Round 8 - Down Under

#VES4R8

THEME

Sing any song by an Australian-born artist.

SONG SELECTION

Your song must have been performed by an artist born in Australia.

They must be AUSTRALIAN BORN. Immigrants do not count for the purpose of this round, regardless of current Australian nationality.

New Zealand does not count - its a different country. Australia only!

If your song was performed by a band - the frontman or lead singer of that band must be Australian born.

RULES

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

  • You MAY NOT use 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.

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

  • 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 #VES4R8

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

  • Your SMULE name MUST be as shown on this 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 SATURDAY 2nd July.

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

  • Results will be released on MONDAY 4th July at 15:00 GMT.

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

THE VOCAL EDGE SMULE PLAYLIST

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)

JUDGING CRITERIA

RECORDING QUALITY: 1 Is there background noise and were the volumes and FX appropriate and balanced between the track and all vocal layers? TECHNIQUE/DELIVERY: 5 Was the contestant in tune throughout in each of their layers? Did the contestant use appropriate dynamics? - for example loud, quiet, strong, soft Did the contestant put appropriate emotion into the song? Was a sufficient amount of originality/artistry/style used to differentiate the song from the original and make it unique to the contestant? Did the song tell you a story through the contestants use of these mentioned techniques? HARMONY: 2 Did the contestant use harmony in their song? Did the harmonies build the song to a noticeable climax? GENERAL VOCALS: 2 Did the judge actually enjoy listening to this version?

SCORES AND RESULTS

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 20 highest total scores will move on to the the next round.

HIDDEN IMMUNITY

One of the songs 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 20 is 2 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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