Round 1: Smule Songbook

THEME

Sing any song from the official Smule songbook.

RULES

  • For this round, your song MUST be an official songbook song. No alternative versions are allowed!

  • Please note that Vocal Edge currently has an official playlist on the front page of Smule, right there with Killer Karaoke, Smule Picks etc.... Usually in order for your track to be considered, it must be either an official Smule songbook song, or an alternative version of an official Smule songbook song (for example, Acoustic).

  • NOTE FOR THIS ROUND ONLY - NO ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS ARE ALLOWED

  • Official songbook tracks are shown on Smule by the green icon shown here. These are the only tracks considered for the official playlist, (or usually alternative versions of these songs, but not for this round

  • You MUST sing an official songbook song in this round.

  • You MAY use Normal, Polish, Studio, Super Studio or Indie FX.

  • You MAY NOT use Grunge, Pop, Super Pop, Harmony, Stardust or Double You FX, unless these are just used for backing vocals or small adlibs.

  • You MAY open your song as solo, duet or group although you must be the only person to join.

  • If you are Non-VIP ask a judge who will open your song on your behalf.

  • Video songs are NOT allowed.

  • You MUST use TWO HASHTAGS and the correct COVER ART or you WILL be disqualified.

  • You must use the hashtag #VES4R1

  • You must also use your specific judge hashtag shown on the list here

  • You may NOT have your songs tagged by your groups until after results have been released.

  • Your SMULE name MUST be as shown on the list or you must have informed us of your name change. Failure to do so will result in no score being posted for your entry, and you will therefore be eliminated.

  • SMULE NAME CHANGES: http://www.vocaledgeonline.com/#!smule-name-change/aozye

  • ONCE YOUR SONG HAS BEEN MADE PUBLIC AND ANY JUDGE HAS CRITIQUED IN THE COMMENT SECTION, YOU THEN CANNOT CHANGE IT.

  • Your song MUST be submitted with the correct hashtags and cover art before 23:59 GMT on FRIDAY 13th May.

  • THIS ROUND HAS A SHORTENED DEADLINE IN ORDER TO ALLOW EFFICIENT JUDGING OF A VAST AMOUNT OF SONGS...

  • A countdown clock is provided for your benefit at www.vocaledgeonline.com

  • Results will be released on MONDAY 16th May at 15:00 GMT.

  • After the deadline, the countdown clock will change and will instead countdown to the release of results.

JUDGING CRITERIA

These are the criteria against which you will be judged. You will be given a point for covering the relevant question. Therefore by following the criteria given here, you can maximize your score and ensure you focus on the correct aspects of your song. RECORDING QUALITY: 3 Is there background noise?

Were the FX appropriate? (Correct feeling, right amount of reverb) Are the volumes balanced between the vocals and the backing track? TECHNIQUE: 2 Was the contestant in tune throughout? Did the contestant use appropriate dynamics? - for example loud, quiet, strong, soft DELIVERY: 3 Did the contestant put appropriate emotion into the song? Did the contestant sing with confidence? Did the contestant make the song their own with touches of originality? GENERAL VOCALS: 2 How much did the judge actually enjoy listening to this version?

SCORES AND RESULTS

In this round, you will be judged and critiqued by TWO judges. The judges will each make AT LEAST one positive and one constructive comment and these will NOT be intended personally but to help you improve so please be prepared to hear constructive criticism. The judging criteria is also CLEARLY shown so be sure to pick a song that will adhere to these criteria. Song choice is in YOUR hands, and so any complaints that your song couldn't fulfill the criteria will not be accepted. The 750 highest total scores will move on to the the next round. HIDDEN IMMUNITY There is a secret song, the title of which has been recorded in Smule, with a timestamp. Anyone who sings that song will automatically pass to the next round regardless of their score. The song will not be revealed to ANYONE until results.

Those who manage to sing the lucky song will have their true score placed on their running totals even though they will be automatically moving forwards. RISE TO THE TOP The Top 8% of scores moving forward from Round 1 will gain immunity for the next round, Round 2, and will NOT be eligible to be eliminated in that round. 8% of 500 is 20 people. In the event of a tie for immunity, Brett will choose his favourites from those in the tiebreak position. These people will also be those placed on the Vocal Edge playlist for the week.

JUDGES HASHTAGS

If your name is missing from these lists you MUST PM me (Brett), and have it corrected or added. If your name has changed you must use the website link as shown above in the RULES section. Many thanks!


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