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KWC 2015 : Rules & Conditions
These rules and conditions for entry apply to the Indian Trials of the Karaoke World Championships 2015. By entering this competition entrants are bound by these 'Conditions for Entry'.

All Venue Trial Finalist, Zonal & Grand Finalists will be required to sign a statutory declaration stating that they meet the amateur and all entry requirements and have read and understood the entire 'Conditions for Entry'. The winner will be required to sign a further statutory declaration to confirm their amateur status. These are legal documents.


  • [+] Who Can Enter

    1.1. The competition is open to amateur performers only. All entrants must be over 18 years of age at the time of entering the competition. An amateur is deemed as someone who -
    A) does not have a regular income or a steady secondary income as a vocalist -
    1) a regular income is defined as someone making a living from singing;
    2) a steady secondary income is defined as someone who has a day job and sings more than ONCE a week;
    B) May perform occasionally, provided it is no more than 52 paid performances in one year, regardless of the amount of payment. This includes, but is not limited to, freelance singers, wedding singers, band singers, etc. and is subject to the other rules within these conditions of entry;
    C) Does not have a signed contract as a singer for an establishment or production, even if it is only part time and less than 52 performances a year;
    D) Does not have a management contract;
    E) Is not engaged to support or tour with a well-known artist as a performer in any way;
    F) Does not have, nor has ever had, a recording distribution agreement or a recording contract;
    G) Does not have online profile promoting them as a professional singer/performer including, but not limited to, personal websites and professional websites, regardless of their interpretation of their professionalism, with the exception of occasional newspaper articles.
    1.2. A vocalist who meets the amateur requirements but performs occasionally cannot enter the competition at a venue where they have performed in the last twelve (12) months.
    1.3. An entrant who may have had a previous entertainment history may enter after a 5 year break provided they -
    a) have never been signed to a recording deal as a solo artist or a band member;
    b) did not attain a national profile by way of a solo career or as a member of a band.
    1.4. An entrant may have a CD recording available to the public provided -
    a) they have paid for the entire production themselves;
    b) they are only selling it via their own means;
    c) it is not being sold through any outlet including, but not limited to, iTunes, online stores, physical stores, etc. regardless of whether or not they have paid for the full production themselves;
    d) is not the result of a recording contract.
    1.5. The competition is open to solo/ group performers.
    1.6. Entrants must be an Indian citizen at the time of entering the competition. If they don't already have a valid Indian passport, they must be eligible for and be prepared to purchase one should they be crowned 'Karaoke World Champion India 2015'. An Indian citizen is a person who was born in India or has participated in an official naturalization ceremony to become a citizen of India and holds an 'Indian Naturalization Certificate'. This does not include permanent residents. Only Indian citizens can obtain an Indian Passport. Proof of citizenship may be required.
    1.7. The organizers reserve the right to make the final assessment regarding any entrant's eligibility over and above these conditions of entry. Entrants may be asked to sign a legal document and provide proof regarding their eligibility. All issues addressing eligibility of contestants must be addressed clarified and cleared 7 days prior to Zonal Finals. Proof of claim will be required.
    1.8 The competition is not open to (please see definitions below) -
    a) Employees or direct family members of Nash Events & Entertainment/United Spirits limited or Karaoke World Championships India 2015 coordinators
    b) Employees of participating karaoke companies (see 'Definition of an Employee' below)
    c) Employees of participating venues are not allowed to enter at the venue where they are employed. They may enter at another participating venue.
    d) Anyone whose services are rendered to compere/operate/set up karaoke shows or judge Venue Trials, zonal trials, and grand final at any stage of the competition, whether they were paid or not, are ineligible to enter. Definition of an Employee - An employee is anyone whose services are rendered or subcontracted by the associated business, whether paid or not Direct Family Members - e) direct family members of employees of participating venues and participating karaoke companies may not enter at the venue/s where their family works. Direct family members may enter at another participating venue (please see previous clause 'Definition of an Employee')
    f) Direct family members includes immediate family members, defactos, married partners, fiancees & fiances, boyfriends & girlfriends
    1.9. Contestants may enter at any participating venue during the competition series until they have won a Venue trial. Once they have won a Venue trial, they may not enter the same competition at another venue whilst the competition is still in progress at the venue where they have won a Venue trial as they may be disqualified from the competition.
    1.10. Once a contestant has won a Venue trial final they will immediately secure their place in a Zonal Final.
    1.11. If a contestant is unsuccessful in a Venue trial final, they may enter at another participating Venue once their initial city competition is over and they are no longer in the competition.
    1.12. The organizers reserve the right to disqualify any contestant whose manner, or that of their associates, is disrespectful towards other singers, coordinators, sponsors and organizers of the event. No correspondence will be entered into.
    1.13. All entrants are responsible for ensuring they are fit for national and overseas travel. Proof may be required.
  • [+] Indian Prize Package

    2.1 1st prize in the Indian Grand Finale will include a two way economy airfare from the winner's nearest capital city to Singapore with accommodation to represent India in the Karaoke World Championships 2015. Accommodation and airline will be at the discretion of the organisers.
    2.2 The winner must procure a valid Indian passport & visa (if they don't already have one) and be available for travel to Singapore from the 19th to the 23rd of November. If the Grand Final winner is not available they will forfeit their prize and will incur any charges associated with changing travel documents. Provided there is time upon finalization of details regarding the original winner, the runner up will take their place and will be subject to the same conditions. The winner must travel on an Indian passport and will be required to provide KWC India with proof. Actual arrival and departure dates will depend upon flights.
    2.3. The winner will be required to purchase travel insurance.
    2.4. The winner must be eligible to enter Singapore and have no apparent reason to be rejected upon arrival.
    2.5. The winner will be responsible for all costs that are not offered as part of their prize including, but not limited to, travel costs to and from all airports, travel insurance, visa fee, food, drinks and any additional travel outside prize offered, including but not limited to, any costs incurred during their trip to compete as India's representative at the Karaoke World Championships 2015.
    2.6. Any additional travellers to the Karaoke World Championships 2013 will travel entirely at their own expense.
    2.7. Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash. Venue trial winners are required to attend their respective Zonal Final. Zonal Final winners are required to attend the Indian Grand Finale. The Grand Finale Winner is required to attend and represent India at the Karaoke World Championships 2015. Entrants who do not attend their respective finals will forfeit any prizes not already presented to them.
    2.8. All Grand Finalists will receive one night accommodation package in Mumbai to compete in the Grand Finale on 25th October, 2015. Accommodation is at the sole discretion of KWC India. All Grand Finalists must be available for travel between 23rd October - 26th October, 2015. Winners are responsible for their own travel costs to and from all airports and any other ancillary costs that are incurred that are not offered as part of their prize including, but not limited to, food, drinks and external travel. If the Zonal Final winner is not available, they will forfeit their prize and will incur any charges associated with changing travel documents. Provided there is time upon finalization of details regarding the original winner, the runner up will take their place and will be subject to the same conditions. Prize is not transferable for cash.
    2.9. Grand Finalists are permitted to have one (1) guest only stay with them, at 50% extra charge of the room rent, in their room during their stay for the Grand Final. Any costs incurred, including but not limited to, travel, meals, drinks, tickets & external travel are solely their own responsibility. Any other people travelling with the Grand Finalist will do so entirely at their own expense.
    2.10. All prize winners are responsible for the cost of transporting their physical prizes home.
    2.11. Getting the Visa will be the winner's responsibility. The organizers and sponsors will not be responsible for getting the visa for the winner. The organizer will only be limited to assist the winner in application of the visa. If the Visa is rejected or cancelled due to any reason, the organizers and sponsor will not be responsible for the same.
    2.12 The Venue Trial winners & Zonal Winners will have to be accommodated in a twin sharing room with another winner.
  • [+] Indemnity

    3.1. By entering this Competition you agree not to hold the Organizers liable for any loss, damage, illness, death, injury or claim whatsoever and to abide by the conditions of entry. Entries remain the property of the Organizers.
    3.2. Email address on entry form is mandatory and may be used for future communications.
    3.3. By entering the competition you agree to your image and performance from any association of your involvement of KWC being broadcast in any form and you will not claim any performance rights or fees. Recordings & photographs remain the property of the organizers & photographers.
    3.4. By entering the competition you acknowledge that the organizers of the Karaoke World Championships Indian Trials are not responsible for any changes to the organization, international final destination and prizes by OY KWC Organization Ltd - Finland. The Indian organizers reserve the right to change the Indian Trials prize package details to suit any unforeseeable changes made by OY KWC Organization Ltd & their sponsors.
    3.5. The organizers also accept no responsibility for changes in prizes provided by sponsors and reserve the right to change the Indian Trials prize package details to suit any unforeseeable changes made by sponsors.
    3.6. The organizers accept no responsibility for prizes offered by venues and operators outside of the Indian Trials prize package.
    3.7. The official international organizers of the Karaoke World Championships are Oy KWC Organization Ltd - Finland.
    3.8. The official Indian partners of OY KWC Organization Ltd are Nash Events & Entertainment and Savio D'Sa.
    3.9. All decisions made by the organizers are final. No correspondence will be entered into.
    3.10. The 'Conditions of Entry' are subject to change without notice. All changes will be posted on the official Indian Trials website - www.kwcindia.com
  • [+] Judging Criteria

    4.1. It is recommended that contestants dress to suit their song choice at all final levels so as to maximize judging points.
    4.2. Judging will be based on vocal ability & expression, presentation (dress), stage presence & charisma plus entertainment value.
    4.3. It is recommended that contestants support the venue where they have won their trial. Extra points may be awarded at venue final level to those who have supported the venue and their in house karaoke show more than once. Some venues may impose a minimum weekly attendance requirement.
    4.4. The judge's decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
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