- Every league member (performer) must be 21 years of age or older and must have read and agreed to the District Karaoke rules and waiver of liability.
- Each performer must wear his or her team District Karaoke t-shirt while performing, but may wear costumes so long as the team t-shirt remains visible. If a performer fails to wear his or her District Karaoke t-shirt, the performer will lose their matchup by default. T-shirts may be modified, but the t-shirt must remain wearable, and worn above the waist during performances, for the duration of the season.
- All District Karaoke league members must abide by all laws regarding alcohol consumption. Further, all rules of the host establishment shall be strictly enforced. Rowdy, disrespectful, violent or otherwise problematic league members may be subject to disciplinary actions, including, but not limited to disqualification, suspension or expulsion from league activities.
- Prohibited behaviors (also known as Cori Rules) shall include: hanging/climbing on or around stages, throwing items that may break something, throwing glitter or other hard-to-clean material, using liquids in such a way to create an unsafe environment for the singers or the audience, or the use of aerosols, such as whipped cream or silly string.
- As a courtesy to the bar and other performers, teams should make a good faith effort to clean up after their performance.
- Each division shall be composed of six (6) teams of no more than eight (8) performers, unless otherwise permitted by District Karaoke.
- Each team should have at least two (2) male and two (2) female performers.
- One (1) member of each team shall act as “team manager.” A team manager is responsible for submitting weekly song lists, requests for substitution or grievances. If a team manager cannot be perform their duties on any given week, he or she shall appoint another team member to act as manager for that week.
- The regular season lasts for eight (8) weeks long and is followed by two (2) additional weeks for the semi-final round and finals.
- Each evening of District Karaoke consists of three (3) consecutive rounds of play. In the first and second rounds, a member of each team sings a solo. In the third round, at least two (2) performers must sing as a “group.” [Commissioner's Tip: This means that on any given night, as long as two (2) performers are in attendance, you can fully participate!]
- Each performer must sing at least two (2) solos during the regular season. Group performances are not counted towards this total. Exceptions may be made if they are communicated to a District Karaoke representative in advance (i.e., if a performer drops out, is unresponsive, etc.).
- Twenty-four (24) hours before the night begins, each team manager shall submit a list of performers (known as the song list) of their team’s performers and their chosen songs to District Karaoke.
○ In the event that two teams choose to sing the same song on the same night, whomever submitted the song first will sing that particular song. The other team will be notified by District Karaoke must select a new song by the start of the second round.
○ If the song list is not received within five (5) minutes of the start of the first round, the team will collectively lose five (5) points for every minute they are late in providing their song list.
- No song may be performed twice in any one season. A list of songs that have already been performed shall be shared at http://votedk.com/setlists.
- In the case of technical difficulty, the team experiencing the problem will be shifted to the end of the round order and may select a new song.
- If a team member is prevented from performing, the District Karaoke representative must be contacted via email with the reason for substitutions. Substitutions may be considered for, but are not limited to, events resulting from the injury, sudden illness, family emergency, or work-related emergency of that team member. Should a substitution be approved, the substitute must perform the same song that the original performer planned to sing.
- Under no circumstances will heckling be permitted. If a complaint is received about any league member showing unsportsmanlike conduct, they will receive one (1) warning. If the inappropriate behavior continues, that performers team will lose their matchup in that round by default. If the problem continues after that, the individual(s) will be banned from the District Karaoke and the division bar, without any refund of his or her registration fee.
- District Karaoke reserves the right to permanently ban songs once determined that no one can sing them well or they’re just too damn long and it’s just not worth the pain. For that reason, the following songs are currently banned from both competitive play and open karaoke: “Free Bird,” “Stairway to Heaven,” “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and “My Heart Will Go On.”
- District Karaoke reserves the right to ban additional songs from competitive play. These songs, banned on a season-by-season basis, shall be known as the “DK Graveyard.”
Regular Season Scoring
- Scoring of District Karaoke performers is conducted using District Karaoke’s online voting system, unless otherwise determined.
- Any individual wishing to cast a vote must be present at the host venue when casting their vote.
- Each week, teams are randomly assigned to compete in a matchup against another team.
- In each matchup, the team with the highest number of votes wins the round and receives points.
- In a solo round, the team who receives the highest number of votes receives four (4) points. In a group performance round, the team who receives the highest number of votes receives six (6) points. Each week, 14 points are up for grabs in each matchup.
- District Karaoke reserves the right to discount votes when necessary to maintain scoring integrity (e.g., eliminating multiple votes for the same team from the same person).
- At no times is it appropriate to score teams “unfairly” or in any manner that does not reflect a prima facie opinion of the performance. If it is determined that a team or affiliates of a team are purposely scoring a team or teams negatively without respect to their performance, District Karaoke reserves the right to take necessary actions to curb such activities.
- All scorers are encouraged to be supportive of the District Karaoke community, at all times.
- At the conclusion of Week 8, the team scores will be used to determine each team’s playoff rank and will be used to seed each team.
- Playoffs will last two (2) weeks. The first week will be the Semifinals and the second week will be the Finals.
- The Semifinals will be seeded as follows:
- The winner of the 1st Place vs. 2nd Place matchup becomes the 1st seed in the Finals, and the runner-up of that matchup becomes the 2nd seed. In the other matchups, the lowest seed (that means, the lower place) that advances plays the 1st seed. The next lowest seed (the next lowest place) will play the 2nd seed.
- The Finals will be seeded as follows:
- In both the Semifinals and Finals, each team will have two (2) solo performances and one (1) group performance.
- During the Semifinals and Finals, performers may sing a song that had been sung during the regular season. However, if a song is performed during the Semifinals, it cannot be performed during the Finals.
- The team manager must submit songs in accordance to the regular season rules, as described in the Gameplay section of these rules.
- In the event of a tie, a review of the two (2) teams’ past matchup history will be used to ascertain the winner. In the event that the tie is not resolved, the team with the highest “win” count will be declared the winner.
- If any team or team member believes another team or team member has violated a District Karaoke rule, the team manager should inform a District Karaoke representative of the violation before that evening’s winners are announced. Violations raised before the end of the evening will be investigated and taken into account in the scoring of that round.
- If a team member discovers that another team or team member has violated one of these rules after the winners are announced, the team manager has 48 hours to inform a District Karaoke representative via email. Emailed grievances will be investigated, and, if necessary, may result in action against the offending team or team member in the following week. However, no adjustment to the previous week’s scores will be permitted as a remedy.
- No grievance may be filed against any District Karaoke representative regarding scoring or the winners.
These rules may be altered or amended at any time, without notice, by District Karaoke staff.
Last Updated: August 20, 2013