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By Paul Watts
- 20% Vocal talent. It’s true, some people have better singing voices than others, but this doesn’t mean that they automatically get the attention. Having a top-notch team with millions in funding doesn’t necessarily equal success in the marketplace.
- 40% Song selection. This is the elusive “product/market fit” of the karaoke scene: finding the right song for the right time. What will the crowd react to? If it’s a packed house on a Friday, save the slow songs: you need to have a fast song with a catchy intro that cuts through the noise. (Hint: in this situation, you can hardly go wrong with Guns N’ Roses. Just don’t choose “November Rain.”)
- 40% Bring it! Make me sit up and take notice. Execution is everything! A great performance can easily make up for bad vocal talent and poor song selection, especially if you do something that is unexpected. I saw someone bring the house down with a version of “Monster Mash.”