2011 J-Pop Anime Singing Contest

2011 J-Pop Anime Singing Contest

The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines is once again inviting J-pop and anisong fans to join The J-pop Anime Singing Competition for 2011.

Amateur groups composed of up to five members (with the exemption of previous winners) are invited to join; these groups can be singing groups, bands, or song-and-dance groups. Soloists are now also welcome to join!

Prospective contestants must submit a fully accomplished application form, a group photo and short write up, a demo CD containing two Japanese songs performed by the group, and finally a detailed description of their selected songs (including song title, artist name, and lyrics both in kana and romaji). For a complete list of rules, click here.

Applications can be sent in until 20th May 2011 to the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) Library, Embassy of Japan, 2627 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City (MAP).

Only ten contestants from all over the Philippines will be selected for the final performance — where they may perform a capella, while playing their own instruments, or singing to an official karaoke version from a licensed CD (due to copyright reasons, the use of illegally downloaded media such as MP3s for the competition is strictly not allowed).

The Grand Finals will be held on 23rd July 2011 at the SM Megamall Event Center, Mandaluyong City.

The J-Pop and Anime Singing Contest is presented by the Embassy of Japan in cooperation with the Japan Foundation Manila. This event is also brought to us by Animation International Licensing Philippines, Center for Pop Music, Heritage Hotel, Nihongo Center Foundation, SM Cyberzone, the SM Supermalls, TOEI Animation Philippines, Yoshinoya, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines, Inc., Ajinomoto, Canon, Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, Yakult, and Hero TV.

42 Comments Add yours

  1. Papee says:

    Cool! Meron na agad!



  2. will you guys be joining? good luck!


  3. 516 says:

    Spread the word! πŸ˜€


  4. sambal says:

    meron na po ba yung sa Jpop Davao??


  5. chiyo says:

    kailan po ung semi finals for CEBU?


  6. Nagi says:

    Nice! This time it’s at Megamall. πŸ™‚


  7. anni says:

    nice.. sayan di na kami pwede sumali hehehehe
    excited na ko para sa mga sasali


  8. shin says:

    yes makapag cosplay πŸ™‚


  9. aRcH3L says:

    ask ko lang po… what if member ako ng isang group na nag join last year, then 3rd placer po kami,
    Pwede pa po ba ako mag join? with other group syempre,
    knowing naman po na back up dancer lang po ako ng group na nanalo last year.

    thanks po!


  10. what if member ako ng isang group na nag join last year, then 3rd placer po kami

    Previous top three winners of the contest… are not allowed to join the competition.

    Please observe the rules — no exceptions.


  11. Sig says:

    Thanks, Ms. Rochelle and welcome back! Just a tip to all the prospective participants: if you’ll read the fine details of the contest mechanics, you’ll know that for this year’s contest, acoustic, minus-one and a capella performances are preferred.


  12. Akano says:

    Just wanna ask: Is singing of “vocaloid” songs fine? There are mostly no CDs for the instrumental of those kind of songs, and composers and producers, post off vocal mp3s of the songs in download-able sites like piapro.

    Thanks. πŸ™‚


  13. vielfujisaki says:

    we’re gonna join this again for the second time! hahaha. we’re A.J.A. but we have new members so there’s a possibility that we will change our group name! i hope we can perform again in the grand finals! watch out!!!


  14. banchou says:

    ahmmm, i just want to ask, saan po ako pwedeng makabili ng original cd (minus one), solo performer po kasi ako. Thanks.


  15. Dindo says:

    Hope its nationwide.. Philippines so glad to have this event.. J-PoP πŸ™‚ anisong ^___^ Arigatou gozaimasu.. add me in fb LOL.. dindo20all@yahoo.com.. im animesuki.. see yahh.. Hope this will be shown on TV.. Pls tell us where can have original copy of music “anime, J-POP” we’ve been used in downloading mp3’s on net.. sorry bout that.. Embassy of Japan hope to chat with u.. :)) we can chat with u..


  16. Mika-chan says:

    I want to ask the same question as Sig, where I am going to ask if Vocaloid songs are okay. And yes, vocaloid songs don’t have official karaoke CDs but only downloaded (hopefully legal) in the internet. It has been a great big problem for us.
    And yeah, it’s our first time joining something this big. So hope you could help us. Arigatou Gozaimasu. Wishing everyone all the luck. =)


  17. Mika-chan says:

    correction. It was Akano who asked the question. Gomenasai.
    I also want to ask another question, how long should the performance last? any maximum or minimum time for each performance? thanks again. =)


    1. AFAIK, there are official VOCALOID albums out on the market — it is merely a question of sourcing them, and if found do the karaoke versions of the songs exist on the track listing.

      one problem with using the downloads is that you are infringing on the copyright of the NICO NICO DOUGA artist who produced the track, as well as infringing on CRYPTON/INTERNET and YAMAHA’s rights to public broadcast.

      there are ways of sourcing the track legally from the composers and the companies who own the rights to the software and the voicepacks, but it will be very expensive — to the tune of thousands of dollars.

      my suggestion? give up on vocaloid, and stick to a track by an actual japanese artist instead 😦 sorry — but that’s the way it is.


  18. Dindo says:

    ^_^ thanks guys.. Phil-Jap GO! GO! GO! bestfriend!


  19. Sig says:

    Thanks, Ms. Rochelle for your answering some queries on our behalf. We hope that some groups from Ongaku Society will be able to join the contest this year.


  20. tochi says:

    sana po ma extend yung deadline..like June 20 to 23..hehehe


  21. kimberly says:

    pwede ba kahit SOLO lng d2 sa audition na 2


    1. pwede ba kahit SOLO lng d2 sa audition na 2

      Amateur groups composed of up to five members (with the exemption of previous winners) are invited to join; these groups can be singing groups, bands, or song-and-dance groups. Soloists are now also welcome to join!

      next time, please read the post thoroughly before asking questions. thanks!


  22. dindo says:

    ok.. we read it.. kimberly missed it.. its too excited to join.. LOL πŸ™‚ sorry to make you mad.. ^__^


  23. not mad on this end — just pointing out something you guys missed~ good luck with the competition!


  24. dawn says:

    i want to join T_____T ….. again


  25. stella says:

    i’m hoping that there would be an extension in passing the demo CD~ =))) please~


  26. shun says:

    Tanong ko lang po kung ano po yung ‘kana’? yung sa lyrics po. Yun po ba yung Japanese Symbols mismo?

    Hiragana po ba o Katakana? Thanks po!


  27. shun says:

    Tanong ko lang po kung may specific Size po ba na sinabi yung sa Photo na kelangan kapag SOLOIST ka? For example, 2×2 or 1×1 only? Or any photo nlng po? Thanks po!


  28. kana is a general term for the japanese alphabet, which includes hiragana, katakana, and kanji.

    i’m not sure about the photo size as well — but as long as it isn’t too small (1×1 or 100px x 100 px) or too big (5R or 1024px x 768px) you should be fine.


  29. shun says:

    Thank you po! Kahit po hindi na Full Body yung photo? Pwede na po kaya yung 2×2?

    And, may info na po kayo if extended po kaya yung contest? thanks.


  30. John2x says:

    sana ma extend pa yung deadline for submission. :(( bukas palang ipapadala yung mail kasi province dito.lol


  31. Mika-chan says:

    oo nga. sana po maextend yung deadline. nagkaproblema kasi kami sa technical stuff. kung may paraan para makahingi ng extension, sana magawa. we are desperate. gusto talaga namin makapasok. T.T


  32. shun says:

    Tanong ko lang po kung paano o saan po nila ia-announce yung 10 contestants na pasok sa FINAL performance? Thanks!


    1. they usually send me a list, but right now the judging process is still ongoing so it will take another couple of weeks till i get anything πŸ™‚


  33. Lycan (Seigen no Ihan) says:

    At last! We been waiting for this!

    We’ve been practicing and I think we improved than last year.

    Good luck po sa mga kasali!


  34. Pauline says:

    I hope they do extend the deadline this year too! 😦


    1. sorry, everyone — i received confirmation via text message from the JICC last 21st may, that applications were closed last 20th may at 5PM on the dot. please try again next year!


  35. NoName says:

    kelan kaya lalabas yung result.. Excited at the same time nervous!! >.<


  36. kamatari says:

    i just wanna inquire..about po dun sa minus one na gagamitin. can i burn it in a cd sa mismong performance if ever? galing siya sa original album.. ^_^


    1. no, i believe you have to bring the original CD — the mere act of burning a track onto a blank CD is considered piracy and is against competition rules.


  37. NoName says:

    Hindi pa po ba lumalabas yung results ng mga finalist?


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