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Round 5 - Pop Rock



Sing any song by an artist from the provided list: (These artists are a selection of artists deemed as 'Pop Rock' artists)


  • For this round, your song MUST be from the approved list of artists provided at the bottom of this document.

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

  • You MAY NOT use Pop, Super Pop, Stardust or Double You FX (except in backing/adlib layers for effect).

  • You MAY NOT use Harmony or Super Harmony FX at all.

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

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

  • Mashups ARE allowed in this round although all songs in the mashup must be by an artist on the provided list (multiple artists from the list are allowed) and you must list the mashed songs in the song description.

  • Alternative versions such as acoustics ARE allowed in this round.

  • You are reminded that Vocal Edge is a test of your vocal versatility, and as such we encourage you to embrace the genre as intended.

  • Video songs are NOT allowed.

  • You MUST use CORRECT HASHTAG and the correct COVER ART or you WILL be disqualified.

  • You must use the hashtag #VES4R5

  • 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:!smule-name-change/aozye


  • Your song MUST be submitted with the correct hashtags and cover art before 23:59 GMT on SATURDAY 11th June.

  • A countdown clock is provided for your benefit at

  • Results will be released on MONDAY 13th June at 15:00 GMT.

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


  • Please note that Vocal Edge currently has an official playlist on the front page of Smule, right there with Killer Karaoke, Smule Picks etc.... 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).

  • Official songbook tracks are shown on Smule by the green icon shown here. These are the only tracks considered for the official playlist, (or alternative versions of these songs)


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: 2 Is there background noise? Were the volumes and FX appropriate and balanced between the track and all vocal layers? TECHNIQUE: 2 Was the contestant in tune throughout in each of their layers? Did the contestant use appropriate dynamics? - for example loud, quiet, strong, soft DELIVERY: 2 Did the contestant put appropriate emotion into the song? Did the contestant make the song their own with touches of originality? HARMONY: 2 Did the contestant use harmony in their song? Did the harmonies build through the song to create ebb and flow throughout the song? GENERAL VOCALS: 2 Did the judge actually enjoy listening to this version?


In this round, you will be judged and critiqued by THREE 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 120 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 5 will gain immunity for the next round, Round 6, and will NOT be eligible to be eliminated in that round. 8% of 120 is 10 people. In the event of a tie for immunity, the senior judges will choose their favourites from those in the tiebreak position.


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