What is a Karaoke League? Crackers Karaoke League is a fun social gathering that implements the idea that just standing in one spot singing, isn't enough. It is designed to provide an atmosphere of comfort and acceptance to the singer, in which they can expand their performance skills and basically become a well rounded entertainer, with other like-minded individuals. Singers are encouraged to dress up in costume or stage clothes, sing with passion and expression.
Once a week, (depending on what night you're in our league) you'll sing two songs in front of two judges (who are from a previous karaoke league night). Sticking with the theme of the evening, you'll give them/us your best version of the songs you are attempting. You'll be judged, rated, ranked and applauded. Singers are marked on vocal abilities as well as expression, with a couple extra points per song for props and costumes. Depending on how many people are singing on your night will determine how many points you get. If you end up in 3rd place on your evening, you'll get three points. If you wind up in 17th place, you'll get 17 points. The scoring is like golf in which the smaller the number the better the result. While all league nights are first and foremost about fun, we do have a few evenings scattered throughout the league that are ONLY about fun, no competitive aspect at all. On these nights, you'll simply have to attend to receive first place points. Singers are allowed two absences over the course of the league which are to be used in case something else comes up such as illness and you simply can't attend. Any more than two nights and you are disqualified from the semi final/final (however, you may continue coming to league nights and participate). Singing begins at 9pm and continues until the last singer has sang two songs. Although it is not required that you stay until the end of the evening, it is really the respectful thing to do. Let's face it, they stayed to listen to you, why not do the same? The Top 3 finishers on their respective nights will get a bye into the final. The remaining singers will sing in the semi finals and which the top 11 will also get an invite into the final. Only 1 song will be needed if you make it to the semi finals, or finals.
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2. Owen Wisner
February 27,28 & March 1 - no league this week
March 6,7,8 - The Voice - this week is all about voice and nothing else. No costumes, no dancing, no big productions because the judges will only be able to hear you and not see you! Hopefully, I'll have some partition rigged up by then that will segregate the judges from the singers.
March 13,14,15 - TV, Musicals and Movies - Very easy. Pick your favorite songs from your favorite big screen, little screen or stage show. Pretty much every song in existence has wound up on one of those forms of media over the years so this shouldn't pose a problem for anybody.
March 20,21,22 - Duets - everybody picks two duets to sing. NO SINGING PARTNERS FROM THE SAME NIGHT! Meaning, you'll HAVE TO find someone either from outside the karaoke league or on another league night. As of today (December 10) you'll have almost three and half months to figure this one out. "my singing partner cancelled on me the last minute" isn't going to work this time around. This theme night is all about participation and nothing else. It's supposed to be a fun night, so let's not make it difficult. First place marks for everyone following the rules and showing up. Last place marks for the absentees and the ones who can't play by the rules.
March 27 - Semi Final - Everyone who hasn't missed more than 2 nights and has finished 4th or lower in the overall standings will qualify to sing on this evening. Only 11 people will advance to the final and sing with the top 3 overall singers from each night who will get a bye on this evening.
March 29 - League Finals - Eleven people from the semi finals will join the top 3 overall singers from each league night to make a total of 20. Over the past couple of leagues, there's been enough generosity from league sponsors to allow all singers on this evening to get a prize, unfortunately this isn't always a certainty. Also on this evening, we hand out the trophies for top three on each league night, the spirit award, top rookie and most improved singer. (in order to be considered for one of these trophies, attendance has to be pretty much spotless).
I'd like to thank all of the people who answered Gary McKinlay's Facebook post and contributed to the theme night ideas. I've written down some of the really good ones and I'll save them for the short spring league that we have in May/June. (that one could be really crazy!) One last thing, new karaoke leaguers would probably benefit from joining our Crackers Saskatoon! facebook group. So, let's get on this and add a few of these new people, okay gang!?