Judging/Scoring (How to Win)
Each category will be worth 15 points. In the case of a tie, the act with the highest audience response score will win. The judges’ decisions will be final!
The competition will be judged according to these categories:
- Lip Sync Abilities: How well the performer(s) lip-sync the lyrics of the song.
- Creativity: How original and creative the performance is. Instead of just standing on stage and lip-syncing a song, props, choreography, costumes and/or other ideas should be used and will impress the judges. Be creative!
- Stage Presence & Choreography: Again, don’t just stand there! Engage the audience, dance, smile, make eye contact with the judges and crowd…you’re a STAR — have fun!
- Audience Response: Engage the audience – get them clapping, cheering and singing along.
Tips for Preparing
- Memorize the lyrics: Listening to the song while reading the lyrics is the best way to start, then move on to singing the song without music, then practicing syncing to the song.
- Memorize the non-lyrical parts: Memorize the little, nonverbal parts of the songs such as humming, breathing, and intonation. These all add character to the lyrics and realism to the performance.
- Practice in front of a mirror: This will get you more comfortable with the performance and allow you to see yourself as the audience will. Exaggerate all facial and mouth movements.
- Remember you’re an actor on stage: Bring real emotion to the song. Lip syncing is acting, and as an actor, put yourself in the shoes of the singer and the words of the song. COMMIT to the song! Remember, exaggerate all facial and mouth movements!
- Sync like you’d sing: Sync the words as if they are actually coming out of your mouth. You can’t just mouth the words, act like your body would act if you were REALLY singing. Again, exaggerate all facial and mouth movements!
- Own the stage: If you have stage presence and own the space, with body language, movement, and high kicks, it will shift the focus from your lips and eliminate some of the pressure for you to lip sync perfectly.
- Use props: Allow the audience to become a part of your world.