This past weekend I had the pleasure of being a judge at the G33K3 con Cosplay Lip Sync Contest. It was a great opportunity to see cosplayers in a whole new light.
Typically seeing a cosplayer fully embrace their character is a treat only seen during a cosplay contest, but G33k3 con gave cosplaying a whole new look with the lip sync contest. Over ten competitors entered and gave their best shot at winning the $50 cash prize.
Judging was a lot harder than I thought. With so many strong competitors it was really hard to only choose one. Some of the attributes I looked at to choose the winner were:
- Knowing the lyrics. I know this seems obvious but if someone doesn’t know all of the lyrics it makes it difficult to believe that they really know the song.
- Personality and crowd interaction. This is a big deal! In any sort of performance when someone is dealing with a live audience, it’s important to interact with them.
- Cosplay. I definitely looked at the accuracy and technique put into a cosplay and how it related to the song. Someone may know all the lyrics, but if you’re competing in a cosplay contest of any kind, costume is a large factor.
Keeping these factors in mind I was able to make a decision, even though it was very difficult! It was so much fun watching everyone compete and it makes me want to do it one day, too. I hope other conventions will join in with this fun idea, I think it would be a great idea for late night panels and activities.