not a KJ (karaoke jockey), but I am a karaoke enthusiast who has been
singing for about 17 years. Along with singing at karaoke shows over
the years, I also enjoy reading online karaoke discussion forums.
discussion forums include a variety of topics, for example, running a fair rotation, dance music played between singers, or what the most
popular songs heard at their karaoke shows. Recently, I was reading opinions
from both KJ hosts and singers on how they feel about the KJ singing at their own show.
The discussion included how often they
should sing, or if they should sing in every rotation.
KJs feel that they're entitled to sing at their own shows though
many don't approve of KJs taking more turns at singing than their
singers. They think it's unprofessional for the KJ to hog the
mic. Other KJs stated that they'd rather let their singers do the
entertaining and prefer to sing on their night off from hosting.
Then there are some KJs who won't sing at all at their own shows
because the rotation is too long, or they drop out of rotation after
a certain amount of singers are signed up. On a slow night, some
KJs are instructed by the bar owner or employer to keep singing, thereby, entertaining patrons in the bar or venue. However, most
choose to play "filler" music. Filler music or dance music is
music from original recording artists played between singers.
singers feel that it is okay for the KJ to sing in the rotation in
turn with the other singers, as long as the KJ doesn't sing more than
once in rotation. Other singers feel that once the rotation has a
certain amount of singers signed up, or the rotation is too long, the
KJ should drop out. Most agreed that waiting to sing for over an
hour is considered a long rotation. Some singers feel that waiting 30
minutes is too long. Of course, there are a few singers that feel
that KJs should not sing at all at their own shows because singers want
to sing as much as possible. Some also feel that if the KJ is an
exceptional singer, it may discourage the mediocre singer to try
karaoke, perhaps for their very first time.
It's not unusual for opinions on karaoke to differ, however, this
particular topic met without much debate or arguing. Fair rotation and dance
music between singers are much more controversial subjects. I may
write about them later.
singing karaoke, I also make handmade jewelry. My specialty is music
themed jewelry including microphone charm jewelry. I sell
microphone earrings, necklaces, brooches and clip-on zipper pulls. My
microphone jewelry is perfect for the karaoke enthusiast! See
section, "Musical Instruments, etc." at