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 KWC Global Video Challenge is on until the end of August and 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 to YouTube. Please make sure you are eligible to participate and your video follows the KWC rules.
  2. Prepare a good photo of yourself.
  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 COUNTRY’S STATUS ON THE COUNTRIES PAGE.

This registration is open until 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. Once your video is listed on the website, you can share it in groups and gather likes from your friends and fans.

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 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 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.


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 to YouTube and register for the KWC Global Video Challenge!

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”

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

KWC Global Video Challenge registration

Registration for 2021 has ended! :)