OKKKAY! Hey everyone i’m back! (haha for those of you that actually know who I am -.-)
I know we’re a little late in the game so I’m going try to make this as quick, simple and sweet as possible. So long as everyone follows the directions, everything should fall into place rather smoothly.
- must be performed without vocal blocking, meaning you will have to locate a karaoke track, if you cannot find a cut (tv) version you might need it cut, please contact us ASAP if that is the case.
- must be in Japanese, or any other East Asian language, there will be no English songs permitted. However, scattered english is okay.
"But what if there is not tv sized karaoke track?"
edit: If you want something cut I need the request by THURSDAY (3.27.08). I will be out of town Friday and Saturday. I may get some cuts done Sunday but there is no guaranteed.
Staff will only cut ONE song for each person entering, so choose wisely.
Send an email to email@example.com labeled: Karaoke Cut Request for [insert artist and song name]. An email will be sent back to you letting you know whether we have what we need to make a cut version of the song, otherwise IF and only if we don't have the proper materials we will let you know and you’ll have to prepare the following:
- a karaoke track (instrumental, no original singer singing, harmony vocals are okay)
- a full length audio track (has the singer original singer singing the song)
- FULL lyrics of the song (directly cut and paste into email)
- a tv size version audio track (if locatable, otherwise look for it on youtube and link me to that)
I know a lot of emails don’t let you send files past a certain size, if this happens please use MEGAUPLOAD to upload your files (another alternative is yousendit but MEGAUPLOAD is preferred since the files don't get deleted for at least 3 months) and send the link to me in the email.
Also, do NOT send us the cut on the 29th of March and expect us to get it back to you in time for you to record your audition. You should plan on it taking us 2-3 days to send you back a shortened version, the cutting staff will not be responsible for you missing the deadline.
Returnees... (those that have performed in Acen Idol in the past, winner and participants alike)
- must have completely NEW SONGS, can not perform any songs they performed the previous year, otherwise will result in being pulled from the competition
The Rounds and Themes (just to keep in mind)
Round 1 – Anime, Anime movie, or drama opening theme or ending song. This does not inlcuden insert songs in the series, MUST BE the opening or ending of the show/movie. It must be the TV version, meaning it should not be longer than 2 minutes in length, however there may be exceptions. Take note that this song will also be the audition song. If an individual does not audition with his/her Round 1 song he/she will not be allowed to participate in the competition regardless of whether if he/she made the cut. However, if for any reason the individual can not perform the piece he/she will have re-audition with the new song, but after the march 20, 2008 deadline it cannot be changed and he/she will just have to deal with it. Since this also pertains to Anime Movie Theme or Ending songs there is a high possibility that there may not be an existing shortened version. If this is the case, let us know and we will make an artificial cut to fit the alloted time frame.
Round 2 - Around a 2-3 minute cut of a Japanese/Chinese/Korean/East-Asian-language song. If you make it into the performing 20 cut, you will choose a song and we will make a 2 minute cut for you to practice and perform (don’t worry too much about this 2 minute cut for the time being).
Round 3 - Any East Asian language song is a go. This is the only time in the competition that the full version of a song will be sung.
The Audition (sorry to push this deadline, but it has to be in by MARCH 30, 2008 NO EXCEPTIONS! Don't even ask, the answer will be no.)
Things to include (PLEASE FOLLOW THE FORMAT! ^__^):
- Artist – Song name – Opening/Ending of _________
- The original song.mp3/someaudiofile (if your song was cut by staff or taken from the forum, you’re exempt from this. Just indicate either “Done by staff” or “Taken from Forum”)
- The Karaoke Track.mp3/someaudiofile (if your song was cut by staff or taken from the forum, you’re exempt from this. Just indicate either “Done by staff” or “Taken from Forum”)
- The audition itself (note that it may be released to the public for their listening pleasure and may also be attached to the email)
- Your picture (note that it will be posted online for the public's viewing pleasure)
- Birthday: (no year necessary)
- Number of Years Attending Acen:
- Sounds like: (what/who you think you sound like)
- Favorite Artist(s): (include one East Asian artist)
- Favorite Song(s): (include one East Asian song)
- Favorite Manga(s):
- Favorite Anime(s):
- Why you are entering the contest:
- Why you should be the next Acen Idol:
- Extra: (any last thoughts/brides you may have?)
Please send your auditions to firstname.lastname@example.org and label it Audition for [insert your name].
Again please use MEGAUPLOAD to upload your stuff (another alternative is yousendit but MEGAUPLOAD is preferred since the links usually dont expire for at least 3 months) and send the link to us in the email.
EXAMPLE OF A GREAT AUDITION! (note that file is fake, don't ask why you can't download it...)
Taken from Forum
Taken from Forum
Audition: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=somecode (<--not real)
Attached picture to email
Birthday: April 19
Number of Years Attending Acen: 3
Sounds like: a dying squirrel
Favorite Artist(s): YUI, Younha, The Melody (among many others)
Favorite Song(s): First Love by Utada Hikaru, Paradise by The Melody
Favorite Manga(s): EVERYTHING
Favorite Anime(s): Cowboy Bebop, Witch Hunter Robin, Samurai Champloo
Why you are entering the contest: Because I like singing regardless of how bad I sound!
Why you should be the next Acen Idol: Because my dying squirrel voice is unique and I feel I would really bring something different to the table!
Extra: (any last thoughts/brides you may have?): If you bribe me enough I’ll consider never singing again, big IF though
Here are a few cuts that I already have so I just figured I'd post them here. If you choose to use one of the cuts, just indicate in your audition that the cut was “Taken from Forum” so you don't have to send the file to us. I will do my best to continue adding to the list as more cut requests come in.
These are all .rar files meaning you have to unzip the files with either winrar (google it) or zip7 (google it) and each file should contain two files; a .mp3 and a word document of the lyrics.
BoA – Every Heart (TV Version)
Chieko Kawabe - Sakura Kiss (TV Version)
Sowelu – I Will (TV Version)
Younha – Houki Boshi (TV Version)
I think I've just about covered everything, but do feel free to leave questions and I'll do my best to answer them as soon as possible :3
GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE! We're all looking forward to your auditions!