Karaoke Smackdown

Artwork by John Black

Artwork by John Black

Saturday September 8 at 10pm
Footlight Players at 20 Queen Street
Audience tickets: $10


Charleston's wildest live karaoke singing competition is back and better than ever as What If? Productions partners with our friends at Footlight Players for a late night version of this one-of-a-kind event at a brand new location! This year we will celebrate the ninth and tenth episodes of Karaoke Smackdown featuring all the same karaoke craziness with a few extra surprises in store this time around.

Just WTF is Karaoke Smackdown?
What If? Productions & Footlight Players host a battle of shameless souls to be the next Karaoke Smackdown champion! 

From Karaoke Smackdown 'Teen Idols' (Katie Bianchi as Avril Lavigne)

From Karaoke Smackdown 'Teen Idols' (Katie Bianchi as Avril Lavigne)

Each Smackdown has a music theme that contestants perform songs from. (ie. 80's night, heavy metal night, etc...) and audiences will be strongly encouraged to dress accordingly for the end of show costume contest and prizes. The music for the contestants will also reflect the night's theme. 

*Our Sept. 8 Karaoke Smackdown theme will be Movie Soundtracks.
All songs performed must be well known songs from a movie soundtrack.  

EIGHT pre-selected contestants (see below how to sign up) will compete live with a prepared song they 'memorize' based on the theme of the night. Each contestant will get to submit 5 possible songs they'd want to perform for Round One. One will be selected for them and they will be notified far ahead of time what their Round One song will be for the night. 

The final three contestants (selected by the judges with audience support) will then compete in a karaoke smackdown where they sing on the spot (with karaoke help of course) another song from a short pre-selected list of five songs. All contestants will know these five songs ahead of time but won't know which song they are given until they make the finals. The winner will be selected by the judges with audience input from in house voting. 

Each Karaoke Smackdown will consist of additonal entertainment. i.e. stand-up comedy, songs, etc. 

Our three judges for the event will include local entertainers and artists.

The evening is hosted by longtime Karaoke Smackdown and new Executive Director of Footlight Players, Brian Porter. 

All three finalists will win prizes ranging from show tickets, local restaurant gift certificates, cash and the coveted trophy, the Elaine Stritch Karaoke Smackdown Champion blow up doll! 

Potential contestants simply need to email Grace Benigni at grace.benigni@footlightplayers.net and express interest in being a contestant. Please include all contact information including your age. Eight contestants will be selected to compete and notified in advance with their potential song choices. Previous karaoke experience is not required!


$10 per person BUY ONLINE
Bar will be available for purchase of wine and beer