Listen up Dudes and Divas – we are kicking off a brand new weekly series called 50 Tips To Prepare For And Win Singing Competitions.
There are a lot of singing competitions out there, ranging from the big ones like American Idol, The Voice, The X Factor, and America’s Got Talent to lots of smaller and local singing competitions.
Getting on and winning American Idol is a huge accomplishment, you really have to put your foot down and give it everything you have. There are lots of things you can do to prepare for your auditions, including taking proper singing lessons of course.
50 Tips To Prepare For And Win Singing Competitions – Part 1:
#1 Pick something well within your range, that you are comfortable with. Don’t try to do something you can only do perfectly 1 out of 3 times, pick something you can do exceptional 3 out of 3 times.
#2 Pick something as original as best as possible. Unless you know for certain that you can contribute something unique to a song that is getting beaten to death by countless other contestants, find something that will make you stand out.
#3 Practice in front of as many people as possible BEFORE your competition. INCLUDING WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO SAY.
#4 Be prepared to answer questions directed toward you and be reasonably lively. Don’t be shy, but don’t be over the top silly. For example: I give singing lessons to a girl named ‘Susan Boyle”. Not thee Susan Boyle. I told her, when they asked her name to answer with a smile and say “I’m The “Other” Susan Boyle.”
#5 Have fun. If you’re not having fun, they will smell it a mile away and they won’t have fun either.
#6 Be yourself. Be OK with who you are. Have confidence in that.
#7 Don’t treat this audition as “the only one you’ll get.” Don’t think of this as you last or only chance. This is NOT true. Know that this is just one of many. This will help with nerves and confidence.
#8 Warm Up 30 minutes before you go on. Make sure your giving yourself your best chance for success.
#9 Don’t eat 1 hour prior to your singing performance. This way you won’t have gastrointestinal issues. But do eat. It’s easy with all the excitement
to forget to eat and be weak come showtime.
#10 Sell yourself. Let them know why you deserve to be there above the pack. Find a funny or even heart warming story. They LOVE sappy stuff like this 🙂