KWC Global Video Challenge 2021

What is it and how does it work?

The Karaoke World Championships is the world’s biggest and most prestigious global talent competition and karaoke event. It brings together singers from all over the world.

Karaoke World Championships works through countries with national competitions. Every participating country sends their top singers in the Karaoke World Championships finals in November.

The KWC Global Video Challenge is a way to enter the competition for all the singers in the world who live outside of participating countries.

If you do not reside in a participating country (listed here), you can submit an online audition directly into the Global Video Challenge.

The first round in the KWC Global Video Challenge is on from March to August and there will be a second round in September, from which the best singers will represent their countries at the Karaoke World Championships finals in November.

Karaoke World Championships 2021 RULES AND VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Record a video of yourself singing a song and upload it in the Facebook group (link and instructions below). Please make sure you are eligible to participate and your video follows the KWC rules.
  2. Prepare a good photo of yourself and 7€ for the registration fee.
  3. Register on the KWC Global Video Challenge registration page (scroll down a bit). You will have to fill your name, country, age, contact information, occupation, photo and link to competition video.PLEASE NOTE: THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE ONLY FOR SINGERS IN COUNTRIES THAT DO NOT HAVE A NATIONAL KWC COMPETITION! REMEMBER TO CHECK YOUR COUNRY’S STATUS ON THE COUNTRIES PAGE.

Registration for Round 1 is open between 1st March – 31st August.

All singers who have registered and sent a video that is done by the KWC rules will be listed on the website. A KWC video jury will pick singers to the second round every month. Also registered singers with most likes will be automatically forwarded each month. Once your video is listed on the website, you can share it in groups and gather likes from your friends and fans.

The singers chosen for the second round will have to submit another video by September, and the best singers will be chosen to represent their countries at the KWC 2021 finals.


In Karaoke World Championships a singer is eligible to participate when:

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

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

-An entrant who may have had a previous professional entertainment history may enter after a 5-year break.

-The 2021 competition is open to solo performers only.

-18 is the minimum age to participate in KWC. The singer has to be 18 years old before 1st November 2021.

-The contestant must represent a country and be a citizen: has lived in the country for over 3 years or have a citizenship (i.e. a national passport and social security number) of the country he or she is representing.

-Singers from last year are welcome (except the winner) as well as singers from 2018 and before, and this year’s singers will also be eligible in 2022.

-Country partners are not eligible. If you are the person (or one of the persons) responsible in producing your national competition and forming your national jury, you can not participate as a singer.

-The organizers reserve the right to make the final assessment regarding any entrant’s eligibility over and above these conditions of entry. Entrants may be asked to sign a legal document and provide proof regarding their eligibility. All issues addressing eligibility of contestants must be addressed, clarified and cleared latest 7 days prior to the National Finals. Proof of claim will be required.


The competition will happen with pre-recorded videos.

-You are free to perform any song you like in any language, style or genre. Should the song be in a language unknown to our video jury, we may ask for a translation in English.

-You can shoot your video indoors, outdoors, home, in a pub, wherever. Just remember that your singing performance has to be the main thing in the video.

-You may use a microphone or you may also sing straight in the camera’s mic. You may use a mixer, compressor, EQ, reverb etc. as long as the vocal performance is live and captured together with the video.

-The video has to be one shot and no editing is allowed. There can be no cuts or edits, just one live perfomance shot in one take

-Only 1 camera is allowed

-The video has to be Shot from the front. The camera may move but the singer’s face has to be visible at all times.

-Audio can be recorded on a separate device, but at the same time. Lip syncing is not allowed and is grounds for disqualification.

-The video has to start from where the song starts and end where the song ends. Only trimming of starting and ending points is allowed. Please record only the songs. No introductions, explanations, thank you’s or other spoken messages.

-No editing of any kind: no fade-ins or fade-outs, no graphics, no logos, no texts of any kind or country flags added in the picture. At the KWC finals we will add a uniform graphics layer to all the videos. KWC has the right to disqualify a video if we find it has been edited in any way.

-The soundtrack of your video is what you get while shooting it. Absolutely no editing is allowed to the sound either.

-The video must be shot from close enough so that you can be seen and heard well and from enough distance so that the music can also be heard in case you’re singing straight in your camera. You may want to record some test videos first to find out the best distance and volume level.

-If you sing with a close range microphone, it must be visible. If the audio is captured with a recording device, or a microphone that captures from further away, do not use “prop” or fake mics.

-The max length of a video is 7 minutes.  (Usually 3-4 minutes songs work best in competitions!)

-The video can be horizontal or vertical. Horizontal videos look better in the TV show, but we also accept vertical videos if that is your choice.

-The video must NOT include karaoke texts, other people, brands or logos and any kind of messages that can be interpreted as offensive

-If you use background pictures, you must have the rights to use them.

-The song or the performance may not include elements regarded as offensive. This could lead to disqualification. However we at KWC value artistic freedom (curse words are allowed if they belong in the original lyrics) and every kind of political or religious commentary shall be reviewed on a case by case basis.

-The video has to be shot only after you have received these instructions and it must not be published anywhere before this competition.


We are looking for singers and karaoke lovers from all over the World. We are looking for aspiring talent and voices that should be heard in other countries. We are looking for singers who could represent their countries at the Karaoke World Championships.

Try to perform as if you were in front of an audience. Stage presence is one of the judging criteria.

The technical production of the video will not be judged. Of course we recommend to make sure you have the best conditions for lights and sound. The most important things are that the singers is visible (remember to check your lights) and the balance between music and vocals is as good as possible.

The KWC Global Video Challenge videos will be judged according to the KWC Judging criteria:

-Voice and technique: Quality of Voice, range, dynamics, skill, timing, breathing, pitch etc.

-Artistry and Stage Presence: Expressiveness, musicality, song choice, confidence, appearance and the special X factor in the performance


  1. Choose your competition song
  2. Rehearse the song, think of how YOU would like to perform it
  3. Shoot rehearsal videos of your song, listen to your sound and look at your performance
  4. When you’re ready: choose a nice location, check that there’s enough light, set up your karaoke, camera and mic and record your video
  5. Upload your video and register for the KWC Global Video Challenge!

Upload your competition video in this Facebook group
Please tell us in the description who you are, age, occupation and which country you are representing and remember to use the hashtag #globalvideochallenge21

This is a good example for video description:
”I am Rocket Raccoon, 45, a superhero. I represent Halfworld at the Karaoke World Championships.
This is my entry for the #globalvideochallenge21”

Note! You have to post the video in the group, not share a video you have uploaded in your personal profile. 

Remember to register once you have uploaded your video in the group!
Only registered contestants are in the competition.

Question: What if my country starts national KWC competition after I already participated in the KWC Global Video Challenge? 

Don’t worry, you are allowed to compete in the KWC Global Video Challenge the whole season if you choose to do so. You can also quit the Global Video Challenge and enter your national competition, but you can not compete in both at the same time. If you wish to be part of the country team and benefit from their support, coaching, etc., you should seriously consider participating in the country team.

KWC Global Video Challenge registration

1 Step 1

To represent a country you must either have citizenship or have lived the past three years in the country. 

If your country is market as ACTIVE in 2021 on THIS list, you are not eligible to participate in the Global Video Challenge, but have to join your national competition instead.

€ 7
Stripe Card Placeholder

Before registration MAKE SURE that your video works and you have followed the rules.

KWC reserves the right to reject your application if any of the above rules are broken.

The registration fee is non-refundable and only one application per singer will be accepted.

By sending this form I give the Karaoke World Championships full rights to use my name, age, occupation, country, included photo and video link in promoting the competition.