FAQ & COMPETITION RULES

Q: What is Karaoke World Championships and when did it start?
A: 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 is the opportunity for aspiring singers to show their amazing talents to the world and to give the crowd an unforgettable experience. The competition has been organised annually since it originally founded in Finland in the year 2003. The annual World finals have been held in various countries around the world, and due to the Covid pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 finals were turned into online events. You can read more about the history of the competition here.

Q: How can I win the Karaoke World Championships?
A: The first step is participating in your national KWC competitions. The winners get a paid trip to represent their countries in the World Finals. If your country does not have a national competition, you are eligible to participate in the KWC Global Video Challenge.

Q: How can I join as a competitor then?
A: Check whether or not your country is listed on the Countries page. There will be a link to the local webpage, where you should find more information about the trials.

Q: But am I eligible to compete?
A: If you are over 18 years of age and consider yourself an amateur singer or unsigned talent, you may be eligible. Contact your local organiser for details.

Q: I’m a foreigner living in a new country, can I represent it in the competition?
A: Yes, provided that you have citizenship or have lived in the new country over three (3) years.

Q: Which songs can I choose?
A: 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. For our KWC live events we have a catalog of over 100,000 songs available to choose from. However, you may also use your own backings as long as they are licensed and/or legitimately purchased.

Q: What is in it for the winner?
A: The winner gets the title of Karaoke World Champion and an invitation (travelling expenses paid) to perform in the next year’s World Final Event, a cash prize and a sponsor prize.

Q: What if I already participated, can I try again?
A: Former country representatives can participate in the World Finals after a two year hiatus, except for World Champions. You can win the competition only once. Please note: there is no two year hiatus for KWC 2020 or 2021 contestants.

Karaoke World Championships 2021 RULES AND VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS

ELIGIBILITY

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.

TECHNICAL RULES AND SONG & PERFORMANCE RULES FOR KWC COMPETITION VIDEOS

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.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

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

So what are you waiting for? This is your to-do-list now:

  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 on YouTube and register for the KWC Global Video Challenge!