Judging will be based on a common set of criteria adapted by all KWC member countries.

Judges will award each contestant between 1 and 10 points for each of the following 4 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- Ability 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 character 

Song Choice- Appropriateness of the song for the singer

STAGE PRESENCE/PRESENTATION (please note below how this criterion will be judged for the online entries)

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

For Round 1 Online Route:

“Stage Presence/Presentation” will be based on Facebook Page Likes and post likes/shares. We will post every entry on the Official KWC Asia Facebook Page and contestants are encouraged to get support from their friends in Liking the Page, liking the post of their entry and sharing. Points will be awarded as below:
Top 10% of online entries will get 10 points
Next 20% will get 8 points
Next 20% get 5 points
Bottom 50% get 3 points

Facebook Page Scoring

  1. All online contestants will be given a chance to get their friends and supporters to bring up their scores via likes and shares.
  2. Contestants will be scored on the 4th criteria which is Stage Presence/Presentation based on the following scoring system:

Top 10% of online entries getting most number of Likes and share will get 10 points

Next 20% will get 8 points

Next 20% get 5 points

Bottom 50% get 3 points


Please note that this is only ONE of the criteria. But it will help you score better to move to round 2 which is the regional finals!


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