CELEBRATE FAIRFAX! FESTIVAL 10th KARAOKE CHAMPIONSHIP 
First place $1500 cash at the Celebrate Fairfax Festival Competition
COME cheer your fave singer at the Festival 6/7-8/19
The top 20 best Karaoke singers in the DMV will be there!
VENUE  2019  1st & 2nd place VENUE winners
Finnegan's Ashburn  
          Semifinalist Shannon D
          Wild Card Jillian W
Pike Bolivian  
          Semifinalist  Daniel L
          Wild Card
Casa Tequila  
          Semifinalist
          Wild Card  
 O'Sullivan's  
          Semifinalist Luke H
          Wild Card John T
 Old Towne Sports Pub  
          Semifinalist  
          Wild Card  
Flanagan's Harp & Fiddle  
          Semifinalist  
          Wild Card  
Madigan's Waterfront  
          Semifinalist Gail P
          Wild Card Michael M
 Loudoun Kitchen Bar  
          Semifinalist  
          Wild Card  
 Fat Tuesday's Warrenton  
          Semifinalist Kyle W
          Wild Card Kevin M
Fat Tuesday's Fairfax  
          Semifinalist Liz H
          Wild Card Lindsey A
Sticky Rice  
          Semifinalist  
          Wild Card  
Shooter McGee's  
          Semifinalist Charissa M
          Wild Card  
 Buffalo Moes  
          Semifinalist  Evan A
          Wild Card  Alec U
Liberty BBQ  
          Semifinalist  
          Wild Card  
Rock Bottom Brewery  
          Semifinalist
          Wild Card Arin S
 Los Toltecos  
          Semifinalist Cecilia N
          Wild Card Frank A
 Abner's Crab House  
          Semifinalist
          Wild Card  
Old Firestation #3  
          Semifinalist Jenna D
          Wild Card Nancy O
Champps  
          Semifinalist Kristen C
          Wild Card Pierson G
Patriot's Pub & Grill  
          Semifinalist George M
          Wild Card Andrew H
LA Bar & Grill  
          Semifinalist Erin J
          Wild Card David N
 Bulldog Tavern DC  
          Semifinalist  
          Wild Card  
Nicks  
          Semifinalist Jen V
          Wild Card Nick V
Falls Church Distillers  
          Semifinalist Matt M
          Wild Card  
 Mediterranean Breeze  
          Semifinalist Brenda Z
          Wild Card Laurie N
Ireland's Four Courts  
          Semifinalist Bernadette C
          Wild Card Jessi S



Celebrate Fairfax! in association with Associated Consultants host the 10th Annual Celebrate Fairfax! Karaoke Championship 2019



RULES 2019

Celebrate Fairfax! Festival Karaoke Championship

General Information

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 then Wild Card Round, Semi-Finals and Finals.

-Preliminary competitions (PRELIMS aka Qualifying Rounds) are open to the public and will be held between Monday, March 18, 2019 to Sunday May 12, 2019 at multiple hosting venues at various times. For a listing of participating Venues visit AssociatedConsultants.NET/contest   Most qualifying rounds are held repetitively (weekly)  leading up to the venue finals but occasionally there will be a single sing off where winners will advance directly to the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival stage. The recurring weekly preliminary competitions will end in a sing off competition of all winners from the qualifying rounds competing at the venue called the Venue Finals.  Each weekly qualifying venue winners from the various weeks of competition, will compete to become the Venue Finalist. Venue Finalist can only represent one Venue at the Wild Card, Semi-finals/Finals at Celebrate Fairfax! Festival Karaoke Championship.

-VENUE FINALS will be held during the week of Monday May 13 to Sunday May 19, 2019 at the various venues on the day of the week they have held the qualifying rounds running.   Second Place winners from these Venue Finals will advance to the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival Stage for the WILD CARD ROUND sing off on Friday 6/7/19 and FIRST place venue winners will advance to the stage at Celebrate Fairfax! Festival on Saturday 6/8/19. Venue Finalists can only represent 1 Venue at the Celebrate Fairfax Festival Karaoke Championship.

-The Wild Card Round, held on 6/7/19 on stage at the Celebrate Fairfax Festival will be a competition of 2nd  place Venue Finalists competing for a chance to enter the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival Semi-Final Round on 6/8/19. Wild Card Contestants must arrive at a time TBD (You will be contacted by the DJ/host of the Wild Card/Semifinals prior to the Festival with details). The number of Wild Card Contestants to advance to the Semifinals round will be dependent on the number of slots available.

-The Semifinals Round, held on Saturday 6/8/19 on stage at the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, will be broken into 3 heats, beginning at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. The contestants scoring the top two highest scores per round (six in total) are considered Semifinals Winners.  The top two (2) scoring contestants of the six (regardless of the round in which they competed) will automatically advance to the Final Round.  The remaining four contestants will immediately compete in a “Sudden Death” Round, in which each will sing one selection.  The top two scoring contestants in the Sudden Death Round will advance to the Final Round, rounding out a field of four Finalists.

-Cash prizes. Each of the three (3) first place winners of the Semifinals Round will win $100 cash and each of the 2nd Place winners from the Semifinals Round will win $50 cash. The 1st , 2nd, and 3rd  place winners in the finals will win cash prizes as outlined below.There will be four (4) finalists in total comprised of the two top scoring contestants overall from the Semi-Final Rounds (as described above) and the two top scoring contestants from the Sudden Death Round. Each of these contestants will perform one (1) song during the finals. Judging criteria remains the same as the Semifinal Rounds.

-At the Finals,which occurs after the fireworks display on Saturday 6/8/19 on stage at the Celebrate Fairfax Festival. The Grand Prize winner will receive $1500, the Runner-Up will receive $750, and the 2nd Runner-up (3d place) will receive $250 (these winnings are in lieu of the semi-final prize money).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 she/he placed in the top 3 within the last two years-.

NOTE: ALL correspondence will be via email and or text. It is the responsibility of all contestants to check frequently all the media provided to keep themselves aware of any changes.

Specifics

-TIMELINE

Prelims Qualifying Rounds

3/18/19 to 5/12/19

Various venues/locations and start times

Venue Finals

5/13/19 to 5/19/19

Various venues/locations and start times

Wild Card Sing Off

6/7/19 before 5pm

 Celebrate Fairfax Food Court STAGE

Semi- Finals

6/8/19  before 5pm

 Celebrate Fairfax Food Court STAGE

Finals

6/8/19 after fireworks

 Celebrate Fairfax Food Court STAGE

 

 

 

All Contestants must complete a registration/release form with signature, on site and online.

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Hosting Venue Guidelines 

-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 various media events 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 3/18/19 and will conclude 5/12/19, unless otherwise approved by CFI staff. In general, at these preliminary competition aka qualifying rounds the competition will begin at the start of Karaoke at the various venues and run for 30 minutes, NOTE; Each venue can set the time of the competition at their respective venues, call the venue for the exact time.   The round will limit contestants to the first 7 that sign up. If more than 7 contestants want to compete the additional contestants are encouraged to come early the next week to sign up.

-Preliminary competitions will be held at various locations 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. 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 week’s 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.The Second Place Venue Finalist will go on to compete in the Wild Card Round on stage at the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival.And the Third place Venue winners will be alternates in the event the First or Second Place Venue Finalist cannot compete.

VENUE FINALS will occur the week of 5/13-19/19 AT EACH INDIVIDUAL VENUES.  There is no cost to compete.

 -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 or call Glenn at 703-323-7972

-Contestants must be of legal age to enter a venue hosting the competition.

-Contestants must place during the qualifying rounds to determine if they will win a place at the semi-finals/finals at Celebrate Fairfax! Festival Championship and/or Wild Card Round.

-The number of contestants at a qualifying round will not exceed 7 per sing off round and begin at the start of Karaoke and end within 30 minutes.

-The host, agents and judges reserve the right to 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, winners ,Venue Finalists each week during the preliminaries are to go online at www.AssociatedConsultatnts.NET/contest and complete registration contact information at least 48 hours after competing.

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 than 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 2019

-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, provided they meet the family friendly standard.

-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 background vocals.) NOTE: DO NOT DROP THE MICROPHONE.  Dropping the microphone will be an immediate point removal or possible disqualification.

-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 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 Presentation, E-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.

These rules may be changed or altered at any time during the competition.  Check back frequently.

Tips for song choice and performance:   2019 Official songlist

--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. 

 Questions? Call Glenn at 703-323-7972 or email pam@AssociatedConsultants.NET

Or check out Celebrate Fairfax! Festival Karaoke Championship website at CelebrateFairfax.com

Championship in cooperation with Associated Consultants, Inc www.AssociatedConsultants.NET

Good Luck! 

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