Kpop Unlocked: Showdown
A Kpop dance competition where performers tear up the stage with their best moves!
We’re not a team, this is a competition! Grab your dance crew or take the stage solo in this exciting Kpop dance event. Competitors will face off in a showdown of moves you won’t want to miss as they fight to be the best. From show stopping outfits to creative concepts and overall performance skills, you just might find a new bias to stan!
Want to show our attendees what you’ve got? Sign-ups are now open for this event and must be done in advance! Spots are limited so be sure to submit your group before these close on Saturday, September 23.
Please be sure to read all information regarding registration and rules for this event before signing up below.
SIGN-UP: 2023 sign-up is now closed. See you at the show!
SETUP: Sunday, October 15th at 2:00 PM in Main Events (Ballroom North/South)
EVENT: Sunday, October 15th at 2:30 PM in Main Events (Ballroom North/South)
- You must have purchased an entry into the convention in order to enter/present on stage for the Kpop Unlocked: Showdown.
- All entrants accepted into the Kpop Unlocked: Showdown must bring a filled out Consent and Release Form to the WasabiCon team the day of the event. Attendees who do not provide this will not be allowed to compete.
- The Kpop Unlocked: Showdown is a family-oriented event. Please keep all costumes and performances to a “PG-13″ rating i.e. no nudity or overly revealing attire.
- All songs must be appropriate and should be submitted in their “public radio edited” versions without vulgarity or obscene, indecent, and profane content.
- Once a submission has been approved and accepted it cannot be changed and must be performed as submitted. No changes will be permitted which includes the song choice, number of performers, etc.
- Spots are limited for this event, though we wish we could accept everyone! The top fifteen (15) competitors will be chosen by the WasabiCon team based on all entries submitted. Five (5) additional submissions will be placed on a standby list in the event that any of the original fifteen (15) selected are not available or do not appear at the time of the event. All remaining submissions who were not selected for either the competitor spots or for the standby spots will be notified that they will not be participating. All notifications will be sent out via email on Monday, September 25th, and in the event that a competitor fails to respond by Friday, September 29th, their spot will be forfeited. Please be sure to keep an eye on your inbox! (Note: These dates apply to submissions received before the initial deadline of September 23rd. If you are submitting during the extended sign up window then notifications will be sent out via email on Sunday, October 8th and competitors have until Monday, October 9th to respond or their spot will be forfeited.)
- If selected, competitors will need to email the song they will be performing to in an already edited MP3 format that will be provided to the show technician. Songs must be no longer than three (3) minutes in length. All songs must be received no later than Friday, October 6th. (Note: This date applies to submissions received before the initial deadline of September 23rd. Submissions received during the extended sign up window must provide their songs by Tuesday, October 10th.)
- Song mixes are permitted, however if these are not original then proof must be provided that permission was obtained to use someone else’s mix when providing the song file.
- All competitors must report to Main Events (Ballroom North/South) at 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 15th for their call time for this event. One minute per competitor will be allowed for a brief sound check with the technician, however please note that this is not intended to be used for a full rehearsal.
- Only one entry is allowed for individuals or groups. Performers are not allowed to participate in multiple submissions. (Aka “no double dipping.”)
- All weapons and props must conform with convention policies, hotel/conference center rules, and local laws concerning carrying a weapon. If there is a question of doubt, don’t bring it. You can read our event rules, including our Props Policy, online at https://jax.wasabicon.com/policies/
- For the safety of our performers, footwear of some sort must be worn at all times while participating in the Kpop Unlocked: Showdown. This is a requirement and bare feet will not be allowed on stage. Heels must be under 4 inches.
- For everyone’s safety, stunts are not allowed as part of the Kpop Unlocked: Showdown and can include (but are not limited to) jumps on/off stage, front flips, back flips, throw based stunts, etc.
- Additionally, stagecraft/sets that you are unable to quickly place and remove yourself between performances are not permitted. Smaller props are allowed so long as they similarly fit within those parameters. However, our staff may not be able to assist you with this, so plan accordingly. (For example: you would be allowed to bring something like a chair onstage for your act, but not an entire backdrop.)
- Special effects including, but not limited to, fog machines, pyrotechnics, lasers, water effects, confetti, glitter, or throwing items of any type into the audience are not permitted.
- Lighting requests cannot be accepted for the Kpop Unlocked: Showdown. Please note that the Main Events room will be fully lit throughout this event and cannot be turned off, dimmed, or coordinated to specific cues as part of your act.
- Green Mustard Entertainment, Inc. reserves the right to modify, update, or amend these rules at any time.
What to Expect
- The stage size for this event is 18’x24′.
- Competitors for this year’s Kpop Unlocked: Showdown must submit a video showcasing their performance ahead of time.
- Submissions for the Kpop Unlocked: Showdown will be open on this page until 11:59 PM EST on September 23rd. (Note: An extended sign up deadline has been added for this event that will be open on this page until 11:59 PM EST on October 7th.)
- All competitor submissions will be reviewed and the top 15 performances will be chosen to go on and compete live on the WasabiCon main stage. These competitors will be contacted via email to let them know that they have been accepted into the competition. All competitors will have until September 29th to accept their spot or it will be forfeited. (Note: If you are submitting during the extended sign up window then notifications will be sent out on Sunday, October 8th and competitors have until Monday, October 9th to respond.)
- Five (5) additional submissions will be chosen for standby spots in the event that one of the top fifteen (15) submissions is unable to compete.
- Submissions who are not selected to compete or for the standby spots will be contacted via email to let them know they will not be competing.
- All competitors must provide the song they will be performing to ahead of time and will be assigned to perform in the order that their songs are received. These should be received no later than October 6th. (Note: Submissions received during the extended sign up window must provide their songs by Tuesday, October 10th.)
- At 2:00 PM on Sunday, competitors will be asked to gather in Main Events (Ballroom North/South) for setup. Competitors will be allowed one minute each for a final sound check with the Main Events technician.
- At 2:30 PM on Sunday the Kpop Unlocked: Showdown begins. The competitors will perform live for the audience and a panel of judges, after which the judges will deliberate and choose who will win Best Group and Best Solo.
- Best Group
- Best Solo
Meet this year’s Kpop Unlocked: Showdown Judges!
A returning judge to our Kpop competition event, Nikkosplay is a Puerto Rican cosplayer who lives in Florida and has been cosplaying for over 7 years! During their career they have continuously evolved with genres ranging from anime to video games and even live action characters! While they enjoy the crafting part of cosplay, they have set their focus on modeling, entertainment, content creation, videography, and photography. Their journey has lead them to many opportunities with gaming companies, fashion brands, and even app developers!
Long time performers at WasabiCon, Noise Complaint is a tap dance theatre company that features a variety of professional dancers from Jacksonville, FL! Cast members have trained as dancers for anywhere from 9 to 36 years and they have toured nationally for over a decade. Several members in the company even have experience as back up dancers for major artists and bands, including a more recent performance in Jacksonville as back-up dancers for international Kpop star, Black On!
A newcomer to this year’s judging panel for our Kpop competition event, Pretty Little MJ is a Central Florida based cosplayer who has been dancing for most of her life. Over this time she has explored a variety of different dance styles and discovered Kpop in 2013. Since then, MJ has been dancing to her favorite Kpop artists. Over time, she has combined her love of dance, Kpop, and cosplay into a powerhouse combination of performance and talent!