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2021 Cheng & Tsui Superstar Karaoke Contest

Are you the next Cheng & Tsui Karaoke Superstar? 

Chinese and Japanese language students are invited to film a karaoke music video and submit it to our panel of judges, which will select five finalists. The winners are determined by an online vote, so family, friends, and classmates can take part, too.

This year, students have the opportunity to use their language skills for a cause: the top three karaoke superstars will earn prizes to benefit their classes and local communities.

Video submissions are due April 15, 2021, so get filming and have fun!

For more information about the contest, please consult the FAQ below.

  • How does the contest work?

    Starting February 23, 2021, contestants can begin submitting their videos through the Video Submission Form. Videos must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on April 15, 2021. For detailed instructions, see How do I enter? below.

    Judges chosen by Cheng & Tsui will select five finalists based on the contestants’ creativity, singing, and language performance. The finalists will be announced on April 23.

    From April 23 through April 28, the public can vote for their favorite video on our website. The top three videos with the most votes will take home prizes. The 2021 Cheng & Tsui Karaoke Superstars will be announced on this site on April 30.

  • Important Dates

    • February 23: Video submissions open
    • April 15: Deadline for video submissions
    • April 23: Top 5 finalists announced
    • April 23-28: Public voting
    • April 30: Winner announced

  • Who is eligible to enter?

    To participate in the Cheng & Tsui Superstar Karaoke Contest, you must be:

    • 13 years old or older
    • currently enrolled in a Chinese or Japanese language course

    You can only submit one entry, either as an individual or as part of a group. There is no limit to the number of participants in a group. There is a maximum of two entries from the same class. If many video submissions are expected, your language teacher should set up an internal selection process to decide upon the two entries from the class.

    Non-language students, including contestants’ family and friends, can participate in the contest during the public voting stage. For more information on the voting process, see How do I vote? below.


  • What types of songs are eligible for submission?

    All genres of music are allowed. You can perform a song of your choice as long as:

    The lyrics are in Chinese or Japanese. Songs that are translated from English or original songs are allowed. Just remember to have your language teacher proofread the lyrics before you record.
    The voices heard belong to you or your group members. Backing tracks must be instrumental only. Cheng & Tsui will not remove vocal tracks from any songs. Contestants are responsible for finding karaoke versions of their chosen song, or removing the vocal tracks.
    The video is an original creation by you or your group, produced specifically for this contest. Videos that have been submitted elsewhere are not eligible.

    Videos with inappropriate content (language, gestures, or subject matter) are not allowed and will be disqualified at the judges’ discretion.

  • How do I enter?

    1. Record an awesome karaoke performance by yourself or with classmates. If you want, add subtitles!

    2. Read and agree to the terms and conditions of this contest and sign a release waiver. If you and/or your group members are under the age of 18, you must have your parents sign on your behalf.

    3. Upload your video to Youtube. Click here for step-by-step instructions.

    4. Fill out the Video Submission Form. You and your language teacher will both receive a copy of your entry details.

    Your submission must include:

    • Your name
    • The names of your group members (if applicable)
    • Grade level
    • Your language teacher’s name
    • Your language teacher’s email
    • School name
    • City/Town
    • State
    • Language of study
    • Language proficiency level
    • Video title
    • A link to your video on Youtube
    • Title and artist of the original song
    • The song lyrics
    • Parental consent forms electronically signed by all group members' parents (if under the age of 18)

    You must submit your video by 11:59 PM EST, April 15, 2021 in order to be considered. No late submissions will be accepted.

    If you are chosen as one of our finalists, we will notify you and your language teacher by email before April 23, 2021.

  • What are the criteria for judging submissions?

    The judges will be looking for:

    •Singing performance
    •Language performance (based on your declared language proficiency level; if you’re a beginning language student, that means you will be judged against other beginners, not intermediate and advanced students!)

  • Are subtitles required?

    Subtitles are encouraged, but not required. Contestants will not be penalized for not having subtitles, but must include the full lyrics separately as part of their submission.

  • Who are the judges?

    Our committee of judges is made up of in-house language specialists here at Cheng & Tsui. They will evaluate all submissions and choose five finalists to advance to the public voting stage of the contest.

  • How do I vote?

    After the five finalists are announced on our website and social media channels, you will be able to cast your vote for your favorite video on our website. You will need a valid email address to vote. The contest works best when you view all five finalists in their entirety and vote for the one with the best overall performance. You only get one vote, so choose carefully!

    Public voting will begin on April 23 and run through April 28. For contest updates, be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or subscribe to our email list.

  • What are the prizes for winners?

    First Place: $500 Cheng & Tsui gift certificate
    Second Place: $300 Cheng & Tsui gift certificate
    Third Place: $200 Cheng & Tsui gift certificate

    The gift certificates are intended to benefit the winners' language class and will be issued to their teachers.

    In recognition of the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, if preferred, Cheng & Tsui will make an equivalent cash donation to a food pantry in your community.