OFFICIAL WKT COMPETITION REGULATIONS

Guidelines for Competing

1. INTRODUCTION

1.1 These WKT Competition Regulations apply to all World Karaoke Tour events. All applicants who meet this criterion are welcome and encouraged to apply to be an Entrant. WKT producers reserve the right to determine a singer’s eligibility over and above these rules. All decisions will be final.

1.2 By using or visiting the WKT website or any software, data feeds, and services provided to you on, from, or through the WKT website (collectively the "Service") you signify your agreement to (1) these WKT Rules (the "WKT Competition Regulations", the Online Event Entry Terms of Participation (the "Event Terms"), the WKT Terms of Use (the "Terms") and the WKT Privacy Policy (the "Privacy Policy"). If you do not agree to any of these terms & policies incorporated herein by reference please do not use the Service.

1.3 Although we may attempt to notify you when major changes are made to these Rules, Terms and Policies, you should periodically review the most up-to-date versions. WKT may, in its sole discretion, modify or revise these Rules, Terms and Policies at any time, and you agree to be bound by such modifications or revisions. Nothing in these Rules shall be deemed to confer any third-party rights or benefits.

2. SINGER ELIGIBILITY

2.1 World Karaoke Tour events are open to all singers regardless of status except those singers who are under a professional recording contract and/or talent management contract.

2.2 By using this Service you are certifying to WKT that you are "NOT" currently under a valid professional recording contract and/or talent management agreement.

3. HOW TO COMPETE IN ONLINE EVENTS

Step 1: Create an Artist Account

Sign Up HERE to create your WKT Artist Account.

You will receive a WKT Artist number and once you've confirmed your e-mail address, you will be able to customize your Artist Profile and register for WKT Events.

Step 2: Select An Event

Once you've created your WKT Artist Account, you may select an event to participate in on the Events Page.

Step 3: Pay Entry Fee

Once you've clicked the "Register" button for the selected event and confirmed your registration, you will be sent to the payment screen to submit the Entry Fee Payment.

Registration alone does not guarantee entry into an event. Only after you have completed payment will you be confirmed as a verified entrant.

Step 4: Select a Song (limit 1 per event)

Next, you select one of the elegible songs from the Event view page and create your own video performance rendition of the Track. (Important!: Submission performances must be recorded after the Event Entry Date. Any performace submitted that was recorded previously will be rejected and you will be given a score of Zero).

Important!: Songs must be performed live using your "natural voice". Natural Voice is defined as your authentic voice being recorded directly into the camera at the time of recording and not through recording software using any type of voice modulation including but not limited to, auto-tune, reverb, delay, echo, gate, etc; Use of a powered Microphone to amplify your voice during a performance is perfectly acceptable as long as it does not use any voice modulation. WKT event song submissions cannot be pre-recorded and then synched or lip-synched to a video performance. If using a voice/song recording app such as "Smule" that has built-in voice modulation settings, you must submit your song with those settings turned off. Any song submitted not following these rules will be automatically given a score of zero (0).

Step 5: Submit Song

Upload your performace to one of the WKT "Approved Video Sharing Sites" and submit the link to us on the Song Submission Page. (Important!: Submission performances that are not viewable as per the instructions below will be rejected and you will be given a score of Zero).

Step 6: Judging & Results

Wait for judging to be completed and see how you placed!

4. Approved Video Sharing Sites

  1. Smule
    (Share or Embed URL)
    • https://www.smule.com/p/XXXXXXXXX_XXXXXXXXX
    • https://www.smule.com/recording/artist-song/XXXXXXXXX_XXXXXXXXX


  2. YouTube
    (Share or Embed URL - Must be set to "Unlisted")
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXXXXXXXXXX
    • https://youtu.be/XXXXXXXXXXX
    • https://www.youtube.com/embed/XXXXXXXXXXX


  3. YouKu
    (Embed URL - YouKu ID must include == at end of URL)
    • http://player.youku.com/embed/XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


  4. Vimeo
    (Share URL - Must be set to "Public")
    • https://vimeo.com/XXXXXXXXX/


  5. Facebook
    (Show Video URL - Must be set to "Public") Important!: Make sure you are logged out of your Facebook account before you submit your song. If your video is set to "Private" it will still play for you when you are logged in.
    • https://www.facebook.com/username/videos/XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX/


5. ACCEPTANCE OF YOUR

5.1 On receipt of your entry (which must be received before the deadline specified on the WKT Website) we will send you, the singer, an email acknowledgement. However, acceptance of your entry remains subject to (a) approval of it by the Organizer of the relevant competition in accordance with these WKT Competition Regulations and (b) receipt of the full amount of the Entry Fee as set out in 4 below.

5.2 Once we have been notified as to whether your entry has been accepted, we will send an email either confirming acceptance (an Acceptance Email) or notifying you that your entry has not been accepted. Your acceptance status can then be viewed in the 'Singers' logged in area of the WKT website (the Singer’s Area).

6 PAYMENT

6.1 The entry fee for each competition is listed on the WKT Website (Entry Fee). Payment of the Entry Fee must be made at the time of entry by you or by your Representative using one of payment methods specified on the WKT Website for the relevant competition.

6.2 Only after you have completed payment will you be confirmed as a verified entrant. Simply registering for an event does not guarantee entry.

6.3 Where payment is made by Paypal the following terms also apply. Follow the instructions during Online Entry. On receipt of payment, Paypal will send the Paypal account or card holder an email confirming receipt of payment. Please note that payments are completely managed by Paypal, and the WKT has no responsibility for accepting, processing or refunding your payment (if required). Payment via Paypal may be subject to Paypal’s own terms and conditions (as advised by Paypal).

6.4 What is PayPal? - PayPal is a safe, simple way to send and receive money online and is one of the world's leading online payment providers. PayPal is secure and allows you to pay or get paid quickly and easily without sharing any of your financial information.

6.5 Why use PayPal? - When you pay with PayPal your financial details are never shared with sellers or retailers, so you’re better protected against fraud. Singers don't have to repeatedly type in their card details each time they pay which will save time and effort. PayPal is the preferred web payment method in the US; all a singers needs is an email address and a password to pay for an event in just a few clicks.

7 REFUNDS

7.1 Under the WKT Online Event Entry Terms of Participation you are entitled to a full refund of the Entry Fee in the following circumstances:

7.1.1 Your entry is not approved by the Organizer of the relevant competition (or you are accepted as a reserve and are not called upon to participate);

7.1.2 The competition is cancelled before you have started to compete; or

7.2 The WKT accepts no responsibility whatsoever for refunds due in relation to Third Party Competitions, which remain the sole responsibility of the Third Party Organiser. All enquiries about refunds for Third Party Competitions must be addressed to and resolved by the Third Party Organiser.

8. JUDGING CRITERIA, SCORING & POINTS

8.1 JUDGING PANEL: Each WKT judging panel will consist of music, entertainment, media professionals, WKT Competitors (that are not entered in the same event) as well as other representatives. The panel will consist of approximately 3 - 5 members. WKT and/or the independent event producer will choose members of the judging panel. More members may be added at discretion of WKT.

8.2 JUDGING TRANSPARENCY: To ensure that judging is conducted in a fair and transparent manner, all individual Judge's scores and comments are published on each Event's Results page along with the Judge's name and country of origin.

8.3 JUDGING CRITERIA: In all WKT events there are three (3) different judging criteria. Each criteria will be judged separately. The final score a compeitor receives in a WKT competition is an averaged score based on the number of judges, which means that all points of all songs will be summed up and then divided by the number of jiudges to get the average score. The competitor, who has the highest average score will win.

Vocal Quality (out of 10 points)
  • The quality and individual characteristics of the voice
  • No heavy effects on voice
  • Are they in key: noticeably flat or sharp
  • The audio quality of the video is clear
Artistry & Expression (out of 5 points)
  • How well the performer is able to express the meaning and mood of the song
  • facial and body expression
Entertainment Value (out of 5 points)
  • The combination of Vocal Quality and Artistry presented in the performance
  • mixed with the quality of production experience
  • Does the performance grab your attention
  • The caliber of the video; lighting and audio.
COMMENTS:
  • Judges are required to leave their constructive comments on the performance of each event participant.
  • Judging is transparent and will be seen in the results section of each event.
  • Overly aggressive tone, unprofessional conduct, and/or foul language will not be tolerated.
  • WKT reserves the right to edit or delete comments from Judges who do act in accordance with WKT Judging Guidelines.

8.4 SUBJECTIVE SCORING CRITERIA:

OUT OF 10 POINTS
  • 1.0 - 3.0 points: Needs Improvement
  • 3.0 - 5.0 points: Average
  • 5.0 - 7.0 points: Good
  • 7.0 - 9.0 points: Very Good
  • 9.0 - 9.5 points: High Quality
  • 9.5 - 10.0 points: Professional
OUT OF 5 POINTS
  • 1.0 - 2.0 points: Needs Improvement
  • 2.0 - 3.0 points: Average
  • 3.0 - 4.0 points: Good
  • 4.0 - 4.5 points: High Quality
  • 4.5 - 5.0 points: Professional

8.5 POINTS: WKT World Ranking points are given to all verified participants for every WKT event. Points are determined by the designated Series for each Event. All verified participants or each event will be gauranteed the lowest amount of points.

8.6 DISTRIBUTION OF POINTS: The Distribution of WKT World Ranking Points works on Bottom-Up sliding scale.

Example:

  • A Copper Series event has a maximum number of 25 participants and scoring is broken down into 4 rounds.
  • Points are distributed to 1st place, 2nd-5th Place, 6th-10th place and 11th-25th place.
  • This event would need 15 or more participants for points to be issued in the 6th-10th place round and more than 20 participants for points to be issued in the 2nd-5th Place round.
  • If there are fewer participants in the tournament than the number of places in the first round, all singers will receive the lowest number of points in the event except for the Winner who would receive the maximum.



9. FAIRNESS POLICY

9.1 The WKT Fairness Policy is in place to protect Artists from potential bias judging that can adversely affect event results.

9.2 WKT software detects any variation in judging that is a 2 full point discrepancy or greater. (Ex. If Judge "A" rates a singer's Vocal Express a 4.5 and Judge "B" rates the same singer a 2.5 the software flags this judging decision automatically.)

9.3 Every Event's judging process is finalized by an Administrative judge that has been assigned to the event by the Event Producer.

9.4 This Judge is responsible for certifying that all results have been tabulated within the WKT Fairness Policy.

9.5 Once the Administrative Judge determines that judging has been completed, the event is locked and results are published and WKT World Ranking points are issued.

9.6 Final standings for the event will be published on the individual event Results Page.

9.7 WKT reserves the right to update or adjust any Comment written by a Judge that it feels is unprofessional, abusive or against the good will of fair competition.

10. EVENT GENRES

10.1 WKT events are open to all genres of music unless otherwise stated.

10.2 A singer may also, when applicable, enter their performances into a Genre category for consideration. The genre categories for competition will be:

  1. Pop/Urban
    Pop is english speaking pop music.
  2. Urban
    Urban is defined by styles of R&B, Hip-Hop, Rap, etc.
  3. Rock
    All styles of english speaking Rock including hard rock, metal,classic rock, 50’s, etc.
  4. Country
    Country is traditional english speaking country music.
  5. Variety
    All other english speaking genres not defined in the other categories: ie. Broadway, Opera, Jazz, etc.

11. EVENT SERIES

11.1 WKT Events are designated by Series which determines the number of participants allowed and the amount of WKT Ranking Points available to Participants. You can view each Series by clicking HERE.

12. PARTICIPANT CATEGORIES

12.1 Open: Events that are open to any eligible WKT Member 13 years of age or older. (WKT Members under 18 years of age require parental or legal guardian consent).

12.2 Junior: Events that are open to any eligible WKT Member younger than 18 years of age.

13. EVENT STATUS & DATES

13.1 Entry Start Date: The date that entries will be accepted into a specific event.

13.2 Entry End Date: The date that entries will close for a specific event.

13.3 Event Start Date (Online): The date that judging begins for a specific event.

13.4 Event Start Date (Live): The date that competiton starts for a specific event.

13.5 Song Submission Deadline (Online): The date that a song for a specific event must be submitted. (Important!: WKT reserves the right to extend the Song Submission Deadline at any time.)

13.5 Results Date (Online): The date that judging results will be published for a specific event.

14. EVENT TYPE

14.1 WKT events are "Open" to registered WKT members on a first come basis or "Ranked" that are restricted by WKT Ranking.

14.2 Open: The first XX registered singers will be selected.

14.3 Ranking: The top XX WKT ranked registered singers will be selected.