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5th Mar, 2020

How to Give Your Best at Singing Competition

We watch many TV shows where singers are judged by judge panels. You might be preparing to enter a singing competition or an audition for a series, or for college admissions and scholarships. Have you ever wondered what exactly is involved in properly evaluating the success of a singer? While we would like to believe the process is impartial, many judges depend on their own musical experience, based on how they feel about the singer in their ratings. Singing can nevertheless be evaluated on a more objective basis. Learning what the judges are looking for and how they typically make contestant decisions will give you an advantage as you prepare for singing competition. Here are some helpful techniques and guidance for singing and audition for you to prepare your best in any kind of singing competition;

Singing assessment requirements. What are the norms?

We will first consider the parameters used by the audition judges for assessment during a singing competition and then explain the different aspects of traditionally judged vocal performance. The judges strive to apply the standards as objectively as possible, using a rating scale to judge singers equally and impartially. In general, we always use numbers for the rating scale. This scale is known as the "Evaluation Guidelines" or the "Evaluation Standards” and the standard scale is 1 to 5.

• 5 Points: outstanding, excellent, skilled, superior
• 4 Points: very good, better than average but not very good
• 3 Points: Average, reasonable, few shortcomings or obvious shortcomings
• 2 Points: needs work, other significant shortcomings
• 1 Point: bad, unreasonable, indicates significant unpreparedness or ability

Criteria for judging singers during singing competition

Now that we understand the rating system, let us discuss the parameters used to measure your performance (singing / performing qualities; criteria). If you are training for an audition it would be wise to take particular note of the following factors. There are seven categories or parameters that are often used for evaluating vocal performance during a singing competition. These may vary by situation and team, but in any live performance setting, the beauty of this approach is that it can be applied to any music style.

Category 1: Stage appearance / Communication with the Audience

This category is focused on how the singer dresses, uses the stage, moves, interacts (if any) with the live musicians, and communicates with the audience. The best outfit should be based on the theme and environment. Movement is also an important part of presence on stage. Ideally a singer should move naturally and correctly to maximize performance. You should choose to use the whole stage, maybe walking slowly at a dramatic moment, standing close to the audience at the lip of the stage, and above all feeling relaxed on the stage throughout the show. Your movements should always suit the song and the singing style.

Category 2: Wording or Diction

Often ask the question to yourself: do I understand the words? If you have trouble understanding the song's verse, the pronunciation could be something wrong. Diction is a very important part of singing, and the judges will listen carefully to how well you sing the words, whether the lyrics are sung in a stylistically appropriate manner, and whether they can understand the lyrics easily.

Category 3: Accuracy of pitch while singing

At first glance, this seems simple: are you singing in tune during the competition? It's not always that easy to tell, in fact. For example, for just one high or low note, you could sing perfectly in tune 99 percent of the time but go slightly out of tune. This would affect the score given by the judges during the singing competition. Moreover, people tend to listen differently to the songs. When a jury of judges scores a singer the numbers are almost never perfectly matched. So you need to be very accurate while singing a song.

Category 4: Quality of vocal

Whether a voice is of good quality or not will be judged on priority during a singing competition. Nevertheless, judges will also find singing methods that affect the quality of the performance, such as breath support, projection, singing posture and whether the voice sounds strained. So you need to be very careful of the quality of your vocal while singing.

Category 5: Understanding rhythm

Perhaps one of the most important factors contributing to the consistency of the performance is the rhythmic "feel." While there are definitely harmonic and melodic practices for every style, what makes music swing is the rhythmic positioning of the notes. First of all, before you start preparing for the singing competition, you should ask yourself the question, does the music of course groove? If it sounds involuntarily slowing, stumbling, pushing, running, dragging, jagging, or rough, it may be a warning that something is not rhythmically right. Singing should always flow effortlessly and naturally during any type of singing competition.

Category 6: Intensity or gradations of volume

Intensity or volume gradations, from loud to low will be judged very carefully during singing competition. The judges will look for whether you have managed to keep their attention and interest throughout the show. Consistencies, contradictions and, sometimes, variations between them will all be scrutinized by the judges. so you need to look for that. Your song should be very interesting to impress the judges. This really matters during any type of singing competition you prepare for.

Category 7: Choice and Time limit of your song

There are some songs in your living room or car that are great to listen to but not so exciting to be playing on a big stage. Some songs might be perfect for a big stage but in a small audition room, they don't fit well. Therefore, you as a singer need to choose the best song for the occasion. If the audition has a fixed time limit, you should be sure to sing the part of the song that best showcases your voice.

Last but not the least, you should practice enough in advance for your audition, but do not over-prepare either. No matter what you do during the singing competition, don't just try to wing it. The judges watch attentively to see how well you sing. Finally, do take the help from a coach to prepare for the worst during the singing competition and gear up to sing your best!

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