The International Song Contest
“Ladies, gentlemen, and everything in between, it is finally time for this year’s annual International Song Contest!”
The world watched as the ad intruded on every channel and every social media platform there was. Interrupting everyone who had just been lazily looking at the screen before Crystal Dlamini, Hyun Young, and William Watts appeared in their flamboyant costumes.
The International Song Contest had been an annual occurrence for almost ninety years and was at this point one of the most prestigious contests you could win, guaranteeing you great success and, of course, the one million dollar cash prize. The three smiling people on the screen were good examples of where this competition could take you if you won. They had all been contestants some years ago and were now global superstars with more money than they would ever be able to spend in a lifetime.
The thought of winning was a pipe dream for most people around the world, since it was incredibly hard to even get chosen to be one of the contestants - and it was nearly impossible to win.
But somehow … you managed to become one of the lucky few contestants.
You get a free plane ticket over to Paris, where the contest is held this year, and you also get a room at one of the city’s most luxurious hotels - The Viridian. All of the other contestants will be living there as well, making you constantly aware of your competition.
At the beginning of every week, you will be given a theme. It’s then up to you to find a song that fits the theme and create your performance of the week. You have to decide what the stage will look like, your back-up dancers’ choreography, what you’ll wear - everything.
During the week, you will also be visited by journalists, talk-show hosts, fans, and so on. Then, you will be able to convey what you’re like in real life.
At the end of the week, you will perform your song in one of the world’s largest arenas, as well as the billions of people watching on their TVs. The three judges (Crystal Dlamini, Hyun Young, and William Watts) will then critique not only your singing, but also your behavior during that week, as well as your over-all image. They’re not only looking for the world’s best singer - they’re looking for the world’s next superstar that’s got it all!
The judges then pick the two contestants they feel have been the least charismatic and/or talented during that week and let the viewers at home vote on who should get thrown out of the competition. This is where your likeability comes in. The viewers are much more likely to want someone they like to stay.
Do you have what it takes to win? And what price are you willing to pay to be the world’s next superstar?
- You will write your posts in the past tense and in the third person’s perspective.
- You will not get angry if you get eliminated - it’s a risk you take if you want to be a part of this roleplay!
- Two (or more) characters can only be from the same country if they’re in the same group.
- You are not allowed to godmod journalists/talk-show hosts/fans reactions to your character.
- You are allowed to sign up as a maximum of two characters, but they have to be two different genders.
- Two characters cannot have the same voice.
- You are not allowed to make time-skips without my permission!
- Judges cannot roleplay as contestants.
- I will probably add more rules later on.
- @benitz786 - Hyun Young - South Korea - Jennie from BLACKPINK
- @cuteswede - William Watts - England - The Weeknd
- @cuteswede - Crystal Dlamini - South Africa - Beyoncé
- @CerealKiller - Eleanor Hardy - England - Halsey
- @Kbail - Pricilla Newman - Canada - Tori Kelly
- @WhiteBlossom - Mia Jansen - The Netherlands - Suzan Stortelder
- @Yomama - Noémie Lambert - Belgium- Billie Eilish
Here, you can find information about all parts of the roleplay. If you have any further questions, please ask them in the Sign-Ups!
The hotel consists of 10 floors:
1st floor: Lobby, a press conference room, and the hotel’s restaurant.
2nd floor: Cheap hotel rooms, two dance studios, and one music studio.
3rd floor: Medium priced hotel rooms.
4th floor: Expensive hotel rooms (where the contestants live).
5th floor: Expensive hotel rooms.
6th floor: Expensive hotel rooms.
7th floor: Hotel bar & dance floor.
8th floor: Expensive hotel rooms.
9th floor: The most expensive hotel suites (where the judges live).
10th floor: Rooftop pool & bar.
The Characters’ Rooms
Each contestant gets a luxurious room in The Viridian, and each judge gets one of the hotel’s suites. They include a king-sized bed, a walk-in closet, and an ensuite bathroom. All the contestants’ rooms are on the 4th floor and the judges’ suites are on the 9th floor.
Your Character’s Free Time
When your characters aren’t rehearsing, getting interviewed, or preforming - they’re free to do whatever they want! Get to know your competitors and the judges, explore Paris! Just make sure to be back at the hotel by midnight (which is everyone’s curfew)!
At the start of each week, a theme will be announced. The contestants then have to find a song that fits this theme and rehearse it. But how?
There are four different places the contestants can rehearse their songs. The two dance studios, the music studio and the contestant’s hotel room, if the three first places are occupied. In these places, the contestant gathers the people necessary for perfecting the performance and informs them of how they want it to be.
For example, if you’re planning on singing a ballad, you might only need a music producer to help you record backing vocals and a stage technician to help you plan what the stage will look like during your performance. But if you’re singing an upbeat song, you would need a few dancers as well as a music producer and stage technician.
The contestants have to share the studios and make sure their time in them is divided equally. This, however, can prove to be tricky and might lead to some drama.
When writing the “scenes” where your characters are rehearsing, you can just write a short summary of what happens during the rehearsal (simplified example: "Y/N taught the dancers a slow modern dance and decided that the background would be a video of a tree shedding its leaves). And then move on with the character’s day. You need to make sure that your character rehearses at least twice during the week, or they will be seen as underprepared and not perform as well.
When it’s time for the press conferences, all the contestants will gather in the press conference room on the first floor of the hotel and sit down at a long table, facing an audience of cameramen, fans and reporters. The judges will also sit in the audience, making sure to pay attention to their behaviors.
Leah Jones, Susan Wainwright, and Paul Rottenberg will all be present and will ask the contestants an array of questions. Their answers don’t need to be truthful, as long as they leave a lasting impression since that is what affects the character’s place in the competition. I would advise you to give them some “spicy” answers sometimes, no one likes a boring Mary-Sue!
These work similarly to the press conferences, since they’re all about the reporters, the judges, and the fans getting a better understanding of what the contestants are like as people.
A contestant will get called to a place where they will sit down with either Leah, Susan, or Paul and in some cases a cameraman, too. The contestant will then get asked questions that they are then supposed to answer as authentically as possible.
People’s Opinions of the Contestants
After each interview and/or press conference, an SG-post will be made where Leah, Susan, or Paul evaluates their opinions on the contestants. Since their fans like different things, it will take different qualities in each contestant to please them. For example, someone Paul Rottenberg and his fans likes, might not be as popular with Leah Jones and her fans.
The Judges Relationships with the Contestants
The judges are supposed to make their way around the hotel, making sure to examine every contestants’ growth as both a performer and a person. Their views on this will then determine whether or not a contestant ends up in the bottom two who risk elimination.
Judges are, for the most part, impartial and are not allowed to interfere with the way a contestant is doing in the competition. However, they are allowed to push them in the “right” direction (provided that they try to help every contestant, and not just one). They can do this by for example advising someone to be a bit more “real” in their interviews, or to dress in a certain way that might be more popular with their target audience.
Romantic relationships between judges and contestants are officially forbidden, (since that would mean that the contestants would be treated unfairly) but it has occurred in the past.
Every Saturday night, the contestants and the judges are picked up in a limousine and taken to the TISC Arena in Paris (one of the largest in the world). And every Saturday night, everything happens in this order:
- The contestants and judges are immediately put in hair, makeup, and costumes.
- They are given some free time to do whatever they want while thousands of fans fill the arena. However, they are not allowed to leave the building.
- The cameras turn on, and the three judges welcome the audience, as well as the fans watching at home, to the show in an SG-post.
- The order in which the characters will perform is presented.
- The contestants then perform one by one, while the others wait in the green room.
- Once all the performances are over, the judges give their final opinions on how everyone has performed during the week in an SG-post. They also reveal which two contestants are in the bottom in this same post.
- A poll is made in the sign-ups thread where anyone can vote anonymously on who they think should stay in the competition.
- The polls stay up for 24 hours (only about two hours in the RP). While they wait for the results, the characters are free to do whatever they want.
- When the polls have reached a result, this is then announced, and the character who has gotten eliminated is given a choice between staying as a background singer to the contestants who are still in the competition, or to leave the contest (and the RP) forever.
- The contestants are taken back to the hotel.
Having trouble writing about your character’s performance? Try to answer these questions while writing your post!:
What are the dancers doing (if there are any)? You can try to explain the movements of an already existing choreography, or simply post a link to it if you find it too hard to describe. Example: “The dancers waved their hands around gracefully while leaping around”.
What is your character singing, and what do the lyrics mean to them? Example: " “I thought I saw a man brought to life” Y/N sang, and thought about the many times men had lied to her in the past". You don’t need to post the entire song, of course, just the parts you think are important!
How do the things that have happened to your character during the week affect their performance? Example: “The mean things Paul Rottenberg had written about her had made Y/N very unsure of herself. It made her singing much more pitchy than it usually was”.
What does the stage look like? If you find this too difficult to describe, you can just post a link to what you think it would look like, like I showed you with the dancers. Example: “The stage was lit up by yellow spotlights and the screen showed close-ups of her face”.
What happens if your character gets eliminated?
If your character gets voted out of the competition - don’t fret! You can still stay in the RP. Like I said before, your character will be given a choice between becoming a back-up singer for the remaining contestants, or to just leave.
If you choose to stay as a back-up singer, you are moved to one of the cheap hotel rooms on the 2nd floor of the Viridian. There, you only get a twin-bed and have to share a bathroom with the entire floor. You also have to share the room with other eliminated contestants who choose to become back-up singers.
Even though this might seem like a sad place to end up, being a back-up singer has its perks! The rules you had to follow as a normal contestant don’t apply to you anymore. You’re allowed to date a judge if you feel like it, and you could also … sabotage your former competitors’ performances. Just try to make sure you don’t get caught! It might not be against the rules, but it is very much frowned upon by the audience!