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Singing Contests And How To Win Them

Jul 9, 2008
The cliche we have all heard so many times about singers being born but performers being made, may well be true working on the theory that people with good voices can be good singers, but let's face it, not all singers are good performers. A singer, first and foremost has to have a good voice, but if he decides to pursue a career in singing, he also needs to be a great performer.

This is because there is an audience involved when someone wants to make it to the top in singing and, therefore, every singer has to have aims to become an entertainer as well.

The majority of singers make contests their springboard for success and every singer hopes to win every major contest they enter in order to be catapulted to the height of their profession.

When they win, this serves as a career boost mainly because there are likely to be recording studio scouts at the contests. If singers are good at what they do, it will not take long before their talents are noticed and they will soon be on the way to stardom.

So how does one go about winning these singing contests?

A singer needs to assess his singing quality. Better still, he could seek advice from an expert who will tell him in a frank manner what vocal quality he possesses. Being aware of his singing excellence will enable the singer to pick the right songs for his voice and this is the first step to being successful in the contests.

However great a voice a singer may have if the choice of song is inappropriate his chances of winning the contest will be greatly impaired. This is the reason why the choice of song has to be right for both his voice and his personality.

The singer needs to take time to create his own style once an appropriate song has been selected. Many singers do their best imitation of the original singer of the song they have chosen and this is not at all appreciated by the judges of the contests as the singer does not get the opportunity to put their own mark on the song. To be honest, you may as well just go along to the local karaoke bar if you intend to copy someone else's style as well as their song.

Developing a style of your own would be admired by the judges who are more likely than not looking for new talent and the audience will also enjoy seeing a new performance. So stick to your own version and you will find you end up in first place, instead of being a runner up.

When your singing style has been developed, it is time to look at your performance as a whole. As mentioned earlier, it's not just about singing, but about being a good all round performer. Do the song you are singing justice, not just in they way you sing it but in your body language when performing.

If you want to win singing contests, the way to do it is to develop your singing voice along with the power of your performance which will display your individual personality by way of your diction, your dress sense and your oozing self confidence.
About the Author
Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of MusicianHome.com, a site that provides information and articles for musicians at all stages of their development.
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