, provided that it is no more than 52 paid performances in one year. This includes, but is not limited to, freelance singers, wedding singers, band singers, etc. and is subject to the other rules within these conditions of entry.

c) Does not have a signed contract as a lead singer for an establishment or production, even if it is only part time and less than 52 performances a year.

d) Does not have a management contract or a recording contract with a major label as a singer.

  • Registration fee must be paid in order to join the auditions
  • Contestants must supply the minus one track in any of the accepted formats (either cd, mp3 or thumbdrive).

Karaoke World Championships (KWC) Singapore Contest Rules

  • Audition in any of our schedule dates venue partners
  • Top finalists from Singapore will move to the Regional Finals (Hard Rock Singapore)


All contestants in the Karaoke World Championships are to be judged according to the following criteria, free from any personal bias whatsoever.

1) Voice
2) Technique
3) Artistry
4) Stage Presence

What we are looking for in each these Four Criteria

1) Voice

a. Quality of Voice: Natural richness of tone, depth, resonance; a strong yet dulcet vocal sound that is enjoyable to listen to.

b. Mastery of Voice: Development of the voice through the practice and training to attain a higher level of proficiency and virtuosity.

c. Range: Ability to hit low notes and high notes, and to glide smoothly through different ranges without strain.

d. Dynamics: Use of quieter and louder volumes as appropriate; variance of volume throughout performance.

e. Timbre: Ability to sing richer, deeper timbres as well as softer, sweeter tones; variance of colors throughout performance.

2) Technique

a. Skill: Use of proper vocal technique (singing with an open palate, not shouting, not resonating the nose, etc.) Use and control of Vibrato, Runs & Range (Low Notes, Spoken Word Projection, Head Voice, Falsetto).

b. Timing: Ability to sing with rhythmic accuracy, on the beat, but taking liberties in a tasteful manner.

c. Breathing: Supporting the voice with breath control, ability to sustain notes, taking breaths in correct places (generally between phrases)

d. Pitch: Exhibit control of intonation of the notes and properly supporting the intonation, dynamics and color.

e. Diction: Correct pronunciation of words and clarity

3) Artistry

a. Expressiveness: Exuding emotion and passion, as appropriate for song, conveyed through the voice, body, and facial expression

b. Musicality: Genuinely feeling the music, shaping phrases artistically, incorporating aesthetic nuances, taking liberties in a tasteful manner.

c. Lyrical Ability: Appropriate interpretation and delivery of song lyrics, placing emphasis on certain words / phrases.

d. Individuality: Deviating from original artist recording to make the song one's own; creation of unique style and character. 

e. Song Choice: Appropriateness of the song for the singer

f. The special X factor in the performance, the ability to cause emotions, to "move the listener"

4) Stage Presence

a. Confidence: Exuding command of the stage, strength of delivery with a self-assured performance

b. Movement: Use of space, walking, dancing, or other movement appropriate for the song; use of arms; posture, poise, energy

c. Costume & Appearance: Brightly colored, light reflective, or otherwise attractive costume that is appropriate for song; polished presentation on stage and on camera

d. Charisma: Allowing personality to shine through performance and emanate from the stage; radiating a special X factor that is appealing, magnetic, and makes for star quality

e. Audience Appeal: Ability to connect with the audience, use of eye contact, crowd response

Each one of these 4 criteria will be scored on a 10 point basis to equal up to 40 points total. Zero is not a score.  The individual judge is free to give weight to different parts of the performance, as long as it is consistent; ie. a vocal teacher may give more weight to singing technique and a professional entertainer may score more based on artistry and stage presence. All members of the jury must still be able to judge all these categories.

For each song, each performer shall be scored from 4 to 40 points, with 4 being the lowest, and 40 being the highest.

39-40 - Exceptional, outstanding
36-38 - Excellent, almost perfect
32-35 - Very good, but a few imperfections
28-31 - Very good, but several imperfections
23-27 - Good, but imperfections throughout
16-22 – Average
12-15 – Mediocre
8-11 – Unsatisfactory
4-7 – Disappointing

National panel of judges for Karaoke World Championships (KWC) Singapore will be made up of leading personalities in the music industry including music artistes and producers.


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