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How to Choose a Song to Sing at a Talent Show
Singing at a talent show can be a great way to show off your ability, meet new people, win prizes, and gain valuable experience performing in front of an audience. Your song choice will be one of the most important decisions you make, and it can also be the most fun!
Impressing the Judges and Audience
Pick your song based on the scoring system.Most talent show judges incorporate audience response, stage presence, and overall performance in their scoring. Other criteria might not be so obvious to you. Ask the people running the talent show if you can have a copy of the scorecard or judging criteria to help you practice.
- If points are earned for originality, put some unique flair on the song you choose or change up the tempo. For example, sing an upbeat rock song like, “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey as an acoustic rendition and slow down the verses and chorus.
- If one of the criteria is stage presence, try a song that helps you move around the stage and engage the crowd, like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper or “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band.
Choose a song that fits the audience.If you’re performing at a school, church, or other family-friendly location, pick a song without sexually explicit lyrics or violence. Remember the holiday talent show scene in the movieMean Girls? The outfits and dance moves got the girls expelled...but at least they had charisma!
- This is especially important if your score is based on audience response. Help the audience clap and cheer for you by picking a song that will leave them feeling pumped or nostalgic! Try “Happy” by Pharrell Williams or “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King.
Stick to the theme of the show.Some competitions require you to pick from a pre-approved list of songs, or songs from a certain genre or decade. If the show doesn’t have a theme, you’re in luck! That just means you have more songs to choose from. If it does have a theme and you’re struggling with it, don’t worry. You can find a song you’ll sound good singing, you just need more ideas.
Watch the clock.Some talent shows limit performances to a set number of minutes. Selecting a song that’s too long could get you disqualified, and the audience could lose focus. For a new performer, a shorter song may be easier for memorization and for nerves.
- “Dancing in the Street” by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, “Can’t Buy Me Love” by the Beatles, and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen all clock in under 3 minutes.
- If you become attached to a longer song, you could shorten it by leaving out a verse or two.
Experimenting with Your Voice and Abilities
Judge your own strengths.If you have a powerful voice, a rock song or ballad that lets you show off your range is a great decision. Try, “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars or “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele. If your voice is soft, try a song that doesn’t require you to “belt it out,” like “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones. If you don’t know your strengths yet, ask for feedback from friends or any musicians or singers you know.
- Alternatively, try recording yourself. Even though you already listen to yourself when you sing, listening to a recording is a little different because you’re not busy singing and you can really pay attention. Remember that you are your worst critic, so try and go easy on yourself while still being honest about whether you’re straining to hit notes or having trouble breathing.
Try the song out with your group.If you are performing as part of a band, duet, or ensemble, it is equally important that the band and other singers perform the song well. If one of you is out of tune or doesn’t play the music correctly, the audience and judges will probably notice. Popular duet songs include, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell and “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.
- You can also turn a song into a duet or ensemble piece by having different people sing different verses or parts of the chorus. Be creative and have fun!
Pick a song you’re comfortable with.Singing in front of people can be tough and your song choice can make it tougher. No matter what anyone else says, if you don’t feel comfortable, cannot hit the notes, or just don’t like the song, it will show through to the judges and the audience. Pick something you feel great performing and chances are - you’ll look and sound great, too!
Browse a music store.Anywhere that sells CDs, especially karaoke discs, will give you lots of ideas for songs. You’ll probably need to purchase your song and have the CD or MP3 track ready for the audio engineers at the talent show, anyway. Make sure you practice to the exact version you’ll be using at the show.
Look online for song options.You can find plenty of forums and websites dedicated to listing songs for different occasions. You might try using very specific terms, like “songs for low voices,” or, “songs for females with raspy voices.” Just remember to take everything you read on forums with a grain of salt.
Keep a backup option ready.If you end up with a song that you don’t know very well, keeping a song that you’re more comfortable with on the backburner is like a safety net. That way, if you find that you aren’t making enough progress on the new one, you have something else ready to go.
QuestionHow do I make my voice sound good?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPractice a lot, and pick songs to help you practice your pitch. Ask for feedback from family members and friends and ask for HONEST opinions.Thanks!
QuestionWhat song should I sing for a talent show if I am nervous?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou should maybe pick a song you like or one that is going to bring out your best singing voice. Practicing is key, so you should do that constantly.Thanks!
QuestionIs "Skyscraper" by Demi Lovato a good song for a talent song?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, if you can't hit that note at the end, that's totally fine. There are lot's of covers of the song and some don't hit the note. Also, it's always best to change the pitch if needed.Thanks!
QuestionIs "All I Ask" by Adele a good song for a talent show?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you have a powerful voice and have no problem hitting the notes, it would be a great song.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I focus when I'm onstage singing?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBefore you go onstage, visualize exactly how you want it to happen. Don't look at the judges if you are super nervous. Look just above their heads, so it looks like you are still looking at them, and block out all sounds and distractions.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do if I am shy?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDon't focus on the audience. As long as you are satisfied with the way your voice sounds other people's opinions don't matter.Thanks!
QuestionCan I sing in front of a mirror and record myself?Scorpia MalfoyCommunity AnswerAbsolutely. Just keep in mind that you will never sound as good in a recording on your phone as you will in real life. You are a fabulous singer, and no phone recording will be able to capture it!Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do if my boyfriend is going to watch me sing, and he is a jerk?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWhy is he your boyfriend if you think he's a jerk? If you're uncomfortable having him watch you sing, you can try asking him not to attend the show. Of course, if he's a jerk, he'll likely ignore you and come anyway. So your best bet is to focus on being the best you can be and avoid looking in his direction when you're performing.Thanks!
QuestionWhat are good songs for talent shows?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPop or slow love songs are the best for a talent show.Thanks!
QuestionIs "Just Give Me a Reason" by Pink a good talent show song?Scorpia MalfoyCommunity AnswerThat's a great song because it will really show off the range in your voice. Even better if you can get someone to do a duet with you.Thanks!
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- The more time you have to practice the song, the better. Try to pick the song before you even enter the competition, or as quickly as possible.
- Memorize the lyrics before you perform. A prompt sheet or sheet music can be distracting to the audience and give the impression you aren’t prepared. It can also trip you up or keep you from connecting with the judges and audience.
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