Ani-Idol Rules - AnimeFEST 2013
Mu Epsilon Kappa Society
Audition Sign-Up will be located at the MEK Booth. The booth can be found in the Bizarre Bazaar (Artist Alley).
1. The contest is open to all registered convention attendees. You must have a valid member badge for the days of the contest. There is no additional cost to register for the contest.
2. No professional vocalists/actors may enter the Ani-Idol competition. If you are found out to be a professional, you will be disqualified. A “professional” is monetarily compensated for his or her work as a singer or actor.
3. Ani-Idol is split into two competition divisions: Traditional and Advanced.
Traditional – This division is for contestants who have never competed before or have never placed at any previous Ani-Idol events.
Advanced – This division is for contestants who have placed 1st through 3rd at any previous Ani-Idol contest. Contestants who have not placed but wish to compete in the Advanced division may do so.
All contestants will be judged according to their division.
4. The contest will be split into three parts for both divisions: Audition, Second Round, and Finals. In order to compete, you must be able to attend all three rounds. If you are involved in multiple events or panels, we will try our best to work with you. Contestants are not required to stay the entire time, and are welcome to leave if they need to run to another event. We will also shift the order of contestants if they need to be somewhere else at a certain time or arrive late. The rounds will be scheduled as follows
Audition: Friday - 8pm-10pm - Location TBA
Second Round: Saturday - 10am-12pm - Location TBA
Finals: Saturday - 4pm-6pm - Location TBA
5. Contestants must be at least 13 years old.
6. Cosplay is allowed at the event but is not required.
7. Sign-ups will be located at the MEK booth located in the Artist Alley until 15 minutes before the Audition is set to begin. Sign-ups will then move to outside the audition room. We will accept late sign-ups for auditions up to 15 minutes before the end of the scheduled audition block of time (Please check the AnimeFEST Schedule). This means if you arrive late to the convention, you may still be able to audition. However, once the scheduled audition time is up, we can no longer take ANY auditions.
8. Contestants will be required to bring your own music for the contest. Music must be on a flashdrive/USB drive. We no longer accept CDs due to computer compatibility. Please do not bring your iPod as your source of music as they will not be accepted.
Please do not bring your iPod as your source of music as they will not be accepted.
9. Duets/groups may perform together; however, understand that prizes are picked for an individual winner, so we might not have prizes for each person in a group. Also, there may be a limited number of microphones, so groups will need to adjust. If the duet/group makes it past the Audition round, they MUST attend the other rounds with the same partner/group members.
Duets/Groups which contain members from both divisions must compete in the Advanced division.
1. When you sign up for auditions you must make a final decision on your song choice. When you sign up you will be required to provide your name, song choice, and series/artist it is from. You will also choose an audition time from a provided list.
2. Song choices for this round must be from an anime or video game that originates from Japan. Opening, ending, insert and ‘image’ songs are allowed. Vocaloid songs are NOT allowed in this round.
3. Song choices should be between 30 seconds to 1 minute in length for the audition, or for those of you familiar with other theatrical auditions: 16 bars. If you go over this time, you will be cut off by the judges. While you may start singing from the beginning of your song, it is suggested you CUT the song to showcase your voice as much as possible. Leaving in the pause before the start of a song or an instrumental intro does not help you show off your voice. A good rule of thumb is to use a part of the song that is the following: verse/chorus or verse/chorus/verse; however, you may use whatever part of the song you wish. These rules were made to help you, so please keep that in mind.
4. Songs for this round must be sung a capella only. That means you do not sing it with music at all so make sure to learn your notes!
5. Contestants completing in the Traditional division may bring lyric sheets with them for this round. Contestants competing in the Advanced division MUST have their song memorized.
6. Songs may be in any language for this round.
7. Auditions will be held in a panel room with only judges and MEK staff. Contestants will enter one at a time and perform for the judges. There will be no audience for this round. Contestants will be allowed to bring in family or friends if required for moral support.
8. For Advanced Division Contestants Only: In the event there are less than three contestants for this round, the Advanced division competition will be cancelled, but those who are prior winners may be invited to perform during the judging of the final Traditional round.
9. Winners of this round will be announced at the end of the event as well as posted at the Mu Epsilon Kappa booth. If a contestant is chosen to advance to the next round, they must be available for the second round of the contest.
10. Judges will have score and comment sheets for you available for pick-up after the contest at the Mu Epsilon Kappa Booth.
Second Round Rules
1. Contestants who advance to the Second Round may check in 15 minutes before the Second Round begins. Contestants must be prepared to make a final decision on song choice when they check in. Check in will take place inside or near the panel room where the Second Round will be held. Please refer to the AnimeFEST Event Schedule for location and time. Contestants must be checked in by the official start time of the panel. If you arrive late, wait until a break between performers before letting a judge or MEK staff member know and you will be added to the end of the list.
2. Song choices for this round must be from media that originates in Japan. Along with anime and video game music, songs from J-Dramas, Japanese live action movies and TV shows, and live stage versions of anime, as well as J-Pop, J-Rock, VKei, and Enka songs are also acceptable for this round. Anime opening, ending, insert and ‘image’ songs are allowed. Vocaloid songs will be allowed for this round. Songs must not be from the same anime/game or artist as chosen for auditions. Songs must be in any language other than English for this round. Songs may have English phrases, but the song must be at least 50% in a different language.
3. Songs for this round must be a minute to two minutes in length. At the two minute mark music will be faded out and/or a MEK staff member will politely inform the contestant of the end of their turn.
4. Backing tracks are allowed for this round, and will not be required to be karaoke/instrumental tracks. Contestants may bring karaoke tracks if they want. Contestants may also sing a capella.
5. Contestants competing in the Traditional division may use lyric sheets for this round if they so choose. Points will not be deducted for use of lyrics. However, those with memorized songs might receive more points.
Contestants competing in the Advanced division must have their song memorized for this round. Points will be deducted for the use of lyric sheets.
6. For Advanced Division Contestants Only: All Advanced division contestants MUST have at least ONE type of visual aid for this round. The visual aid can be stage movements/dance, costume, props, audience interaction, etc. Bottom line – Don’t just stand on stage and not move. Not sure if your idea would be ok? Email judges in advance (before the convention) to make sure!
7. Second Round will be open to the convention public which means there WILL be an audience. Contestants are encouraged bring in family or friends for moral support. Traditional division contestants will perform first. Advanced division contestants will perform once all other contestants have finished.
8. Winners for this round will be announced at the end of the event as well as posted at the Mu Epsilon Kappa booth.
9. Judges will have score and comment sheets for you available for pick-up after the contest at the Mu Epsilon Kappa Booth.