Know Your Voice!
Singing in a competition or contest is very different from doing a performance in front of your regular audience.
As a contestant, you have to make sure that you select songs that are well-suited for your voice to sing, instead of songs that you may love to listen to or sing but may not suit your voice at all! If you are straining at the top then you know its not the song for you. Its maybe worth some vocal assistance in knowing how to do so.
Be Well Prepared!
Have you ever forgotten your lyrics…nightmare eh?! Many contestants who take part in singing contests fail because they forgot their words. This is what happens when nerves/ anxiety gets the better of you during an audition. Judges hate to see this, and often blacklist a contestant the moment they forget their lyrics, because it leaves a very bad impression and indicates a lack of preparation!
Dress Appropriately for Your Image and Your Song!
Knowing what to wear and how to dress in accordance with the image you want to portray as a singer is absolutely essential for singing contests and competitions. A good first impression is extremely important if you wish the judges to remember you as a singer and performer! So make it a positive one.
Do Vocal Warm-ups Before You Sing!
I can’t stress this point enough!! Be sure to practice your vocal warm ups before you sing and your voice will definitely sound better than the other contestants! At least 30 minutes!
Posture work, breathing, scales, hums, lip trill, sirens, you name it, do it. It will help build up your confidencebefore you step onto the stage. Remember singing isn’t warming up!
Be original! Want to stand out...for good reasons? Copying another singer's style won't in a singing competition. You have to wow the judges with your own approach. Sing and move from the heart, and you'll have a better chance of winning. Be natural!
This is sooo very important. No matter how good your singing voice may be, if you don't show much emotion, the judges won't be moved to vote for you. Think about the words, what do they mean to you? Express the message conveyed in the lyrics.
Relax and enjoy
Think about it! You can’t sing if you are tense, so relax and enjoy. Do some stretches, or vision yourself on stage, close your eyes and think of the audience cheering and clapping you after and during your performance. Feels good doesn't it? Now take a deep breath. You can do it!!
Rebecca is a professional vocal coach and singer in her own right with many years of performing and coaching experience. She is passionate with all things singing related!