It’s time to sing in the key of awesome as Karaoke World Championship (KWC) qualifying kicks off at Bo’diddley’s Pub this Thursday night.
Following the five-week qualification process in Lloydminster, which takes place from June 28 to July 26, provincial finals will be held in Calgary on Aug. 4-5, and nationals will follow from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2.
The winner of the national competition will then compete at the world finals in Benálmadena, Málaga, Spain from Oct. 23-27.
The finals will be live-streamed online giving viewers the opportunity to vote for their favourite singers.
Twenty-five dollars gets you behind the mic at Bo’s and gives you as many opportunities to sing during the first three weeks of competition.
A panel of four judges will be the deciding factor for Border City hopefuls to advance, and after those first three weeks the top three men and top three women from each night will compete in the semi-finals, which will then be cut down further going into the finals.
The winners of the finals will then compete in Calgary.
Registration starts at 7:30 p.m. and the competition will begin closer to 8 p.m.
With over 40 different countries competing in the past, (KWC) was founded in 2003 and annually is the largest amateur singing competition in the world.
Bo’diddley’s general manager Carla Davidson was surprised but excited when KWC reached out to the local pub, especially considering she doesn’t think Lloydminster has ever been a part of it.
“I really hope some new voices come through the door and compete and bring out their talent,” she said.
Kat Moroz, owner of SuiciDoll Sound, hosts karaoke at Bo’s every Thursday and Saturday and is looking forward to being a part of this exciting competition ahead of their regularly-scheduled singing.
“I actually didn’t know this competition existed until Bo’s got a letter to invite them to take part, and Carla asked if I wanted to be a part of it, and of course I said ‘yes,’” said Moroz.
SuiciDoll Sound will also be accepting donations and holding raffles to donate to the Bea Fisher Foundation as well as help alleviate some of the costs involved in the trip to Calgary for nationals.
For more information on the competition or to pre-register visit www.kwccanada.com.