- Individuals only: no duets or groups will be permitted to enter into the competition.
- Members of Celebrate Fairfax, Inc., its Board of Directors, staff, Volunteer Leadership Team, or individuals serving in a sponsor relationship capacity with the Celebrate Fairfax!Festival are strictly prohibited from entering into the competition.
-The karaoke championship will consist of weekly preliminaries ending in Venue Finals, Friends of Fairfax Sing off, then Wild Card Round, Semi-Finals and Finals.
--Preliminary competitions (PRELIMS) are open to the public and will be held between March 13, 2017 to May, 2017 at multiple hosting venues. Most prelims are held weekly leading up to the venue final but occasionally there will be a one day sing off where winners will advance to the stage. The preliminary competition will end in Venue Finals, whereby each weekly preliminary venue winners will compete to become the Venue Finalist. Venue Finalist can only represent one Venue at the Wild Card, Semi-finals/Finals at Celebrate Fairfax Karaoke Championship.
--VENUE FINALS FOR venues OUTSIDE FAIRFAXFRIENDS OF FAIRFAX (FOF) Venue Finals (venues outside Fairfax) will be held during the week of Monday May 8th to Sunday May 14, 2017 on the day of the week that the prelims were held. at each of the preliminary FRIENDS OF FAIRFAX VENUES. Each Venue finalist will then go on to a single night SING OFF on a date and location TBD. Those First and Second place finalist from the "Sing Off" will advance to the stage at Celebrate -Fairfax June 9th (Fri) 2nd place winners and (Sat) June 10th 1st place winners. Winners from SELECT venues outside Fairfax County will advance directly to the Semi-Final Round on June 10, 2017; these locations will be posted on this page as the information becomes available.
--VENUE FINALS FOR venues INSIDE FAIRFAX will be held during the week of Monday May 15 to Sunday May 21, 2017 at the various venues on the nights they have the competition running. First and Second Place winners from these Venue Finals will advance to the stage at Celebrate Fairfax on June 9th (Fri) 2nd place winners and (Sat) June 10th 1st place winners
.—THE WILD CARD ROUND is a sing off competition of the 2nd place VENUE FINALISTS and will take place at the Celebrate Fairfax Festifval on Friday June 9th, 2017 at the Fairfax Corner Music Café in the Food Court, starting at TBA.
--The Semi-Final/Final competition is a competition of the 1st place Venue Finalist and the Wild Card winners from Friday June 9th, 2017 and will be held at the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 at the Fairfax Corner Music Café in the Food Court. Contestants must report by 5:30 pm
NOTE: ALL correspondence will be via email. So please check your email as we get closer to the venue finals.Specifics
-All Contestants must complete a registration/release form with signature, on site and within 48 hours of competition must register online ONLINE REGISTRATIONCONTESTANT FORMS JUDGES BLANK RULES
-The Wild Card Round will be a competition of Venue Finalist Runner Up winners competing for a chance to compete in the Semi-Finals round on June 9th at 8:00pm, contestants MUST arrive earlier than 8pm at a time TBA. The number of Wild Card Contestants that will advance to the Semi-Finals is contingent upon the number of slots available.
--Semi-Finals will be broken into three heats, beginning at 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:00pm. Two people from each heat will move on to the final competition. Each of the three First Place winners of the semi-final round will win $100 and each of the three Second Place winners will win $50.
There will be seven (7) finalist in total, comprised of two singers from each of the Semifinal Heats (as described above) and one (1) judges choice pick selected from the remaining semifinal round winners. Each of these contestants will perform two (2) songs during the finals. Judging criteria remains the same as the Semifinal Rounds.
The first selection, the contestant will pick themselves; the second selection will be determined by spinning the "Wheel Of Karaoke" (referred to afterwards as "the wheel"). The wheel will be divided into several musical categories:
R & B, 90's Rap, Classic Rock, Country, 80's Hair Bands, 80's/90's Boy (Girl) Bands, Motown, Judge's Choice
Contestants will spin the wheel; whatever category the wheel stops on, the contestant has the option to pick a song from that category OR take a second (and FINAL) spin. If the contestant chooses to take a second spin, they MUST sing the genre selected by the wheel during that spin.
There will be a songbook on site with music broken down by category as pertains to this option.
-Contestant winners are responsible for paying any federal or state income taxes on any monies won while participating in the Fairfax County Karaoke Championship. A 1099- MISC will be issued to any contestant who wins $600 or more per federal law.
-Contestants cannot compete at this year's competition if he/she placed in the top 3 within the last two years.
-All venues hosting a preliminary competition must use Karaoke/DJ services provided by Associated Consultants, Inc. during the preliminary rounds and venue finals of the Fairfax County Karaoke Championship.
-Each hosting venue must follow the rules unless otherwise approved by CFI staff. The date of the competition is to be reported to Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. staff at least two weeks in advance.
-Each hosting venue must select judges; they will not be supplied by Celebrate Fairfax, Inc.
-Four (4) adult general admission tickets for the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival will be given to each hosting venue to be distributed at the discretion of the venue management.
-One (1) on-site surface parking pass for the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival will be given to each hosting venue’s general manager or other management position.
Hosting venues are responsible for having the appropriate equipment for the karaoke competition.
-Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. will publicize each venue’s preliminary competition through e- blasts, press releases, and the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival website.
-Each hosting venue is encouraged to publicize that venue's preliminary competition and is offered assistance in that endeavor by ACi. All publications are to adhere to the family oriented spirit of the competition.
-Contest organizers have the right to exclude any competition winner if such individual was selected in a non-prescribed manner.
Preliminary Competition Rules
-Preliminary competitions will begin no earlier than March 13, 2017 and will conclude no later May 2017, unless otherwise approved by CFI staff.
-Preliminary competitions will be held at various locations within Fairfax County and Outside Fairfax County during various dates and times during preliminary rounds. Prelim rounds are generally weekly but there are occasions that a single event will produce a Frist, Second and Third place winner. The Outside Fairfax County competitions are defined as “Friends of Fairfax” For updated listings check back to this page frequently.
-VENUE FINALS are finals located at the various venues during the end of the preliminary rounds. During the Venue Finals all previous weeks winners (from that venue) will compete in a final round ending in First place, Second Place and Third Place Winners. The First place Venue finalist will go on to compete on stage at the Celebrate Fairfax Festival on Saturday June 11th, 2017.The Second Place Venue Finalist will go on to compete in the Wild Card Round on stage at the Celebrate Fairfax Festival on Friday June 10th, 2017.And the Third place Venue winners will be alternates in the event the First or Second Place Venue Finalist cannot compete.
- VENUE FINALS for locations WITHIN Fairfax County will occur the week of May 15-21, 2017 AT EACH INDIVIDUAL VENUE
-VENUE FINALS for locations OUTSIDE OF Fairfax County, known as FRIENDS OF FAIRFAX (FOF) will occur during the week of May 8-14, 2017.
-All winners, including preliminary winners are to check AssociatedConultants.NET and facebook.com/ac4dmv on a regular basis for updates. Email notifications will occur to preliminary winners from Anthony@associatedconsultants.net confirming their registration is complete and other info. If you do not receive a confirming email please email Anthony@AssociatedConsultants.NET
-Contestants must be of legal age to enter a venue hosting the competition.
-Contestants must place at a venue during the qualifying contest and compete at the venue's final to determine if they will win a place at the semi-finals/finals at Celebrate Fairfax Festivial Championship and/or Wild Card Round.
-The amount of contestants at a qualifying round will be determined by the hosting venue.
-The host, agents and judges reserve the right to declare the maximum amount of contestants and close registration at any reasonable point in the competition.
- Contestants may compete at more than one location during the preliminary rounds (qualifying rounds). But a qualifying contestant may only win one Venue Final slot which advances to the Wild Card (2nd place venue finalist) or Semi-Final/Finals(1st place venue finalist) at Celebrate Fairfax Karaoke Championship
-Venue Finalist Contestants can only represent one location at the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival semi-finals and finals.
-Only one representative from each venue, called a Venue Finalist, will be selected to compete in the semi-finals. Should the first place winner not be available to compete at the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, the runner-up from that venue will be selected by default.
-Contestants must comply with any other rules or stipulations provided and/or enforced by the hosting venue. See Registration page under “Specifics”
-All WEEKLY Preliminary contestants and Venue Finalists each week during the preliminaries are to go online atwww.AssociatedConsultants.NET/contestants and complete registration contact information at least 48 hours after winning 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the preliminary & Venue Finals rounds.
Semi-Final and Final Competitions Rules
-The semi-final and final rounds are family friendly competitions. Absolutely NO foul language or questionable lyrics during contestants’ performances or otherwise while participating in the contest.
-If you are not sure if your song choice is appropriate, please email Anthony at Anthony@AssociatedConsultants.NET with “Karaoke Competition” in the subject line and include the following information: your name, phone number, email address, the name of the song, artist, and version (if other then the original).
-Songs containing vulgar or explicit sex lyrics will not be allowed. Contestants who, during their performance, use vulgar lyrics or perform in an obscene manner will be disqualified from competition. (Please refer to Semi-Final and Final Competitions Rule #1)
-Performances will be limited to five minutes. Choose your song wisely. If it is longer than five, be prepared to give a big finish at the five-minute mark.
-Contestants must choose their song(s) from a list provided by Associated Consultants, Inc.. Find the SONGLIST 2017
-When checking in, inform the hosting DJ of your song choice.
-Contestants must BE ON TIME for Check In. Any contestant that is late for check in/the initial briefing will be docked 5 points from their score total. Check in time is TBA.
-The order of performance shall be decided by luck of the draw. Each contestant shall put their name in provided container and each name shall be drawn out by the DJ and/or host.
-We don’t mind if someone else is doing your song. But if we see a duplicate we will give you the option to change before the show. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CHANGE!
-Each contestant shall use only the equipment provided by the DJ running the show. NO outside equipment by contestant or anyone other than the DJ shall be used.
-Contestants MAY NOT utilize live props. This will include back-up singers, dancers or animals. Non-human props such as costumes and other accessories are permitted.
-Musical instruments may be used as props, but are not allowed as an accompaniment to the contestant's performance. Such musical instruments must be hand carried. Larger instruments that utilize the aid of others to bring them on stage, or are difficult to handle are NOT permitted (i.e. a piano, harp, etc..).
-Any prop used by a contestant must be carried on stage by the contestant and must be completed in one trip onto the stage area. The contestant must remove any and all props used immediately following his/her own performance.
-Any contestant that allows others to sing along with him/her by surrendering the microphone shall be disqualified. (This does NOT include holding the microphone in the air for the audience or a group in the audience to sing along with the back ground vocals.)
-Any contestant guilty of distracting any of the other contestants while they are performing shall be disqualified.
-Any contestant with behavior that is insulting or might start any confrontation with any of the audience or other contestants shall be disqualified
-Any contestant found damaging equipment shall be disqualified. DO NOT DROP THE MIC.
-Any contestant that faces the dreaded malfunction of the equipment has the option of starting over. Examples: feedback, skipping of disk, and loss of microphone. (This DOES NOT include the contestant bumping into the equipment causing a skip or turning off microphone while singing.)
Semi-Final and Final Competitions Judging
-Championship Judging (Semi-Final and Final Competitions)
-NOTE: Rules and guidelines for judging in the preliminary competitions will be set by each hosting venue. And can be found at www.AssociatedConsultants.NET
-Contestants will be judged in the following five categories:
A-Physical Presentation B.Crowd Reaction & Participation C.Choreography/Entertainment Ability
D. Vocal Presentatione.Overall Performance
-Each contestant shall be judged on a scale of 1 to 20, 1 being the lowest and 20 being the highest score for each category (i.e. the lowest score possible is a 5 and the highest is a 100 from each judge).
-In the case of a tie in any round of the Fairfax County Karaoke Championship, a tie breaking sing-off will take place in which each of the tying contestants will sing an additional song to be judged. The song sung in the sing-off must not be the same song used in either the semi-final or final rounds of the competition.
-Contestants advancing from semi-finals to finals may NOT sing the same song in both rounds.
-Contestants will sing one judged song. In each round, if at the end of the first judged song there is a tie, the contestants, who are tied for first place only, will sing another judged song. Contestants are not allowed to repeat the song used for the first judged song. Should this method not break the tie, the judges will collaborate between each other and decide a winner.
-Contestants, their family or associates are not allowed to have contact with a competition judge before or during any competition connected with Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. Contact includes verbal conversations and handshakes.
-Decisions of the judges are final. No arguing with judges is allowed. Any contestant, their family or associates who argue with a judge may be deemed to be using offensive behavior and the contestant may be disqualified from the competition.
Tips for song choice and performance:
--Keep in mind the judging rubric when picking songs and performing.
--Avoid songs with big instrumental breaks.
-- Keep it short and up-tempo so you can get the audience involved.
--Leaving the stage area during a performance is not prohibited but contestants should be aware it does make it difficult for the judges and audience to follow.