500-1: Association with the judges at the competitions is not permitted. Doing so is immediate disqualification. (This is limited to the jurisdiction of the NM State Fair or at the venue at the time of the qualification round.) (See clarification below: April 1, 2015)
500-2: CLARIFICATION RULE #18/APRIL 1, 2015:
During the competition season (April 19 -September 16) it is strictly prohibited to “hang out with”, “intermingle with”, “associate with”, “fraternize with”, in or out of any venue or State Fair premises. We understand that chance encounters may occur, and in those circumstances the conversation should be very limited and should not include anything that has to do with the competitions. The judges are also informed not to associate with any of the contestants at any time and if so they will be relieved of their position. If a contestant would like to know how they were judged, refer to rule 100-6b.
500-3: ADDITIONAL CLARIFICATION OF RULE #18/JULY 3, 2015:
As stated in Rule #500-1 & 2, communication with the Judges is strictly prohibited for ANY reason during the entire season. Additionally it is prohibited to contact the KJ, the venue or any Call Me Ozz associate for any reason such as placement or song changes (but not limited to these reasons.) As stated in Rule 700, all communication is to go through [email protected] or your Mentor.
500-4: You must be present at the time that the announcement is made as to who the qualifiers are. If you are one of the qualifiers, and not present, it will go to the next highest score.
500-5: There are many opportunities to qualify. The number of qualifiers each night varies. There shall be Ninety Six Adult and Twelve Minors total qualifiers for the showcase. If a qualified singer is unable to attend the elimination round and we are notified in advance, we will choose the singer with next highest score from the venue the cancelling singer qualified from to take their place at the NMSF.
500-6: If for some reason a venue cancels out, the highest scores from all of the other qualifying venues will replace that venues spots to get the singers that would have come from that venue.
500-7: If the KJ or the sound engineer makes an error which is determined by the judges to negatively affect the singers score a re-do may be permitted on one of the other nights or the same night of the showcase rounds. This will take a unanimous decision from the judges, Ozz’s assistant and Ozz.
500-8: If there is a problem on the stage, please calmly walk over to the KJ and explain the problem. The KJ will correct it or take it to Ozz’s assistant for correction. Avoid unsportsmanlike conduct. Protocol is to bring up the next singer while we correct the problem. This may also be the case if the KJ or the Sound Engineer makes a mistake.
500-9: Showcase rounds shall begin on September 5th, and be every night on September 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. There shall be twelve singers each night. After the showcase on September 12th, the judges shall open the scores of all ninety-six performers and shall post on the CMO website who the twenty-four semifinalists are. These will be the top twenty four out of ninety-six scores. They will also be notified via text message and email to return on Friday, September 13th for the semifinal round.
500-10: Semi-Final round shall be held on Friday, September 13th. After the semifinal rounds on September 14th, the top twelve shall be posted on the CMO website who the twelve finalists are. These will be the top twelve out of twenty-four scores. They will also be notified via text message and email to return on Saturday, September 14th for the final and grand finale round on Saturday, September 14th.
500-11: The Final Round and Grand Finale shall be held on Saturday, September 14th. Each of the twelve finalists will perform one song. The judges shall determine the top three performers. Each of the top three shall be called on stage to perform two songs in a row. The judges shall determine First, Second and Third Place. Awards and prizes shall be distributed.
500-12a: The Minors Showcase and Grand Finale shall take place on Sunday, September 15th. Each of the twelve minors will perform one song. The judges shall determine the top three performers. Each of the top three shall be called on stage to perform two songs in a row. The judges shall determine First, Second and Third Place. Awards and prizes shall be distributed.
500-12b: Should a tie occur for the Semi-Finals, the Finals or the Grand Finale, the judges shall examine the scores from the contestants Audition Night. The contestant with the highest score shall move forward.
500-13: If you qualify for a showcase night, you will receive a pass for your night on the stage. If you qualify for the semi final, final/grand finale you will receive another entry pass to the NMSF but only one for you. You are responsible for any parking or transportation fees. No free parking this year. You may use park n ride from Coronado or the Tram from San Mateo & Central. Passes may not be sold or traded.
500-13b-Once you qualify at a venue you will choose your night at the Fair. Once you choose your night at the Fair you cannot change it for any reason. Make sure that you have thought about that before you come to your audition night.
500-15: Any violation of these Rules, Terms and Conditions could result in being disqualified from the contest. If a person is disqualified, his or her spot may be given to the next person with the next highest score.
500-16: If disqualification or black list occurs for a contestant, the length of time will depend upon the severity of the rules infractions and the remorse of such actions. While no rule does not state how long the ban will be in place, it also does not say how long it won't be in place. CMO reserves the right to refuse any registration based on previous actions directly in the NMSF Karaoke Showcase or other events or venues. The lift will be determined by the NMSF Planning Committee.
500-17: If a member of your party conducts unsportsmanlike conduct you may be disqualified on the grounds of association.
500-18: Should we find it necessary to disqualify a contestant, these are the actions we will take:
1- We will discuss the situation with the assistant and the coaches.
2- Should the assistant and coaches agree that further actions should be taken, we will present this situation to the CMO planning committee for review.
3- Should the planning committee agree the disqualification will take place, CMO shall notify the contestant(s) via email with a letter attached.
4- A hard copy will be mailed to the address on file.
5- A disqualified contestant may present an appeal to [email protected] stating facts why we should not disqualify them.
500-19-If a venue starts karaoke early, contestants may not sing prior to the beginning of the audtion. If they do, they will be disqualified for that night only.
500-20: APPROPRIATE DRESS: The NMSF is a Family Friendly atmosphere. Therefore, appropriate dress is required. Consider school guidelines. Dresses and shorts must be at least one hand length above the knee. Torso area must be fully covered above the breast area. This is not a limited dress code. Should the NMSF or the Stage Manager bring into question the dress of a singer, the singer may be asked to adhere to the request of the NMSF or may not be allowed to perform on the stage.