Karaoke | Zenkaikon, Anime & Sci-Fi Convention, Lancaster PA

Zenkaikon, Anime & Sci-Fi Convention, Lancaster PA

April 1-3, 2016, Lancaster County Convention Center


Zenkaikon 2019 Karaoke will feature open mic karaoke and a karaoke contest!

Open Mic Karaoke

Open Mic will happen Friday through Sunday during scheduled blocks.

Song Rules

  1. Must be an anime song, jpop song, or Japanese video game song.
  2. Must be six minutes in length or under. Songs that are longer will be cut at six minutes.
  3. Must not contain profanities.

General Rules

  1. You can only sign up to sing one song at a time. Once you have sung your song, you can sign up again.
  2. It is strongly recommended that you bring the backing track for the song you want to sing, as well as lyrics, if needed. We will have a database of songs you can pick from, but it will by no means have all possible songs.
  3. You are encouraged to sing and have fun, but no heckling or doing anything that would be deemed dangerous on the stage.
  4. To make sure you have time to sing, please show up as early as you can. Songs will be banned for the day, if sung too many times.

Karaoke Contest

Participants will be picked for the contest ahead of time. The event will happen on Saturday night.

Pre-Con Qualification Submission Rules

  1. In order to be selected to enter the contest before Zenkaikon 2019, you must submit an audio clip of you singing the song you’d like to compete with to karaoke@zenkaikon.com. Please include “Zenkaikon Karaoke Contest” in the subject.
  2. In the email please include:
    • Your first and last name
    • The title, artist and franchise (if applicable) of the song
    • Your phone number (that you can be reached at during Zenkaikon 2019)
  3. The email must be sent by 2/22/19.
  4. If two people want to perform the same song, the person who submitted first has priority, and the person who submitted second will be asked to change their song.
  5. Those who submitted will be notified by email by 3/8/19 whether they were accepted into the contest or not.

At-Con Qualification Rules

  1. Even if you weren’t accepted into the contest before Zenkaikon, there’s still a chance to sign up as a contestant (unless all spots are filled) or as an alternate (until all spots are filled).
  2. Come to Open Mic Karaoke before the contest, and when you sign up to sing, notify a Karaoke staffer that you’d like to try out for the contest.
  3. At the time of signing up, please submit:
    • Your first and last name
    • Your email address
    • Your phone number (that you can be reached at during Zenkaikon 2019)
  4. Your performance will be evaluated, and you will be notified after your performance if you were accepted into the contest or not. Please come back after your performance to ask if you were accepted.

Song Rules

In addition to the Karaoke Open Mic song rules, the following song rules apply to the contest:
  1. Must be the karaoke version of the song you’d like to sing.
  2. The original version of the song must be in mostly Japanese.
  3. Bad quality vocal rips/Youtube rips are not allowed.
  4. Full versions of songs only -- No TV-size/shortened versions of songs.
  5. If you entered the contest last year, you may not sing the same song you sang last year.

Contest Rules

  1. No acapella allowed -- All performances must have accompanying karaoke tracks.
  2. No printed lyrics allowed during the performance -- Contestants need to memorize their songs ahead of time.
  3. Contestants must check in 30 minutes prior to contest start. Any contestant not there on time will be considered forfeit, and an alternate will be picked as a replacement.
  4. No duets/groups. Contestants must apply/perform on their own.
  5. No accompanying instruments allowed.
  6. No Zenkaikon 2019 staff member may compete.

Judging Criteria

Judges will be rating each contestant on the following aspects:
  • Pitch (30%) -- Are you hitting the right notes?
  • Timing (30%) -- Are you singing the notes at the right time?
  • Lyrics (30%) -- Are you singing the correct lyrics?
  • Audience participation (10%) -- Is the audience digging your performance?
Awards will be given for first, second and third place.