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Houston Show Choir

Star of Houston Karaoke Contest


  1. Preliminary rounds of the contest are to be held from 12:00-5:30pm on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020. The cost to enter is $25.
  2. There will be 11 sessions of the preliminary rounds, with one finalist from each session chosen.
  3. The final, featuring up to 11 contestants, will be held at 6:30pm on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020, during the evening “Beer, Brats & Beats” event.
  4. Cash prizes will be awarded as follows: First Place $500, Second Place $300, Third Place $100


  1. Contestants must be at least 18 years of age on May 3, 2020
  2. To enter, contestants must do BOTH of these things: (1) reserve a performance slot during one of the preliminary rounds [BELOW], and (2) pay a non-refundable registration fee of $25 [PAYMENT PAGE]. Payment must be received within 48 hours of reserving a performance slot, else that time will be released.
  3. The contest is open to individual performers only, singing unaccompanied or with a recorded track. One microphone and an audio system will be provided.
  4. At the time of registration, contestants must specify three songs that he/she is prepared to perform: (1) a song for the preliminary round, (2) a song for the final contest, if chosen, and (3) a back-up song if there is duplication among contestants. In the case of duplication, priority will be given to contestants who registered first. Song choices may not be changed after registration.
  5. All selected songs must have a duration of no longer than 3 minutes. Longer performances will be faded out.
  6. Profanity or inappropriate conduct are not permitted. The karaoke contest is being held in the context of a family fun day, and children will be present during the preliminary rounds. Song choices for both preliminary and final rounds should be family friendly and rated PG or less. Contest staff reserve the right to stop a performance and disqualify a contestant if they feel the act has become inappropriate.
  7. Contestants will specify or provide backing audio tracks to accompany their song selections [TO BE HANDLED VIA EMAIL]. Tracks should not include any lead vocals. All track selections must be defined by April 24, 2020.
  8. If the accompaniment tracks include karaoke lyrics, they may be displayed on the audio system equipment. Songs in the finalist round are expected to be performed without displayed lyrics.
  9. Contestants should arrive at their designated stage area 15 minutes before the assigned preliminary or final round start time. The order of performance within each round will be determined by contest staff.
  10. During their performances, contestants must not leave the stage or stage area, nor interact with the judges or contest staff.
  11. Judging criteria for both preliminary and final rounds are as follows:
    1. Vocal Performance 1-25 points (per judge) — Contestants will be rated on their vocal performance and ability, including pitch, phrasing, vibrato, rhythm, and tone.
    2. Stage Performance 1-10 points (per judge) — Contestants will be rated on their stage presence and presentation, including confidence, movement/dancing, appearance, and command of audience.
  12. Judge decisions are final.
  13. At the conclusion of each of the 11 preliminary rounds, a finalist will be selected to compete in the evening’s final contest.
  14. Finalists will check in to the contestant area near the Beer Hall by 6:15pm. Finalists without a ticket to the Beer, Brats & Beats event will remain in the contestant area except for their performance and for announcement of the results. Once prizes have been awarded, finalists without a ticket to the event will leave.
  15. Tickets to the Beer, Brats & Beats event, held to support Houston Show Choir, are $75 each sold in advance. A limited number of tickets to the event may be purchased by contestants for themselves or supporters on the day, but this is subject to availability.
  16. Contestants give Houston Show Choir permission to share photographs and/or video (which may be edited) of the karaoke contest in publicity materials and on social media.
  17. Questions may be directed to the contest organizers at [email protected].

By entering the Star of Houston Karaoke Contest, I acknowledge that I have read, understood, and will comply with the contest rules.

Date: 05/03/2020 (Sun.)

Location: Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020

Created by:   HSC Admin
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Time (CDT) Available Slot
12:00pm - 12:30pm  

Preliminary Round 1 (10)

12:30pm - 1:00pm  

Preliminary Round 2 (10)

1:00pm - 1:30pm  

Preliminary Round 3 (10)

1:30pm - 2:00pm  

Preliminary Round 4 (10)

2:00pm - 2:30pm  

Preliminary Round 5 (10)

2:30pm - 3:00pm  

Preliminary Round 6 (10)

3:00pm - 3:30pm  

Preliminary Round 7 (10)

3:30pm - 4:00pm  

Preliminary Round 8 (10)

1 of 10 slots filled
4:00pm - 4:30pm  

Preliminary Round 9 (10)

1 of 10 slots filled
4:30pm - 5:00pm  

Preliminary Round 10 (10)

5:00pm - 5:30pm  

Preliminary Round 11 (10)

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