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Sakura-Con 2013
Adults-Only Gong Show!

Sakura-Con's 2013 Gong Show is an adults-only karaoke competition. You must have a badge to attend Sakura-Con on Saturday to participate in this contest.

Please read the all of the rules carefully before signing up.

Sign ups available 15 minutes prior to the event, in the Karaoke Room.

1. Rules & General Information
2. Eligibility
3. Song Selections and Format
4. Judging
5. Contest Categories & Awards
6. Karaoke Code of Conduct & Behavior

1. Rules & General Information

This is a one-part contest with the entire competition taking place Saturday evening(night).

Because the competition is set in a 2-hour block, there can only be as many performances in 90 minutes, as the last 30 minutes will be saved for awards.

Sign-ups for the gong show will be on a first-come-first-serve basis for those who attend the event.

A karaoke performer may only appear on stage once in allowance for an opportunity for more variety of performers.

You must specify the songs you are going to sing when you sign up for the contest. Once you have checked in at the convention and handed over your music, you are committed to your song selection. See the song section regarding types of songs allowed for the contest.

Once the contest starts, the MC will only call the names of those who have checked in. For check-in, you will need your Sakura-Con badge and the music you will be using in the contest, which must be on a CD, an MP3 player (iPod, Zune, etc.), or in our music library.

The use of backup dancers in the karaoke contest is not permitted. Special effects and use of stage props must be approved by the Karaoke Coordinator and are by prior arrangement only.

2. Eligibility

The contest is open to all registered convention members/attendees age 18 and over. You must have a valid Sakura-Con Membership/Attendee badge to attend the convention on Saturday. There is no additional cost to register for the contest.

Group performances are encouraged to sign up for the contest but are limited to 3 members due to stage size and availability of microphones. A person can sign up as a solo act or a group act, but not both. This allows for a wider variety of performers and gives others a chance to participate.

Sakura-Con Staff and Crew, Guests of Honor, and Industry members are not allowed to enter.

3. Song Selections and Format

Song Selection

Songs must be from the following categories: Anime, Video game, Japanese Drama or Soap themes, J-pop, J-rock, J-rap, J-R&B, or Japanese folk.

English or other non-Japanese songs from the dubbed version of an anime series or video game are acceptable. (For example, the German theme to Sailor Moon, or songs from Robotech).

As this is a contest for an anime convention, your song must be from one of the categories mentioned above. For purposes of this rule, image songs (songs which aren't necessarily used in the anime, but are on the soundtrack) are okay. Songs from the live-action version of an anime (for example, the live action Sailor Moon) are also acceptable for purposes of fulfilling this requirement.

One song is needed to participate in this contest, but the performance can be no longer than 2 minutes (ex: only sing to end of first chorus). Songs longer than specified will be faded out when the limit is reached.

Contestants may sing a cappella style.

NO LIP-SYNCING! If it is determined that you are lip-syncing, then you will be disqualified from the contest.

Singing with a lyric sheet is ok. Acoustic guitars are easy to set up, however a keyboard or electric drum-set could take up time and may not be possible.

4. Judging

Contestants will be assigned a numerical score from 1-5 by each judge based on vocal/singing performance, showmanship/presentation and stage appeal. The scores from each judge are then tallied to come up with a total score for the contestant. The top five will be determined by the total sum of their scores and how their performance appealed to the judges. The winner will be chosen by crowd noise. Judges will make the final decision on winners in case of a tie.

All decisions made by the judges are final.

5. Contest Categories and Awards

A surprise award will be presented to the winner at the end of the event.

6. Conduct

As a family oriented convention for anime fans of all ages, Sakura-Con has certain standards of behavior which all convention attendees should abide by at all times. For more information, please refer to the convention's Policies, Rules of Conduct for the Sakura-Con Convention Period.

The following rules are in addition to the Sakura-Con code of conduct that applies to all attendees:


All rules for the Sakura-Con Karaoke Contest are subject to change without notice. While we attempt to keep you up to date of any changes via the Sakura-Con website, these changes may occur at any time.

For ALL questions, suggestions, issues and/or requests for confirmation regarding the Sakura-Con 2012 Karaoke Contest, please contact the Karaoke Coordinator at

Thank you for your interest, we look forward to a great show.

Sakura-Con 2013
Karaoke Coordinator

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