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ILLUSTRATION BY JUDEE ZABALA

Sing and dance like a J-pop star–and win

ILLUSTRATION BY JUDEE ZABALA

The yearly J-Pop Anime Singing Contest is now opening its doors to amateur dancers, as the Embassy of Japan launches its 2014 J-pop Anime Sing and Dance Contest to celebrate Philippine-Japan Friendship Month this July.

 

Open to all Filipino amateur singers and dancers, the contest aims to continue its thrust to promote friendship and cultural exchange between the Philippines and Japan through music.

 

Interested participants may choose to join one of the following categories:

 

Singing category

 

1. Participants may perform solo or form a singing group with not more than four members.

 

2. Participants may choose any J-pop or anime songs in Japanese by a Japanese artist for their performance.

 

3. Participants for the singing category may choose one of the following performance setups: a) The participant may play a musical instrument, b) perform a cappella, or c) perform with a minus-one musical background. Only soundtracks from original CDs will be allowed. We reserve the right to disqualify entries that use pirated musical accompaniment.

 

Dance category

 

1. Dance groups must consist of five  members.

 

2. Participants may choose any J-pop or anime songs in Japanese by a Japanese artist for their performance. Only soundtracks from original CDs will be allowed. We reserve the right to disqualify entries that use pirated musical accompaniment.

 

Interested participants must submit the following:

 

Duly accomplished J-pop Anime Sing and Dance Contest application form. The application form and contest rules are available at the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) Library and may be downloaded from the Embassy of Japan website: www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp.

 

Individual/group photo

 

Short write-up about the performer/s.

 

A detailed description of the chosen song (i.e. artist, title and lyrics)

 

Demo CD containing two Japanese songs by the participant/s (for the singing category)

 

Demo CD with recorded video performance (for the dance category)

 

All the requirements may be submitted personally or via courier to JICC, Embassy of Japan, 2627 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. The deadline for the submission of entries is on May 23.

 

Chosen entries will compete in the J-pop Anime Sing and Dance Contest Grand Finals on July 19 at an SM Mall (final venue to be announced).

 

For more details, visit www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp or e-mail [email protected] Call 5515710 loc. 2311 or 2312.