KARAOKE SENIORS USA CONTEST RULES
A FOUNTAIN PRODUCTION
1280 Country Club Drive
Laughlin, Nevada 89029-1548
BURNED DISCS ARE A COPYRIGHT VIOLATION AND ARE NOT ALLOWED!
CONTESTANTS MUST USE THEIR OWN “LEGALLY” MANUFACTURED PROFESSIONAL CDGs!
Contestants MUST be at least 50 years of age or older, and provide a copy of their drivers license when submitting their registration form.
Contestants MUST BE AMATEURS. Absolutely no professionals who are fulltime entertainers. Only serious, seasoned, karaoke enthusiasts may compete.
Contestants cannot be a member of a professional entertainment organization.
Contestants are not allowed to use PROPS of any kind other than that which is normal stage attire.
Contestants are required to sing a different song for the primary, semi-final, and final rounds.
TIME LIMIT FOR SONGS STRICTLY ENFORCED! Preliminary round four (4) minutes, semi-final round, four (4) minutes thirty (30) seconds, and final round five (5) minutes thirty (30) seconds. Timing begins when the music starts. Song will be timed by KJ & stopped if it exceeds the limit. Judges will deduct up to two (2) points each for those who exceed the time limit.
Contestants are allowed to sing a song sung by another contestant.
Contestants who have won a national or international karaoke contest within the past year are not eligible.
Contest will consist of two music categories: Oldies/Rock and Country/Blues.
Contestants will sing only one (1) preliminary song in order to continue to semi-final round.
Contestants should be prepared to sing a total of four (4) songs. One (1) for the preliminary round, One (1) for the semi-finals, one (1) for the finals, and one (1) additional song in the event of a tie.
Criteria for choice of songs: a song or songs must have charted on Billboard’s top 100. Stated differently, no unrecorded songs within the music industry are allowed, which includes obscure, rare, or unfamiliar songs to typical audiences. SONG CHOICES & ARTISTS MUST BE APPROVED BY FOUNTAIN PRODUCTIONS BEFORE THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE—
JULY 15, 2012.
Contestants are required to sign an eligibility form, waiver of liability to indemnify & hold harmless Fountain Productions (Fountain & Associates) and the Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino. This must be submitted with the registration form not later than July 15, 2012—no exceptions.
ATTIRE: Tasteful, professional stage attire ONLY! No flip-flops, shorts, sneakers, tank tops, or tee shirts. As a contestant, please keep in mind that one of the judging criteria is your attire.
Random selection will determine the order in which contestants will sing, and this information will be posted in the Starview Room on the day of registration for the preliminary round and by noon for the semi-final and final on the days which follow.
Contestants should plan to be ready to sing 30 minutes prior to their order of appearance, because if a contestant is not present when their name & number is called, they will be disqualified for that round.
Contestants are responsible for submitting their song request form with their registration form. For song requests, PRINT ONLY your first and last name, contestant number, song title, artist, track number, key changes, and time (length) of song. Two (2) points will be deducted per judge if this information is incorrect. Contact information such as email address and phone number must be listed on the registration form.
Contestants who use inappropriate, vulgar language (profanity), explicit sex lyrics, obscene gestures, or any mannerism(s) which depart from professionalism as a contestant will immediately be disqualified from the competition. Typical RAP or HIP HOP music is not acceptable.
Contestants’ family and friends who display unsportsmanlike conduct, offensive behavior, improper social decorum, such as, yelling, screaming, whistling, talking during the competition, or confronting judges in any way, will cause a contestant to be disqualified for the contest.
JUDGING: The judges will score contestants by using a 50 point system. VOCAL SKILLS—0-30 points, which includes difficulty of song and artist emulation. Pitch: accuracy, diction, intonation, strength and range of voice. Tempo: rhythm accuracy and hang time. Phrasing: articulation, volume dynamics, voice modulation, and tone color (tone variations).
STAGE PRESENCE: Score 0-10 points, which includes passion, animation, confidence, command of audience, and limited reliance on karaoke screens and graphics.
ATTIRE: (to dress grandly or well appointed for stage) - Score: 0-10 points. MUST be well groomed, no cut off jeans, or sexually seductive clothes. Clothing should conform to the theme, representation, and intention of the song.
JUDGES’/CONTESTANTS’ REGULATIONS: Contestants, family, and associates, are NOT ALLOWED in any way to associate or be in contact with judges. This includes all communications before, during the contest, and breaks, because improper behavior and bad manners toward judges could cause a contestant to be disqualified—especially when scores are revealed after their performances. The same is true when winners are announced—this could result in a contestants’ score being nullified due to poor sportsmanship. Judges are human beings and errors can happen. They are not perfect—just professional judges. The primary thing to remember about the judges is THERE WILL NOT BE ANY BIAS OR PREJUDICIAL SCORING BY ANY JUDGE. In fact, if a judge has any type of personal relationship with any contestant, they must withdraw and another judge will take charge.
AUDIENCE: Proper socially acceptable behavior will be encouraged. IN NO WAY WILL APPLAUSE INFLUENCE THE JUDGING! Signs for proper behavior in the venues will be posted. Fairness, objectivity, and courtesy to ALL singers are necessary to allow for appropriate judging. All cell phones or other electronic devices must be turned off when contestants are singing. Side conversations must end. The common practice of annoying whistling, yelling, hollering, or screaming will not be tolerated in this very enjoyable but serious contest. In the event should out of control children be present, they must leave the area. Fountain Productions reserves the right to ask uncooperative attendees to depart.
ALL CATEGORY AND CONTESTANT ORDER OF APPEARANCE WILL BE RANDOMLY SELECTED
Judges will provide individual scores on hand-held white boards for the contestants to see and the judges will verbalize results to the audience, using the microphone in front of them. They may make brief comments on performances. Scores will be posted on Tuesday, August 28 at 10:00 A.M.
Any malfunction of a contestant’s CDG (disc) will cut short the performance, and depending on how much of the song is completed, the judges will determine how to score the contestant and their decision is final! If the KJ of Fountain Productions has made an error, the contestant will not be penalized, and they can resume the song they selected. NO ONE MAY START OVER OR USE A DIFFERENT DISC OR CHANGE TO ANOTHER SONG AFTER THE SONG BEGINS.
NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OF ANY KIND ARE ALLOWED OR CONSUMED ON STAGE!
The preliminary round will begin on Sunday at noon on August 26 and resume at noon Monday August 27, 2012. All contestants will sing one preliminary song. The scores from the preliminary round will determine which contestants advance to the semi-final round. At 10:00 A.M on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, the contestant numbers of 15 males and 15 females of the four categories will be posted in the Starview Room. These maximum number of 60 contestants will compete in the semi-final round on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. Twelve (12) total contestants will proceed to the final round on Wednesday the 29th of August. A variety “show of appreciation” will be a prelude to the karaoke finalist’s competition. Awards will follow.
The scores from the preliminary round and semi-final round will be added to each contestant’s scores to determine the top three (3) contestants in each category to advance to the final round on Wednesday, August 29th. Scores from the final night will be added to the previous rounds to determine the first, second, and third place winners of the final competition on Wednesday, August 29,2012. During final score tabulations, a variety of entertainment will be provided for ticket holders. This will be a night to remember, because as a prelude to the finalists competing, A “SHOW OF APPRECIATION” will provide the audience with special entertainment!
Please, contestants, family members or friends/associates are not allowed to question or argue with the judges. Should such unruly or inappropriate behavior persist, the contestant will be disqualified.
Contestants may briefly take a bow in recognition of audience applause, then immediately exit the stage.
Contestants may enter ONLY ONE CATEGORY so go with your strongest category of music.
Prize cash money is $1,000 for first place in each of the four (4) categories, second place is $500, and third place is $250. Trophies will be given to the 12 winning contestants.
ANY COMPLAINTS, CONCERNS, OR POSITIVE FEEDBACK MAY BE SUBMITTED , IN WRITING, TO:
Drs. Wendell & Grace Fountain of Fountain Productions.