Scoring System

The United States Karaoke Association follows the guidelines of the International Karaoke Federation (IKF) International Scoring System:

  1. Technical Score (50% of Overall Score):

    • Pitch Accuracy: Judges evaluate the singer’s ability to hit and maintain accurate pitch throughout the performance.
    • Rhythm and Timing: Assessment of the singer’s ability to stay on beat and maintain a consistent tempo.
    • Vocal Range and Control: Judges consider the singer’s range, dynamics, and ability to control their voice across various registers.
    • Articulation and Diction: Evaluation of how clearly the singer enunciates words and phrases.
    • Resonance and Tone Quality: Assessment of the singer’s tone production and the richness of their vocal timbre.
  2. Artistic Score (50% of Overall Score):

    • Interpretation and Expression: Judges evaluate the singer’s ability to convey emotion and connect with the audience through their performance.
    • Stage Presence and Charisma: Assessment of the singer’s confidence, poise, and engagement with the audience.
    • Creativity and Originality: Evaluation of the singer’s ability to bring a unique and innovative approach to their performance.
    • Musicality and Phrasing: Assessment of the singer’s ability to interpret the music, including dynamics, phrasing, and musical nuances.
    • Emotional Impact: Judges consider the overall emotional impact and effectiveness of the singer’s performance in conveying the intended message or mood.
  3. Points Awarded:

    • Each category (Technical and Artistic) is scored separately out of 50 points, with a total of 100 points possible.
    • Judges assign scores based on the quality of the performance relative to established criteria.
    • Scores should be given in whole numbers or half-points to allow for more precise evaluation.
    • Judges may use the ISS scale to determine scoring:
      • 20 & under – Low
      • 20 – 24 – Poor
      • 25 – 29 – Average
      • 30 – 39 – Very Good
      • 40 – 44 – Excellent
      • 45 – 49 – Outstanding
      • 50 – Perfect
    • Judges should provide constructive feedback along with their scores to help singers understand areas for improvement.
  1. Judging Criteria:

    • Judges should have expertise in vocal performance and music to effectively evaluate technical and artistic aspects.
    • Consistency among judges is crucial, so calibration sessions and clear guidelines should be provided before the competition.
    • Judges should assess each performance impartially, focusing solely on the singer’s performance rather than external factors.
  2. Transparency and Fairness:

    • Scores should be tabulated openly and made available to competitors and the audience.
    • Any discrepancies or concerns regarding judging should be addressed promptly and transparently.
    • The competition organizers should ensure fairness by providing equal opportunities and resources to all participants.

By adhering to these guidelines, the IKF International Scoring System aims to provide a comprehensive evaluation of singers’ performances, considering both technical proficiency and artistic expression, leading to fair and transparent competition outcomes.