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  1. Hey all, the time has come, and the emails have been sent out. The 10 contestants for this years Otaku Idol have been chosen, so if you sent in a demo song, check your email, and if you have an email with the subject "Congratulations, you've been selected for this years Otaku Idol!", you've been chosen for this years Otaku Idol(duh!)

    For those of you who were chosen, read the email, and follow the instructions that are included.

    For those of you who were not chosen, I really appreciate you all sending in your demo songs, the talent we has this year was excellent, and really hard to choose just 10 people from. If you weren't picked this year, don't give up, there is always next year.

    Even if you weren't picked for the contest this year, still come out and see and cheer on the 10 contestants who were picked and see them perform at this years Otaku Idol!

  2. Sorry, I shouldve given myself and my staff a bit more time to listen to all your songs. I wasnt expecting 30 songs this year, so its taking us a little while longer to listen and decide who we want in the contest. Give us til this Friday or Saturday, and we'll send out the emails to the lucky 10 people. Again, thanks for your patience.

  3. Thanks to everyone who submitted a demo song, we have 30 total demo songs this year, more than we've ever had!

    Now comes the tough part, cutting 30 possible contestants down to 10. I will be spending the next week or so listening to your demo songs and conferring with our other Otaku Idol staff to narrow down our 10 contestants. Give us about a week or so, if you hear from me saying you are in the contest, congrats, you've made it! If you dont hear from me, that means you arent selected for the contest.

    Thanks to everyone who supports Otaku Idol, and to all those who submitted your demo songs, I look forward to listening to them all. Once I know when Otaku Idol is taking place during Otakon, I'll post up here so you all know when to come and cheer on your 2009 Otaku Idol contestants!

  4. So far so good everyone, I have a total as of 10:45 pm, 28 demo song submissions, so we have plenty to work from this year. Remember, if you havent sent in your demo song, you have until midnight tonight(eastern standard time) to do so. I'll be up til midnight tearing through my inbox accepting all your submissions.

  5. Send me the one with both vocals, if it sounds weird, I'll let you know.

    Just so you all know, there is just about one day left for you to send me your demo songs. I have 12 songs so far from contestant hopefuls, so in theory, we will have 10 contestants that will perform at Otaku Idol this year. (In the past, we've had problems with less than 10 people showing up at con for the contest, and even less than 10 demo song submissions) So far, this year looks to be pretty solid for singing talent, as well as something new that we're featuring at Otaku Idol this year, we'll have a guest Judge judging our contestants.

    I cant say who our guest Judge is, but our guest Judge is an actual professional J-pop singer who has released music in the US. So thats something that our 10 contestants can look forward to this year, being critiqued on your singing ability and pronunciation of Japanese by an actual J-pop singer!

    Hopefully, that will also in turn bring out a big crowd for you all to enjoy, as well as the usual antics our judges have during the show and round breaks. If you were there last year, expect to see some more fun and hilarity as Otakon brings you all Otaku Idol 2009!

  6. Just a reminder guys, the deadline for your demo songs is quickly coming up, you have a little less than a week to send in your demo songs. For those of you who have emailed me, thanks for your songs and interest in Otaku Idol. For those of you who havent, heres one thing that may clarify some common questions I've been getting in emails.

    Despite the Otaku Idol rules that say send me an email asking how to enter as well as where to find a submission form; there isnt an actual submission form this year, that was something from a previous year that wasnt taken out of the rules this year, so ignore the whole submission thing.

    The things you need to email me are your name, your age, if you are registered for Otakon 09, the name of your demo song, the original artist/group of the song, and the link to your demo song. Remember, your demo song MUST be in mp3 or wav format, NO Youtube links, no real format songs, just mp3 or wav format(it makes my job of judging the songs easier and quicker, so you will know if you are picked for the contest quicker).

    That all should clear some things up for you all. Good luck, I'm looking forward to listening to all your songs!

  7. You just need to record one song for your demo song.

    Also, FYI, I've only recieved one demo song so far, and there's about a week and a half left before the deadline. If you want to be entered into the contest pool in hopes of getting into the contest, please get your demo songs in ASAP.

  8. You audition with the demo song, so the 10 contestants are chosen before the con even begins. As for the day of the contest, It isnt set in stone yet, but usually we shoot for Friday evening. Hopefully it will be earlier rather than later, I dont want to have a later show like the past 2 years. When I know when the show will be, you will know.

    Again, this goes for everyone, please read the instructions and recording guide first before you shoot over a ton of questions, they are designed to answer most, if not all of your questions.

  9. If the file is an mp3 or a wav file, then you can submit it. However, I cant take anything else other than those files. They should be pretty standard formats by now anyways. However, try using that program from the Otaku Idol section, Audacity. It works very well, and the guide is "so easy, even a caveman can do it." No, wait, thats Geico, but you get the idea.

  10. Hey everyone, the Rules and instructions on recording your demo song for Otaku Idol 09 are up on the Otakon website as of tonight. There is one slight mix up in the rules part. I will try to get it changed so the wording is not so confusing.

    This is what it says on the website(what needs to be changed is bolded and underlined):


    Email mikeflury[at]hotmail][dot]com for submission instructions. DO NOT EMAIL YOUR SUBMISSION TO THIS ADDRESS. Make sure to include your submission form with this email, and if available, a URL to download your submission.

    The best way to submit is to use a free service like RapidShare (http://www.rapidshare.de) or your own personal webspace so that no one has to worry about clogging email boxes. Simply email the URL to mikeflury[at]hotmail][dot]com.

    You may also send your demo songs to Otaku Idol via AIM, however, contact me first via email or PM on the Otakon BBS, and then I’ll get back to you on who to send your song to. PM me at Shadowvash04 on the BBS.

    What gets changed(highlighted in bold and underscored):


    Email mikeflury[at]hotmail][dot]com for submission instructions. DO NOT SEND THE ACTUAL DEMO SONG FILE TO THIS EMAIL. Make sure to include your submission form with this email and a URL to download your submission. You must email me the name of the song, who the artist/band singing the song is and your name.

    The best way to submit is to use a free service like RapidShare (http://www.rapidshare.de) or your own personal webspace so that no one has to worry about clogging email boxes. Simply email the URL to mikeflury[at]hotmail][dot]com.

    You may also send your demo songs to Otaku Idol via AIM, however, contact me first via email or PM on the Otakon BBS, and then I’ll get back to you on who to send your song to. PM me at Shadowvash04 on the BBS.

  11. You probably want to go with a song that is in your vocal range, seeing as how your goal of the demo song is to show us what you've got and get you into the contest. I dont know what your range is, or what music you wanna sing, that's entirely up to you. If you wanna start somewhere in terms of looking for instrumentals for songs you might wanna try, try www.cdjapan.co.jp or http://www.yesasia.com/us/en/home.html. They have a good amount of singles which usually have the instrumental track included for artists.

  12. Hey everybody. Just letting you know the information on Otaku Idol should be up on the Otakon main website very shortly, just getting some minor touch ups and it'll be ready to go. Hopefully by the end of this weekend it will be in place, so get your demo songs ready to be submitted. There are deadlines that are in place, so please make sure you follow the instructions carefully.

    Good luck to everyone interested in entering, I look forward to listening to your demo songs soon!

  13. Hey all, I've submitted the information that needs to be posted to the Otakon website regarding how you can enter for Otaku Idol 2009. I don't know when it will be posted, hopefully soon. However, I will make a thread on the BBS shortly that mirrors the information that will be on the Otakon website. If you have any questions regarding the contest entry when it gets posted, please feel free to reply in this thread.

  14. X or Standing Sex by X-Japan - Gets me psyched for anything I'm doing, specially driving.

    Creeping Death by Metallica

    Tribute by Tenacious D - It is the greatest and best song in the world after all.

    Omoide wa Okkusenman by GOM - Its Dr. Wily's theme from Megaman 2 with crazy lyrics. Nuff said.

    Thunderstruck by AC/DC

    Almost anything by M.O.V.E. from Initial D soundtracks - great driving music.

  15. The songs can be J-pop or J-rock, right? As long as the song is sung in Japanese. I just wanna be clear.

    Also, is there a definite date when audition tapes will be accepted?

    The songs can be J-pop or J-rock, yes. As long as the song is sung in Japanese, yes. Personally, I'd like to see more J-rock this year, J-rock has been severely under-represented in past Otaku Idol contests. That doesnt mean Im giving preference to those who sing J-rock songs, I just wanna see more variety.

    As for the dates for accepting audition songs, soon. Im working on getting all the info posted to the Otakon website as soon as its ready, just need to tweak some stuff. Hopefully it will make it up there by the beginning of May.

  16. Dunno how you'd get the instrumental track for that song, Im not familiar with them. Your best bet is to search japanese music sites that have singles of the bands youre looking for. Typically, singles will have the instrumental version of songs, especially if the song is in an anime or video game.

    Try Yesasia.com or cdjapan.co.jp for singles, theyre usually pretty good with those.

  17. So, it can be like this:

    1st round - Flow - Colors

    2nd round - Hitomi Shimatani - Destiny

    3rd round - Utada Hikaru - Simple and Clean

    Can you name any J-Pop artists ? Because I don't know any songs from video games. :(

    Yeah, that could work, seeing as how Colors is from Code Geass, Destiny is a Jpop song, and Simple and Clean is from Kingdom Hearts, albeit it would have to be the Japanese Version of Simple and Clean, Hikari.

  18. So what if your anime song is in english even in the japanese version?

    If the whole song is in English, no dice. That defeats the purpose of having a Japanese music singing contest, doesnt it. Again, read my prior post. If it has some english in it, like part of the refrain, thats fine, but the song cant be all or almost all in english.

  19. On one of the archived Otakon Idol posts, it said that you need 1 Anime song, 1 J-pop/J-rock song, and one song of your choice. Does that mean the 3rd song could be an english one? And what would people think of a song in english at the competition?

    The way its been done in the past is first round you have to pick a song from an anime, second round is from a J-Pop/rock artist/group, 3rd round is a song of your choosing from either of those categories, meaning you can do a song from a J-pop/rock group, or a song from an anime. What I'd like to try doing this year is throw in something a bit different, at least for the 3rd round. If its plausible, since I dont know how well people would know stuff from this category, I'd like to include "songs from a video game" as an option for the 3rd round as well as either a song from an anime or J-pop/rock artist/group.

    By video game songs, I mean songs that are from a video game and they have lyrics in Japanese. Examples of this would be "Passion" from Kingdom Hearts. Im still on the fence with certain things with this possible addition, because there are games that are from Japan that have songs in english, and it sorta defeats the purpose of singing in a Japanese song contest.

    For example, "Otherworld" from Final Fantasy X, which is all in english, but the game is originally japanese. I'll have to do more thinking over that part in the rules, but I do at least plan to make that an option for the 10 contestants who are chosen, they can choose a song that is japanese from a video game as a possible 3rd song. Another part of this addition I'm on the fence about as well is songs based on video games. My example of this is something like "Okkusenman(Omoide wa Okkusenman)" by GOM, which is a song sung to the Dr. Wily Stage 1 music from Rockman 2. I may make that part a case by case basis. Again, this is all up the air atm, but if there are video game music enthusiasts that are interested in this contest, and you want to possibly do a song, in japanese, from a video game, I would more than likely be cool with it, given you are chosen for the contest.

    As always has been the case, if the song has some english in the song, like part of the refrain, it is allowable.

    There is a lot of room for overlap in those categories, which makes it slightly easier to choose songs from, however, I dont know how well the video game thing would overlap into all of it, since it may be harder for contestants to find karaoke/instrumental tracks for video game songs.

  20. Hey Tyler, If you're looking for a musical act, if you dont have another one already in mind, or want an opening act or something, my band would'nt mind playing Tigercon 09. We're almost all local in terms of MD based, one of our guys is in Philly, but we would love to play for you guys. Check us out, www.myspace.com/eyedolu.

  21. Best way I've found to fix that problem is to try singing in front of a big mirror, so you can see yourself in it, that way, even though you know its you, you can see what youre doing when you sing, as well as get the idea of being watched while singing. Sounds a little creepy but hey, its better than going to a bar or something and going full out singing in front of strangers.

    That, or try singing in front of your friends, or family, if they understand what you're trying to do, they'll probably give you their honest opinions, as well as give you practice in terms of singing in front of an audience.

    The more you can practice singing in front of people, the better you are gonna be. But in terms of singing with emotion or having stage presence(Yes, stage presence is something I will be looking for when judging the contestants at Otakon 09) my best influence on working on that is watch Queen: Live at Wembley Stadium. You may not be a Queen fan, but watch Freddy Mercury, and watch how he controls the crowd with his stage antics, as well as how much emotion and heart he puts into the songs he sings. The man owns the stage and is a master of what emphasis to put on certain lyrics. You can apply those techniques to your singing and performance, and you should be golden.

    These tips can also be taken for anyone else out there who is interested in Otaku Idol 09, not just Makaimi. Use it to your advantage, I really wanna see some awesome contestants this year.

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