SING YOUR PRAISE NATIONAL COMPETITION 2018
The “Sing Your Praise” competition platform is entirely voter-based. Contestants who receive the highest number of votes in each round will advance to the next round. Contestants can earn votes in two ways:
Sharing their voting pages with friends, family, fans or the general public through social media networks. Contestants are required to share their voting page with family, friends, and fans, and actively campaign on social media for audience votes. The aim is to engage viewers and drum up support in the form of votes. Judges of this competition are record label A&R professionals, and they look for artists not only with talent but with a large social media follower base as well. In today’s music industry, the number of followers on an artist’s social media pages help determine their likelihood of getting record deal offers. “Sing Your Praise” judges are looking for talented contestants whose voting page shows a steady increase in audience votes.
- Earning judge stars. At the end of each round, competition judges reward the contestant of their choice with a star worth 300 votes. Earning a judge star can tip the scale in favor of a contestant whose vote count otherwise falls short of winning the round and advancing to the next round.
Each “Sing Your Praise” competition round has a specified start and end date, during which contestants can share their voting pages with friends, family, fans, and other social media networks in an effort to get the votes necessary to win the round.
PUBLIC VOTING ENDS
Voting closes to the general public a few days before the designated end date to give judges time to cast their judge stars for the contestants of their choice.
ADVANCING FROM ROUND TO ROUND
In order to advance from round to round contestants must receive the highest number of votes among competitors in the qualifying round and each subsequent bracket round.
Based on the highest number of votes, the qualifying round determines one winner in each of the 50 states, plus 14 wildcard winners, for a total of 64 contestants advancing to the first bracket round.
With each round, contestants' votes renew to level the playing field. Thirty-two contestants will advance to round two, 16 contestants will advance to round three, and eight contestants will advance to round four.
SHARING YOUR VOTING PAGE
All contestants will have a personal voting page immediately after registering for the competition, which they can begin to share at once. All rounds of competition have specific voting dates.
Voting begins Voting ends*
1. Qualifying round September 1st, 2018 October 29th, 2018
2. First bracket round November 7th, 2018 November 19th, 2018
3. Second bracket round November 28th, 2018 December 3rd, 2018
4. Third bracket round December 12th, 2018 December 24th, 2018
5. Fourth bracket round January 2nd, 2019 January 11th, 2019
6. Fifth bracket round January 23rd, 2019 February 4th, 2019
7. Sixth bracket round February 13th, 2019 February 25th, 2019
* Remember, voting closes to the general public a few days prior to each round’s designated end date to give judges time to cast their judge
All voting dates are posted on the “Sing Your Praise” competition detail page. Voting pages can be shared on any social media account by copying the link and pasting it in the comment area of each social media network. This link automatically creates a post that opens to the contestant’s voting page for viewers to look over and cast their votes.
The voting page link can also be emailed, texted, or sent via any messenger application on social media. Contestants should consider sharing their voting page as a marketing tool for sharing their talent with the world. After all, not only are they trying to solicit votes for the “Sing Your Praise” competition, by sharing there may be an audience in social media that will see the contestant’s page and offer an opportunity that suits the contestant’s talent. This is also an opportunity for the artist to expand their social presence, which in today’s digital universe is huge to the successfully seeking a career in show business.
Important note- “Sing Your Praise” contestants should be aware that in competition judges look at each participant’s number of votes, number of page views, and number of followers or supporters a contestant. These factors, coupled with talent, of course, weigh heavily on the judges’ decisions. Judges want to see that a contestant is invested in the competition, evidenced by the level of activity in sharing their voting page and the campaigning for votes process. Judges place a high level of importance on contestants maintaining a strong following or fan base, which reflects the artist’s overall success potential. The entertainment industry has changed to keep pace with digital trends including social media’s immense reach, and contestants need to change with it. Social media is the trend contestants need to adopt in order to keep up. By sharing their voting pages, contestants have a valuable opportunity to actively raise awareness of their talent among potential fans and entertainment industry insiders.
YOUR ELECTRONIC PORTFOLIO
Upon successfully registering, every “Sing Your Praise” contestant receives a FREE portfolio on the Virdition platform. The portfolio is attached to their voting page for audiences, judges, and people on social media networks to view. As a contestant, your portfolio is your chance to tell your story and showcase your talent. “Sing Your Praise” competition judges are A&R agents for major entertainment companies, whose jobs are to find the next big stars. With that in mind, think of your portfolio as your resume in the entertainment profession and add all the audio, video, and image files you can for them to review.
Stars represent reward points that judges use to cast their votes for contestants they consider top performers in each round. In the “Sing Your Praise” competition, each judge star carries the equivalent of 300 votes, a value set by the competition organizer. Competition organizers can have up to eight judges per competition evaluating talent and casting one star each for the best contestant in the qualifying or bracket rounds. The “Sing Your Praise” 2018 competition will have four judges.
Four judges will participate in both the qualifying and the bracket round levels of competition of the “Sing Your Praise” competition. In the qualifying round, each judge will vote for the top contestant in every state. That means four judges will reward 1,200 stars valued at 300 votes per star, all of which can go to one contestant or be split between multiple contestants. The same scenario regarding judge stars will be applied to bracket rounds, in which each round of competitors goes head to head in competition.
Virdition has implemented a series of safeguards to prevent individuals from voting repeatedly or using bots and apps to increase their vote numbers. All voters are required to register and create a voter account on the Virdition platform. Registered voter accounts allow us to keep track of the contestant they support enabling them to vote again in subsequent rounds without having to re-register. Voters have the option to register by entering their details or by clicking the “Easy Facebook voting” option. During the registration process, the voter either enters their details or selects the Easy Facebook voting option, completes the captcha process, and confirms their vote by going to their email. While the registration procedure may seem inconvenient or lengthy, it’s actually quick and the only way to control potential free voting abuse. Only votes submitted by registered voters only will count.
CONTESTANTS POLICING CONTESTANTS
Each contestant voting page has a red flag that can be used for notifying competition organizers of suspicious voting activities or inappropriate material on the part of a competitor in any round. A hint that suspicious voting may be occurring is observing single votes tallying up every few seconds. If a flag is sent to the competition organizer regarding a contestant, the organizer can review the flagged contestant’s voting activity to determine whether or not their votes are legitimate.
Upon reviewing flagged contestants’ voting activity, if the competition organizer discovers evidence that the contestant or one of the contestant’s supporters is abusing the free voting system using bots, applications designed to cheat voting systems, or different email addresses generating from the same IP address for repeated voting, the organizer is at liberty to disqualify the contestant without warning. Warnings are subject to the severity of the abuse which is determined by the competition organizer.
Boost votes is an option designed to be a lifeline for contestants to reach out to supporters to sponsor them by boosting their votes. Friends, families, or fans of contestants who feel that a talented contestant is not receiving the voter support they deserve due to a lack of social network connections or fans can help by boosting their votes.
The “Sing Your Praise” competition has set a limit on the number of boost votes supporters can sponsor per round to prevent boost voting from getting out of hand while giving all contestants an equal opportunity. Contestants can not use boost voting on their own campaigns. Contestants who do attempt to boost their votes may be subject to disqualification. Boost voting is strictly for contestant supporters to use to help a specific contestant or contestants. In this competition, a boost vote of $1.00 will get the contestant 5 votes. The boost voting purchase limit is $300 per round, up to 1,500 votes total.
BUSINESS AD SPONSORSHIP
Ad sponsorship can help contestants earn votes. By reaching out to local businesses and businesses owned by friends or family for sponsorship, contestants can offer to add business logos and website links of sponsoring organizations to their voting pages. By sharing their voting pages on social networks, contestants increase online exposure for sponsoring businesses. In addition, business sponsors can purchase an ad on the contestant’s voting page for a minimum of $100.00. The cost of a business ad is based on the location the sponsor’s logo is to be placed.
The first position on the contestant’s voting page is the space located to the right of the video/content viewing screen and the next four positions are located directly below the video/content viewing screen. Typically, these top five ad locations are reserved for the competition organizer’s corporate sponsors. Therefore, if contestants have national, regional or state sponsors, those their logos will be placed within these five locations. Other ad sponsor logos will be placed on the contestant’s voting page after the competition organizer’s sponsor logos. Contestants’ sponsor logo positions are placed according to sponsorship value. For example, if two businesses buy a logo location, one at $125 and the other at $100, the ad valued at $125 is placed ahead of the ad valued at $100. If another business sponsor purchases a logo location valued at $150, that business logo will be placed ahead of the lower cost logos. In short, the higher the sponsorship amount, the higher the placement of the business’s logo. In this competition, an ad sponsorship of $100.00 earns the contestant 500 votes. The limit per round is $300 in (3) ad sponsorships per round, a total 1,500 vote limit per round.
Best-in-category competitions are options that competition organizers implement to offer contestants secondary opportunities to win prizes beyond the main prize. For example, a singing competition can provide the option for organizers to create up to 10 specific categories like “Best Female Vocalist” or “Best Country Music Performance.” A modeling competition may have categories such as “Best Runway Model” or “Best Petite Model.” Contestants who enter category competitions are essentially entering another competition within the main competition, in which contestants are competing for a primary prize or prizes such as the “Grand Prize.” Contestants may also compete to win one or multiple categories. Category competitions run for the same duration as the main prize competition. If a contestant in the main competition is eliminated at any point before the event ends, they can continue to compete in category competitions as long as they continue to participate and win rounds and receive votes in those categories.
VOTING PROCESS STEP BY STEP
Please follow the steps on the images below, this will help you create your voting account so that when voting for your favorite contestant you will not need to register each time. First page will take you through to the thank you page after voting for the contestant. Second page will pick up from your voting confirmation email to logging into your voting account page. NOTE: PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER IF YOU DON'T RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM VIRDITION AFTER YOU COMPLETE YOUR VOTE.
VOTING FOR CONTESTANTS - SCREENSHOT FOLLOW ARROWS
RECEIVING CONFIRMATION EMAIL AND CONFIRM VOTE