Meet Mandy: Karaoke Veteran, Judge, Mom

Championship League Karaoke created a unique approach to judging singing competitions by way of The All Star Break. For one night each season, league members take a break from team competition to contend for themselves. It has three voting pools: the audience, the competitors, and the judges. Each pool is weighted in a way that gives performers the most level of playing fields.

Singing competitions are tough to get ready for though. The only common consensus by which to prepare is to know the audience. With that in mind, we asked one of the Summer 2017 All Star Break judges what they look for in a first place performance. Amanda R. said she…

…expects all performances to be family friendly. No cursing or nudity. Just kidding! Curse away! Whip it out! I’m a cool mom!

In a one night, one performance, winner take all competition; how would you judge performances if competitors can use costumes, props, or do rewrites?

I am a huge fan of the performance. Costumes and props get a lot of points from me. Rewrites are not my favorite. If you’re going to win my vote with a rewrite, it better be easy to understand and hilarious. Puns go a long way with me.

How elaborate do you like your costumes and props?

Any effort is good but I especially appreciate people who put in time to ensuring their performance looks good. I like creativity and cleverness.

Does clarity, pitch, or volume play a factor in how you would determine a winner?

The quality of singing can enhance a performance but good singing alone will likely not get my vote.

How important is song selection?

Song choice is important. I love upbeat and not-so-undancey music. Get the energy up and entertain. I listen to a wide range of music though, so all genres are fair game.

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