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KWC Official Judging Duets Criteria

Judges shall award each performer between 1 and 10 points for each of the following 5 categories, based upon the following specific criteria: 


Quality of Voice- Natural richness of tone, depth, resonance; a strong yet dulcet vocal sound that is enjoyable to listen to

Mastery of Voice- Development of the voice through the practice and training to attain a higher level of proficiency and virtuosity

Range- AAbility to hit low notes and high notes, and to glide smoothly through different ranges without strain 

Dynamics- Use of quieter and louder volumes as appropriate; variance of volume throughout performance

Timbre- Ability to sing richer, deeper timbres as well as softer, sweeter tones; variance of colors throughout performance


Pitch- Ability to  sing in tune and exhibit control of intonation

Timing- Ability to sing with rhythmic accuracy, taking liberties in a  tasteful manner

Breathing- Supporting the voice with breath control, ability to sustain notes, taking breaths in correct places (generally between phrases)

Skill- Use of proper vocal technique (singing with an open palate, not shouting, not resonating the nose, ect.) use and control of vibrato

Diction- Correct pronunciation of words and clarity


Expressiveness- Exuding emotion and passion, as appropriate for song, conveyed through the voice, body, and facial expression

Musicality- Genuinely feeling the music, shaping phrases artistically, incorporating aesthetic nuances, taking liberties in a tasteful manner

Lyrical Ability- Appropriate interpretation and delivery of song lyrics, placing emphasis on certain words

Individuality- Deviating from original artist recording(s) to make the song one's own; creation of unique style and charachter

Song Choice- Appropriateness of the song for the singer


Charisma- Allowing personality to shine through performance and emanate from the stage; radiating a special X factor that is appealing, magnetic, and makes for star quality

Confidence- Exuding command of the stage, strength of delivery with a self-assured performance

Movement- Use of space, walking, dancing, or other movement appropriate for the song; use of arms; posture, poise, energy

Costume & Appearance-  Brightly colored, light reflective, or otherwise attractive costume that is appropriate for song; polished presentation on stage and on camera 

Audience Appeal- Ability to connect with the audience, use of eye contact, crowd response


Harmony- simultaneously occurring frequencies, pitches (tones, notes), or chords.

Rhythm- the placement of sounds in time. Utilizing the not wholly separate, elements, such as accent, metre, and tempo.


Connection- Using your individual melody to interact with your partner creating a feeling of connection to each other and to the song.  

Blending-  Merging the sounds of instruments of contrasting tone colors n such a way that they produce a sound that is quite different from the mere sum of their parts.

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