2009 Karaoke World Championships Bigger and Better Than Ever 2010 May Come to USA

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Karaoke World Championships held in Lahti, FInland this past weekend better than ever and broadcast live over the internet. Nearly half a million hits for the internet broadcast at karaokeuniverse.net for the event. And now the Karaoke World Championships may come to USA for 2010.

Nataliya Pilyutina from Russia and Adrian Kenny from Ireland

No Politics, let's just sing

What an outstanding event! This was so much more than a singing competition or karaoke contest. There were fantastic karaoke performers from all over the world in one place. And just like karaoke everywhere, everyone became fast friends and family. Every singer supported each other, and we are very happy for the new champions Nataliya Pilyutina from Russia and Adrian Kenny from Ireland. It seemed only fitting that one winner was from Russia after Surgey from last year's Russian team said "No Politics, let's just sing". And KWCUSA friends from Ireland who held our flag alongside theirs are always winners. Yes, this truly was a wonderful event and the live internet broadcast shared around the world only added to the experience.

The KWCUSA is very proud of the fantastic job both Brian Scott and Rebecca Armstrong did representing the USA at the 2009 KWC International competition in Lahti, Finland. Each year the competition has gotten tougher with top notch talent coming from all over the world. The entertainment value and the talent represented was much greater than what it has been in years past. It was easy last year to predict the top 10 performers--this year it was anyone's guess. It came as a surprise when Rebecca didn't make the top ten. Even though the US didn't bring back the gold this time around, the KWCUSA has gotten feedback from the judges so that, as we prepare for 2010, Karaoke World Championships USA will be the best that it can be.

However, KWCUSA does have the chance to bring the entire event to the USA for 2010. Wendell Payne met with the KWC organization Sunday afternoon to discuss the possibility of hosting the Karaoke World Championships in the USA. KWC was extremely interested in having the event in the US and are allowing KWCUSA to apply for the opportunity to host. There are probably several other countries that would like to hold the event so KWCUSA is attempting to obtain sponsorship right away.

It is important that the US holds the event and maintains or exceeds the quality that KWC Finland has shown each year. Therefore, the KWCUSA has to ensure that a great city and venue is provided for such a prestigious event. Hosting the Karaoke World Championships will be expensive to do the event in the way that it needs to be done. Right now KWCUSA is looking for a city that is willing to help locate the event as well as assist with sponsorship. Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, and San Antonio are all being considered as possible locations with no one being ruled out. An event as unique as this applies to all demographics including age, race, culture, ethnic, religious and incomes. So sponsorship should be easy, however, we need to do it quickly to ensure the USA has the opportunity to host the event. So KWCUSA has started contacting cities and corporations to ascertain interest and obtain the dollars needed. Wendell says, "KWCUSA has had limited contact with Coca-Cola in the past and will continue to pursue them as a major sponsor. KWCUSA would also like to talk to Pepsi since their President is an actual Karaoke Fan and singer."

The live Internet broadcast had nearly half a million hits, all with very little previous notice to anyone. Places from all around the world were calling, emailing, and texting to let KWC know they were tuning in. Venues seating 300 or more were showing the event, and people were cheering or booing depending upon which country they supported, much like a sporting event.

When the KWC International Competition comes to the US in 2010, it needs to have all the pomp and circumstance of the Olympics. Singers will be coming in with their flags filling the seats with their friends and families combining an Olympiad with an American Idol in a true international flavor.

The USA competition which qualifies our American champions for the world competition is growing quickly with Texas leading the way with 23 venues. Just after the event in Finland, Maloney's Irish Pub in New York signed up via the online signup. Perhaps it was because the Irish won, or maybe it was just because they enjoyed watching the live event. The California State Fair has already held their competition with their winner guaranteed a spot in the Seattle Regional in July of 2010. Bier Stube in Toledo, Buffalo Wild Wings in Dallas-Fort Worth, Abilene and Lawton, Oklahoma have their Fall competitions under way along with YBTSE in San Antonio.

The entire event was recorded with two high definition cameras. The possibility is there for the event to be broadcast on television and we have begun to make contacts for potential television agreements. [Please contact karaokeuniverse.net for video and television inquires.]

Keep your eyes open--2010 is shaping up to be a big year for KWCUSA!

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