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N.M. STATE FAIR KARAOKE SHOWCASE-FAQ
How do I change my song?

Go to the NMSF Karaoke Showcase home page. On the navigation buttons on the left, you will see one that says "CHANGE SONG". Click there. It will take you to another page. Fill out the quick and easy form and submit it.
If someone sings a song with no words on the screen, does that affect their
score?

No it does not. In fact it will increase their score on Knowledge.
If someone purposely changes the words to a song, (ad libs, makes it their own),
will that count against them?

Ad libbing is fine as long as it doesn't completely replace the song. If the entire song is being replaced, you may want to use vocal less tracks and sing it with out any words on the screen.
What time do I have to check in at the Fair?

Check in times vary depending on the date and event:

Open Karaoke: September 
Check in: 4:00-4:30pm
Show Time: 5:00-5:45pm


Showcase: September 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14
Check In: 6:15-6:45pm
Showtime: 7:30-9:00pm


Showcase: September 9, 10
Check In: 7:45-8:15pm
Showtime: 9:00-10:30pm


Finals: September 17
Check In: 7:15-7:45pm
Showtime: 8:30-10:30pm


Minors Grand Finale: September 18
Check In: 1:45-2:15pm
Showtime: 3:00-5:00pm
If I qualified can I sing in open karaoke for warm up?

Yes you may, subject to availability.

You will want to register on line as soon as the OPEN KARAOKE registration opens to the public on September 4th.
When can I expect my pass for the fair?

We are at the mercy of the Fair when it comes to getting our passes. They cannot order them until their physical budget begins while is July 1st. Then they have to have them printed, delivered and then sorted before they get to us. Once we get them we will have them delivered to venues strategically located in Albuquerque to be picked up at. As soon as we have it set up you will receive an email.
What time do I have to check in at the Fair?

Semi Final Rounds: September 15
Check in 7:00-7:30pm
Showtime 8:35-11:00pm

What time do I have to check in at the Fair?

Showcase: September 9, 10

Semi Final Rounds: September 15
Check in 7:00-7:30pm
Showtime 8:35-11:00pm

Why don't the judges advise and critique at the auditions?

There are many reasons why we don't do this.
1-We don't have time for this, we'd rather let as many people sing as possibly at the auditions, both contestants and regular singers.
2-Let's face it, some people can't handle criticism in front of crowds, we are here to build up self esteem, not tear it down.
3-We are not The Voice, America's Got Talent, Etc.....We are the biggest and best karaoke competition ever.
4-We are here to have to fun, not be so serious.
5-That's what your coach is for. Your coach gets your scores within seven days of your night. You may contact your coach for your scores and any advice.
Where do I park at the Fair?

Gate 8 off Louisianan is Free parking, however, the last Friday and Saturday of the Fair are extremely busy and have been known to be full by 2pm.
Gate 1 off Central is paid parking and Handicap parking.
Visit http://statefair.exponm.com for more information
Where and when do I get my passes? (FOR CONTESTANTS ONLY, STAFF PICKS UP) 

We are not able to get passes until the Fair gets them to us. We have no control over this because they cannot even order them until their physical year begins on July 1st. We distribute the passes to various venues so that you can pick them up on one of their regular karaoke nights. Passes not picked up by September 7th will be returned and you have to pay the appropriate gate fees. Passes do not include parking. Free parking is available at Gate 8. Paid and Handicap parking is available at Gate 1. 

You will see a featured location of where to pick up your passes when we establish when we are retrieving your passes for the fair.
I get an email and I'm confused...

When we send out an email we try very hard to make sure every piece of information is accurate and answers all questions.What we have found is when we get a question after someone receiving an email, is that the answer was already in the email. We ask that you take the time to read the entire email in it's entirety and don't just scan through it and then ask us. This could be very detrimental to you as we handle so many emails in a day that your question may not be answered before a deadline. 

​WHERE’S THE MAIN PAVILION-WHERE’S THE BUCKING BAR?

The Main Pavilion changes its name every year. It’s right in the middle of the food area. It’s the biggest tent there is. You can’t miss it!

The Bucking Bar is a smaller bar cadi corner to Tingly Coliseum. It’s a small country looking bar.
Do I have to be present when Finalists are announced?

At the auditions yes. At the Fair no. However there will be a $50 cash drawing at the end of each showcase night that only contestants can be entered in and you do have to be present to win. We build this showcase based on community and encourage every contestant to stay till the end of each showcase and support everyone involved. It would suck to be the last singer and no one is there to cheer you on.
I don’t remember what date / song I chose when I qualified how can I get that information?

Go to the elimination brackets your name will be posted. http://www.callmeozz.net/NMSF-2018-Elim-Brackets.html
You may also check the back of your certificate. You should have written your night on the back of it. You should have also received an email confirmation.
How can I make sure the KJ has the song I want to sing?

The best way to do this is by going to that KJs venue long in advance of your night to audition and make sure he or she has it. Or when you turn in your song, specify the exact version. You can even request the exact song number for example SC-4852
How much notice will I get if I make it to the Semi-Finals?

We are trying something different this year. We are waiting until all contestants have sung. They are scored each night. Then based on scores the top 24 will be chosen for the Semi Finals. We expect to send a text out to the top 24 by 11pm on Thursday, September 15th. It will also be posted on the website in the elimination brackets. You will have to confirm that you can make it by 10am Friday morning or the next contestant in line will get your spot.
How do I sign up for Open Karaoke?

On line at: http://www.callmeozz.net/NM-State-Fair-Karaoke-Showcase-Open-Karaoke-Three-Times.html or you can just walk in, if there is space you will be able to sing. Open karaoke is every day except the last Sunday from 5:00-5:45pm check in is from 4:00-4:30, walk ins are from 4:30-4:45.

I never received confirmation for the song I selected. What do I do?

This can be a serious dilemma. It is listed on the registration, change song, and change venue form to contract 'awards' if you do not receive confirmation within 48 hours.  If you don’t get a confirmation within 48 hours, immediately contact your coach or send an email to awards@callmeozz.net
I missed the deadline…what song will I be singing?

You will be singing the last song you qualified with

What time do I have to be at the fair?

Depends on the day. Thursday-Sunday is 6:15-6:45
Friday & Saturday Showcase only is 7:15-8:15
Minors on Sunday is 2:00-2:30pm
You can also check the back of your certificate.
​Can I use my own music-

No, this is karaoke, not song writing.

We will not promote your music.Thursday-Sunday is 6:15-6:45
Friday & Saturday Showcase only is 7:15-8:1
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Is there anywhere I can park for free at the fair?

No-There is no free parking in, or around the fairgrounds.

You can use park n ride from Coronado or the tram from San Mateo & Central
See Rule #500-13 for more information
Why can’t I change my song at the audition night?

Pre-Planning and organization is the key to the success in a competition of this size. We expect over 350 songs to be sung during these auditions. Could you imagine if everyone wanted to change their song at the last minute? 

The Auditions would never start on time, therefore creating chaos, and problems with songs, therefore leaving the door open for unfair judging.
Our first year of doing the NM State Fair, we allowed people to turn in their songs at the last minute and change them. It was a nightmare. 

We strive to make every audition run as smooth and fair as possible. We also want as many non competitive singers be able to sing as well. 

If you do not want to turn in your song in advance and do it at the last minute, you can come in as a walk in. By doing this you are taking a chance that space may not be available, and the KJ may not have your song choice or your preferred version. When the KJ has advance notice they may able to download the version and song you want exactly. 
How will I make sure that the KJ has my song? Not every song is just acoustic, how can I specify my version?

It is your responsibility as a karaoke contestant to make sure that the venue you are registering for, that, that KJ has the song you wish to sing. Make sure you visit that venue/KJ prior to your audtion night to practice and make sure the KJ has your song. If possible, get the exact song # from the KJ and submit it to awards....