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Otafest Idol 2009!


Who will be Otafest 2009's singing sensation?

  1. There is a list of songs available here. This is the list of instrumental tracks that will be provided by Otafest. If you choose one of these, then you do not have to provide music of your own.

  2. If you want to perform a song not on the list, then you must provide your own music. You must have an actual karaoke/instrumental track. Singing a cappella (without accompaniment) will not be allowed.

  3. The song must be related to anime, video games, or anything that fits with these genres of music (J-Pop, J-Rock, etc.).

  4. There is no restriction with regards to language. You will not be penalized (or rewarded) for choosing a song in a certain language.

  5. You must print out the lyrics for your song yourself. I have copies of lyrics for all of the songs on the list, which I can send to you. However, I will not have any printed copies the day of the event. The lyrics will not be displayed on the screen behind the performer.

  6. There will be two microphones, so you can perform either solo or in a group of two. No larger groups will be allowed.

When you sign up, please include the following information:

Submit this information to Please include the words “Otafest Idol” in the subject.

I will attempt to give everyone their first choice. If two (or more) people choose the same song, then I will look at their #2 (and possibly #3) songs. You will be informed as to which song you will be performing. Preference will be given to those who entered first.

The event will be split into two parts. The first day, Saturday, will be a 3-hour block for preliminaries. The top 10 will move on to the finals on Sunday. You can sing the same song in both rounds.

The pre-registration deadline is Friday, May 1st. However, there will only be 30 people allowed to pre-register. If we reach this number prior to May 1st, then the pre-registration will be stopped. Anyone else who wishes to compete will have to wait until the day of the event itself to sign up. Everyone who pre-registered will get priority, followed by everyone else who signed up on the day of the event. We will get as many people to perform as we can in the 3-hour block, but we can’t guarantee that everyone will get the opportunity to do so.

If you’re unsure if the song you want to perform will be allowed, or if you have any other questions, feel free to email me at