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Take the Stage Competition


Take the Stage debuted last year at Animethon 21 with a huge success! In case you missed out last year, Take the Stage replaced the karaoke competition and took a fresh approach to stage performances by welcoming not only signers but also portable instrumentalists and dance groups.


  • 2.1 Contestants are encouraged to pre-register online for Animethon’s Take the Stage, as only a maximum of 40 entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Pre-registration will close on July 31st, 2015 OR when the limit of 40 entries has been reached and accepted.
  • 2.2 Preliminaries for Animethon’s Take the Stage will take place during the convention (Date, times and place will be announced closer to the event). Only contestants present for the preliminaries may advance to the finals.
  • 2.3 There will be up to 10 Finalists chosen. Contestants are allowed to perform for a minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 7 minutes. Please perform the entire routine/song for both preliminaries and finals.
  • 2.4 All Finalists MUST sign-in no later than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time of the finals or they will be disqualified. Please let the coordinator know if you have any particular preferences for the time of your performance.
  • 2.5 Take the Stage will last approximately 1 hour, with an additional 30 minutes for judging.
  • 2.6 The names of the finalists will be posted at the Information Desk(s) shortly after the preliminaries. The winners of Take the Stagewill be announced at the closing ceremony, and may be asked to perform once more. Contestants must be present to accept the awards.
  • 2.8 Winners of Take the Stage will be recognized with the following awards:
    • Master of the Stage Award
    • Rising Star Award
    • Best Vocals Award
    • Best Performance Award
    • Fan Favourite Award
  • 2.9 Special this year is a thematic award with Animethon 22’s theme, “Music Idol”! All contestants who dress up and/or perform to the theme will be recognized with a shiny Animethon “Idol Gakuen” certificate for your participation. The certificates will be handed out during preliminaries immediately after your performance.


There are 3 aspects of your performance that the judges will score you on:
  • 3.1 Musical Quality: For singers and instrumentalists, this is your ability to maintain the correct pitch and rhythm. For dancers, it is your ability to dance to the rhythm of the music.
  • 3.2 Technique: Contestants are scored on how much skill is displayed on stage. Please note that more difficult songs/routines will naturally score higher in this category when comparing contestants of similar skill.
  • 3.3 Showmanship: This is basically how you carry yourself on stage. Hand gestures, movements showing emotion for slow songs, audience interactions and such all fall into this category. It is generally a bad idea to perform a song standing still.


  • 4.1 Contestant must be a registered convention attendee on the days of the preliminaries and finals in order to participate.
  • 4.2 In the event of a cancellation or no-show at the preliminaries, parties present who did NOT pre-register for the competition will be allowed to participate until the maximum limit of 40 accepted entries has been reached.
  • 4.3 Take the Stage currently only accepts singers, instrumentalists, and dance groups as contestants. While you are welcome to cosplay during your performance, contestants that plan on dancing or doing a musical act with costumes as a part of a skit should participate in the Cosplay Contest instead.
  • 4.4 Only applicable to instrumentalists Only portable instruments are allowed on stage. A portable instrument is defined as a lightweight instrument that can be easily carried by the performer, and one that only requires a microphone to project its sound on stage. Due to time constraints, electric instruments such as electric guitars that require to be plugged into the onsite sound system are not allowed.
  • 4.5 Singing and instrumental performances are limited to either be done solo or as a duo (two people) and up to three non-singing backup dancers are also permitted. Dancing performances can have up to a maximum of a five members.
  • 4.6 You or any other member in your group or performance can only enter once. (i.e.: You cannot enter the competition as part of a group and then as a solo entry, or as a member of multiple groups).
  • 4.7 Songs must be from anime, Japanese video games, Japanese drama or soaps, J-pop, J-rock, J-rap, J-R&B, or Japanese folk music. English or other non-Japanese songs such as Korean from the dubbed version of an anime series, pop-culture show or Japanese video game are also acceptable. Please email the coordinator at: to confirm your song choice if you are unsure.
  • 4.8 Only applicable to singers and instrumentalists Each contestant is encouraged to prepare 2 songs in order to avoid potential duplicates in the competition. You may perform one song for preliminaries and another for finals should you become a finalist. Please indicate which song is preferred.
  • 4.9 Confirmed pre-registered participants have until one week before the start of Animethon to change their performance songs or routines for the preliminary round. After that no changes will be accepted.
  • 4.10  For singers that register on the day of preliminaries, please make sure that your song of choice has an instrumental version available online. An easy way to tell (besides Googling) is to search for song name + “instrumental” on Singing along with the original vocals is NOT allowed. All music requires to be handed in on a USB stick in .mp3 format (at least 128kbps) at the time of your registration. You are certainly more than welcome to come sing your heart out with or without original vocals at Open Mic Karaoke!
  • 4.11 Performances shall contain absolutely no profanity, nudity, or overly-violent content as all performances shall be family-friendly. No exceptions. Any violation of this rule will result in disqualification and, depending on the severity of the violation, possible removal from future contest performances with Animethon.
  • 4.12 Devices such as flash bombs, any kind of pyrotechnic device, or any type of device that causes staining, damage, or a large scattering of objects are prohibited. Scattering of some objects is allowed, but the cleaning up of said objects will cut into your 7 minutes limit. Using fire and liquids on stage are prohibited. Smoke related special effects are prohibited.
  • 4.14 Permission is granted to Animethon to use any photographs/videos taken as future promotion material for future events and dealings. Secondary Media coverage may be present at the event. All media captured by Secondary Media will be under their rules and regulations of fair media usage and not that of Animethon’s.
  • 4.15  All entries and performances are required to comply with all of Animethon’s Polices, which include those that apply to any weapons and props that are used in the performance.


  • 5.1 Pre-register via the website using the Take the Stage Sign-Up Form. The form will ask you for basic information such as your name, contact information, type of performance, etc. Once signed up, if we have any questions for you, we will contact you by e-mail.

    Sign Up
  • For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Take the Stage Coordinator at