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TOP PRIZE KARAOKE SERIES

RULES AND REGULATIONS


OVERVIEW

Top Prize Karaoke Series (hereafter referred to as “The Contest”) is a Canadian National karaoke singing competition. It is open to all singers who meet the eligibility criteria.  The Contest is run in each province and shall have an estimated 600 qualified singers competing for a Provincial grand prize award.

Every province is divided into regions. Each region will have a minimum of 10 qualifying events. The selected winners of each qualifying event will advance in the contest to the regional finals.

The winners of the regional finals will advance to the next level and compete in the provincial finals. The winners of the provincial finals will receive the provincial grand prizes and may then advance to compete in the national finals.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To participate in The Contest, a contestant must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. Resident of Canada
  2. Age 19 or older at the time of the qualifying event in which they are trying to win entry into the regional championship
  3. Not an employee or representative of Top Prize Karaoke or D# Sports and Entertainment
  4. Has not previously won entry into the regional championship through another qualifying event
  5. Has not been previously banned from participating in any of the Top Prize Karaoke events.

*** PLEASE NOTE: ANY HOST LOCATION OF A QUALIFYING EVENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ENTRY TO ANY PERSON FOR ANY REASON, EVEN IF THEY MEET THESE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.  ***

QUALIFYING EVENTS

  • Qualifying events are held at various host locations throughout the province.
  • Any person meeting the eligibility requirements may enter any qualifying event at any location.
  • There is no limit to the number of qualifying events that can be entered, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry fee.
  • A $25 entry fee should be submitted to Top Prize Karaoke at least 10 days prior to the advertised start time of the qualifying event in order to be processed and accepted. Registration may be paid through https://topprizekaraoke.com/ticket-shop/ by purchasing a “Contestant” ticket to the qualifying event.
  • A maximum of 50 singers may be entered into any single qualifying event.  Once the maximum number of entries is reached, entries may be closed to this qualifying event so that no further entries may be accepted.
  • There will be 3 winners chosen from each qualifying event. Two of these winners will advance to the regional championship.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners of every qualifying event.
  • Contestants will sing one or more songs at the qualifying event.  In round one each of the (Maximum 20) singers will sing a song.  The scoring will be completed and the top 8 singers will advance to round two.  These 8 singers will once again each sing a song. The scoring of these top 8 singers will be calculated and the top three singers will advance to round three. The top three singers will each sing a song. Their scores will be calculated and the top 2 highest scores will be considered winners of this event and will receive the prize or prizes that have been allocated to this specific event. The 1st place singer will get to advance to the next level and compete in the provincial finals.
  • In addition a wild card winner from this group of singers will also be selected to advance to the next level and complete in the regional finals.

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

For every ten qualifying events, there will be one regional championship event.  Regional championship dates and locations TBA.

  • All the selected winners of the qualifying events, including the wild card winners, will participate in the regional championship.
  • Regional championship events will work exactly the same as the qualifying events; 20 singers will be reduced to 8, then 8 to 3, and then the final three will compete to establish the winners.  Judging and audience voting will remain the same as well.
  • The regional championship winners will have earned the opportunity to compete in the provincial finals.

PROVINCIAL FINALS

The Provincial Finals will be held at a date and location TBA.

  • All selected regional championship winners may compete in the Provincial Finals.
  • Each of the contestants at the provincial finals will sing two songs.
  • For each of the two rounds of singing, the scores from each judge will be ranked as in the previous rounds. The audience voting will also be ranked and scored.
  • The first, second, and third place winners will be declared the provinces finalists and then be awarded their final prizes.
  • The first and second place winners will then be given an opportunity to compete in the National Finals.

JUDGING/SCORING CRITERIA

There are two systems that will be used in combination to score and judge the singers competing in every event.

There will be a panel with a minimum of three judges at each event. In addition to this panel of judges the audience at the event and every remote viewer watching the event will have an opportunity to vote for their top three singers in any order.  Audience voting may be considered as an additional “judge”. The score assigned by each judge shall bear an equal weighting to the score generated by the audience vote with respect to the contestants final score.

Example #1: Three judges + Audience vote, so each judge contributes 25% to the contestant’s final score and the audience vote also will contribute 25% to the contestant’s final score (totaling 100%)

Example #2: Four Judges + Audience vote. In this case each judge contributes 20% to the contestant’s final score and the audience vote also will contribute 20% to the contestant’s final score (totaling 100%)

The judges will score each contestant for every song that is performed at every event. The judges will award up to 20 points to each contestant in each of the following five categories:

  1. Song Selection
  2. Vocal Ability
  3. Stage Presence
  4. Crowd Response
  5. Song Difficulty

The automated system will total the scores for each candidate that are assigned by each judge.

The automated scoring system will then rank all the contestants in ascending order based on their scores and assign a ranking score to each contestant for each judge.

Example #1: There are 20 contestants competing in the round so the first place contestant will be assigned a rank score of 20 points and the last place contestant will be assigned a ranking score of 1 point.

Example #2: There are 8 contestants competing in the round so the first place contestant will be assigned a rank score of 8 points and the last place contestant will be assigned a rank score of 1 point.

Example #3: There are 20 contestants competing in the round and the contestant with the highest number of votes from the viewing audience gets a ranking score of 20 points. The contestant that gets the fewest number of votes from the audience gets a ranking score of 1 point.

The automated scoring system tabulates the ranking score for all of the contestants from each judge and from the audience and then selects the winner with the highest score as being 1st place winner, The contestant with the 2nd highest score becomes the Runner Up or 2nd place winner.

In addition a wild card winner is picked from this same group of singers at every qualifying event. The singer that has received the highest number of votes (Accumulated from all three rounds of voting) will be considered the wild card winner and will also be given an opportunity to advance to the next level. The judge’s scores are not considered in the selection of the wild card winner.

* PLEASE NOTE THAT AUDIENCE VOTING IS NOT SUBJECT TO ANY CRITERIA. *

** THE DECISIONS OF JUDGES WILL BE DEEMED FINAL AT ALL STAGES OF THE CONTEST, AND THERE WILL BE A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY ON COMPLAINTS ABOUT JUDGING DECISIONS.  ANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT JUDGING DECISIONS WILL RESULT IN A WARNING ON THE FIRST OFFENSE, AND A BAN FROM ALL FURTHER PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST ON A SECOND OFFENSE. **

*** IN THE EVENT ONE OF THE SELECTED WINNERS DECIDES NOT TO COMPLETE IN THE FINALS FOR ANY REASON THE SECOND PLACE WINNER WILL BE ALLOWED TO ADVANCE TO THE FINALS IN THEIR PLACE. ***

**** THE ORGANIZERS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE CONTEST RULES AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE CONTEST ****

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