Welcome to part 3 of our 5 part series on how to prepare for and win singing competitions! The American Idol top 9 contestants all went through the process of auditioning for American Idol and had to endure a somewhat grueling process in order to get to where they are now.
We are here to teach you how to sing better so you, TOO can audition and win American Idol and other singing competitions. Here are 10 more tips to get you on your way.
50 Tips To Prepare For And Win Singing Competitions – Part 3:
#21 Look the judges square in the eye. Sing to them like you are looking into a camera. They will smell it if you look away or shut your eyes. They NEED to know you will look good on camera, so treat them like they are the camera.
#22 Try to find something “witty” to say. Avoid they stereotype of the dumb blond personality. Be quick on your feet and quick to respond when called on.
#23 Get plenty of rest the night before. I know I am stating the obvious but you would be surprised how many people walk in with baggy eyes and low energy from not giving themselves enough rest.
#24 Record your song many times over and listen back to it. Often when we sing we don’t realize things that are wrong until we hear them back. Critique yourself. Don’t wait the the proverbial “next” from the judges to do that for you.
#25 Know yourself as an artist and “know” the artists you are covering. If you choose Adele, know “her influences”. Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald. So when judges ask you “why did you choose Adele” (as they are thinking in their minds…along with 1,000 other people) you can give an answer they have not heard. It make make you look “deep” and that there is more to you than just singing an Adele song.
#26 Hold on to the audition loosely. As I said before, this won’t be your only audition if you “go for it”. There will be many. So even if you are not one of “the chosen ones”, learn from your experience and what you can do better the next time. These judges are quite used to seeing people come back multiple times and embracing that.
#27 Give the judges what they want. Know your show you are going after. Don’t walk in and think it’s only covering an Adele song that is going to “get you the gig”. KNOW THE SHOW and what has “worked” on the show. Try to temper and chameleon yourself to the criteria that specific show is looking for.
#28 Dress to impress. Don’t walk in with blue jeans and a white T and expect to be viewed as a “star”. That ain’t gonna happen.
#29 Leave them with something special about yourself. Something they can remember you by. A slogan, a phrase, a well placed comment…
#30 When done performing, don’t linger. Don’t make them kick you out of the room. Almost leave “like you have somewhere else to go”. Lingering means begging. If you have self respect, they will respect you too.