Lip Sync Contest Ideas

Updated February 21, 2017

Lip syncing contests let people show off their ability to mimic a performance. Participants never sing a note but simply mouth the words and put on a physical performance. The physical performance includes dancing and mimicking the singer and song. These performances will be judged on how accurate the performer appears to be singing the song, and how generally entertaining the performance is.

Fundraising Contest

A lip syncing contest can be organised as a fund raiser. Contestants can pay a small fee to participate, such as five dollars. They can bring a CD or mp3 player with their music; provide a CD player or speakers to play the music.

A small attendance feed can also be charged. A donation bucket can be placed near the entrance. Each contestant can have a small bucket for donations. The audience members can then vote for the best performance by donating money. Once the winner is announced, they should win a small prize, such as a percentage of the donation money. The rest should go to whatever organisation is raising the funds.

Artist Tribute

Popular musicians, such as Lady Gaga or Michael Jackson, may end up being picked for a lot of songs in a lip syncing contest. A single-artist showcase can pay tribute to an artist's accomplishments. Start by opening a poll a few weeks before the contest begins. Voters will pick which artist they want to showcase. Announce the artist a week before the contest to give participants a chance to choose and prepare a song. Multiple renditions of the same song are OK. Participants are judged based on how well they mimic the performance of the artist--for example, if they can perform Michael Jackson's trademark moonwalk dance. They are also judged on how well their wardrobe matches the artist. The winner should receive a small prize.

Comedy Act

A comedy section during your lip syncing contest can add diversity to the contest. This section should feature exaggerated performances that parody a song or a performer. Each performer can explain their idea to the contest organisers ahead of time to gauge audience appropriateness. The comedy section of the contest can be judged as a separate performance. It can also be judged cumulatively with the straight lip syncing contest.

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Eric Benac began writing professionally in 2001. After working as an editor at Alpena Community College in Michigan and receiving his Associate of Journalism, he received a Bachelor of Science in English and a Master of Arts in writing from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.