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KPOP competition RULES

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J-Tsoon5 KPOP Competition Rules

The J-TSOON5 KPOP competition will take place on 20th and 21th of April, 2024 in Kultuurikatel, Tallinn, Estonia. Stay tuned for the schedule updates on our social media channels.

1. Nomination Categories and Age Categories:

Participants must carefully align their performances with the chosen nomination and strictly adhere to the specified performance durations.

1.1 Solo Category:

  • Only 1 performer is allowed on stage.
  • Performance duration of 60 seconds to 90 seconds.
  • Solo performers can have backup dancers, but their stage time should not exceed half of the total performance duration (e.g., if the performance is 1 minute, backup dancers should stay on the stage no longer than 30 seconds).
  • Judges will only evaluate the soloist’s performance, no additional points will be given for backup dancers.
  • The number of people in the backup dance group must be specified during registration for the competition. If backup dance participants are not taking part in the competition, they will need to purchase tickets at the full price.

1.2 Duo/Trio Category:

  • 2 to 3 performers are permitted on stage.
  • Performance duration of 120 seconds to 150 seconds.
  • Duo/Trio performers can have backup dancers, but their stage time should not exceed half of the total performance duration (e.g., if the performance is 2 minutes, backup dancers should stay on the stage no longer than 1 minute).
  • Judges will evaluate the duo/trio performance exclusively, not providing additional points for backup dancers.
  • The number of people in the backup dance group must be specified during registration for the competition. If backup dance participants are not taking part in the competition, they will need to purchase tickets at the full price.

1.3 Group Category:

  • Four or more performers are allowed on stage.
  • Performance duration of 180 seconds to 210 seconds.
  • Please be aware that the stage dimensions will be provided to selected participants in the acceptance letter. The recommended number of participants on stage is 9 individuals. While participants are welcome to participate in a team with more members, please note that the festival cannot guarantee comfortable accommodation on stage during the performance.

1.4 Age Rules:

    • Up to 14 years
    • 15-17 years
    • 18+ years
  • For Solo: The age category must correspond to the participant’s age at the time of the festival.
  • Duo/Trio: The age category is determined by the age of the oldest participant at the time of the festival in the group.
  • Group: The age category is determined by the percentage ratio of participants’ ages. If over half of the participants fall into the 18+ category at the time of the festival, the group should choose the 18+ category. The same principle applies to the 15-17 and up to 14 age categories. In a 50-50 percentage ratio, the group is assigned to the higher age category.

Organizers retain the right to adjust the age category in case of discrepancies. Participants will receive advance notification via the email provided in the application regarding any changes to their age category.

2. Best Costume Special Prize:

All Participants have the opportunity to win the Best Costume Special Prize. Here’s how:

  • Craft a costume that resembles or even replicates the attire of your chosen Idol.
  • Submit a high-quality reference picture showcasing the entire costume.
  • Note that the application form allows for the submission of 1 to 3 pictures. Providing more reference pictures will allow the special prize judge to evaluate the costume more thoroughly.

It’s important to emphasize that these rules are specific to the special prize. These rules are not mandatory if participants don’t intend to create a costume.  Participants are encouraged to perform in attire or a costume that brings them comfort.

3. Judging Criteria:

Judges are bound by confidentiality and are prohibited from disclosing details about the judging process or outcomes. A respectful environment is maintained and attempts at bribery will not be effective.

3.1 For Dance Competition:

  • Synchronization (Duo/Trio and Groups Only): Evaluate the seamless coordination of movements among participants for a visually captivating performance.
  • Precision: Assess the accuracy and sharpness of individual and group movements, showcasing mastery and attention to detail.
  • Choreography: Evaluate how closely the choreography adheres to the original.
  • Performance (Artistry/Charisma/Spectacle): Assess the artistic expression, charisma, and overall stage presence, focusing on how well participants connect with the audience.
  • Overall Impression: Evaluates the collective impact and enjoyment factor derived from the seamless coordination, precision, choreography adherence, artistic expression, charisma, and stage presence, assessing how well these elements combine to create a fantastic and engaging performance.

3.2 For Best Costume Prize:

  • Similarity to the Original: Evaluate the costume’s intricacy and how well it aligns with the original.
  • Costume Presentation on Stage: Evaluates how the costumes appear on stage and how they enhance the performers’ presence, contributing to the overall visual appeal of the performance.
  • Comfort and Additional Details: Evaluate the comfort of the costume, any additional elements incorporated, and the quality of execution.

Please be mindful of rule violations related to costumes and stage appearance. The fourth judge reserves the right to deduct 5 to 10 points for any performance breaching these regulations.  Participants are requested to familiarize themselves with the specific instructions provided.

4. Performance Restrictions:

Each participant has the opportunity to perform on stage twice, following these options:

  • 1 group performance and 1 solo or duo/trio performance (1+1);
  • 1 solo performance and 1 duo/trio performance (1+1);
  • Participants not performing in the solo or duo/trio categories can opt for up to two group performances, provided they use different group lineups (1+1).
  • The organizers maintain the right to control the overall number of performances to ensure a seamless event. Due to the limited slots available, it’s crucial to note that the selection of both performances for participation cannot be guaranteed.
  • Participants can showcase a dance by a Korean choreographer, and the music is not restricted to Korean songs.
  • Live vocals are prohibited during the performance, and all performances must adhere to the format specified in the application.

5. Application and Selection Process:

  • Video of the Performance:
  • To be considered for participation, all applicants must submit a video showcasing their practice or performance of the dance they intend to perform. Participants need to submit a video of their own performance, not the video of the artist’s performance. This video is a mandatory requirement for selection into the event.
  • Participants are required to share a video of their dance rehearsal using any file exchange platform. It’s crucial that participants confirm the access rights of the link, ensuring organizers can view the submitted videos without any issues. Failure to adhere to these guidelines may lead to disqualification from the selection process.
  • There are several popular file exchange platforms that participants can use to share their dance rehearsal videos. Here are some commonly used options:
    1. YouTube: Participants can upload their rehearsal videos as unlisted or private and share the link with organizers.
    2. Google Drive: Participants can upload their videos to Google Drive and share the link with viewing permissions.
    3. Dropbox: Participants can upload videos to Dropbox and share the link with appropriate access permissions.
    4. OneDrive: Microsoft’s OneDrive is another option for participants to upload and share rehearsal videos. 
  • Music: The performance audio track should be in MP3 format, with a minimum bitrate of 128kbps and a sample rate of 44kHz.
  • Reference Picture: Each participant must provide a reference picture of the K-POP group or idol whose dance they will perform on stage.

5.1 File Naming Rules:

  • Video: Performer Name _ Name of the KPOP artist _ Name Of The Song _ Video
    • Example: JTsoon Team _ EXO _ Love Shot _ Video.
  • Music: Performer Name _ Name of the KPOP artist _ Name Of The Song _ Music
    • Example: JTsoon Team _ EXO _ Love Shot _ Music
  • Reference Picture: Performer Name _ Name of the KPOP artist _ Name Of The Song _ Reference Picture
    • Example: JTsoon Team _ EXO _ Love Shot _ Reference Picture

Incorrectly named files may lead to disqualification.

6. Selection Process:

  • Participants will be notified of their selection via the email used for the application. Share this information with all members of the group or duo/trio. Consider using different emails for easier communication.

7. Age-Appropriate Dances:

  • All dances must align with the age category of the participants.
  • Teams with members under 18 years old must strictly adhere to this rule.

8. Costumes and Stage Appearance:

  • All participants, regardless of age category, must wear shorts under skirts or dresses, and the shorts should be visible enough for judges and spectators to confirm their presence.
  • It is recommended to choose comfortable footwear suitable for dance performances to avoid possible injuries.

9. Organizational Matters Related to Performances:

  • For the safety of performers, the presence of liquids, gases, or chemicals on stage is strictly prohibited
  • Clarify any questions regarding music, lighting, and equipment during the rehearsal. No changes will be made during the competition, making attendance at rehearsals crucial.
  • Rehearsal schedules and organizational details will be provided after successfully passing the selection for the competition.
  • Participants must be backstage no later than five acts before their performance to inform organizers of their presence in advance. After this, participants are not allowed to leave backstage for other reasons than performing on stage.
  • In each category, participants must choose a MAIN CONTACT person and provide their contact phone number as the primary one. This is necessary for timely communication with participants if their performance starts earlier or if they are not present at the appointed time, as indicated above. If participants are not backstage at the appointed time and do not answer calls from the organizing committee, their performance will be rescheduled to the end of the block This rule applies to all participants, including soloists, duets/trios, and groups. Solo category participants must specify themselves as the main contact.
  • Participants are urged to inform organizers promptly if they are unable to attend the event and perform before the start of the competition blocks. After the start of the participant’s competition block, the organizers may not respond to calls and messages due to a busy schedule.
  • Please take these rules seriously. If a participant does not show up backstage at the appointed time, does not notify the organizers, and does not respond to their calls, they will be disqualified, and there will be no ticket refunds

10. Tickets:

  • Participants in stage competitions are entitled to a special discount on a 2-day event ticket.
  • Please only purchase tickets once performance registration is approved by our KPOP coordinator.
  • Those participants who are involved in backup dancing but not participating in the main competition themselves,  are allowed to be backstage but must purchase a full-price ticket.
  • A solo, duo/trio, group is allowed to have only one assistant. The assistant is permitted to be backstage but will need to purchase a full-price ticket.
  • Upon morning registration, each participant will be issued a special wristband, serving as a crucial ticket pass that must be kept from being removed for two days. If a participant registers and obtains a wristband on the first day but loses it the following day, the participant will have to buy a new ticket at the full price. Preserve wristbands to prevent incurring additional expenses.
  • Note that the option to report wristband issues is only available during the festival. After the first day of the event, organizers will not accept complaints about lost or damaged wristbands. 

11.  On-site registration:

  • Before proceeding to the backstage area, all participants must complete their registration at the KPOP registration desk, where they will receive their badges.
  • Each participant must present a document (ID card or passport) confirming their age during on-site registration on the event day.
  • This document is necessary to verify compliance with the indicated age category in the application.
  • All participants must arrive at the designated registration time, which will be provided in the email after the application is accepted. Lateness may result in exclusion from the list of performers or rescheduling to another day. Registration time will be provided to participants who have passed the selection one week before the event.
  • Those participants who are involved in backup dancing but not participating in the main competition themselves must attend the registration process alongside the solo participant or the duo/trio participants. This is necessary for the competition registration and to obtain a badge allowing access backstage. If backup dancers arrive after the registration period has closed, they will be unable to receive a badge.
  • Assistants are also required to attend the registration process alongside the participants they are assisting. This is necessary for the competition registration and to obtain a badge allowing access backstage. If assistants arrive after the registration period has closed, they will be unable to receive a badge.
  • If, for any reason, participants are unable to participate, please inform us promptly by contacting us at kpop@j-tsoon.ee.

12. Backstage Behavior:

  • Participants must maintain order in the dressing rooms, refrain from scattering personal items, and clean up after themselves.
  • Respectful behavior toward the organizers, staff, judges, and other K-Pop and Cosplay participants is mandatory!
  • Changing clothes and leaving personal belongings are only allowed in specially designated dressing rooms for K-Pop participants. Leaving items in Cosplay dressing rooms or other unauthorized areas is not permitted.

13. Responsibility for Personal Belongings:

  • The organizers are not responsible for any lost items. Participants are kindly asked to take good care of their valuables and not leave them unattended.

14. Procedure After the Completion of the First and Second Day of the Festival:

  • At the end of the first day, participants are allowed to leave their belongings in the dressing rooms overnight. However, it is recommended not to leave valuable items as the event is not responsible for their safety.
  • After the completion of the second day, participants must retrieve all their belongings from the dressing rooms.
  • All participants must promptly vacate the premises 40 minutes after the conclusion of the event on the first and second day.

Participating in any form of cheating, rule-breaking, or disregard for the rules will result in disqualification from future J-TSOON events.

Note: The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the rules and regulations of the competition to ensure fair judging, maintain order, and ensure the safety of all participants.

By applying to the competition the competitors agree to adhere to the rules.

For any additional questions, please reach out to our email kpop@j-tsoon.ee.

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