Carnival Cruise Spirit Entertainer...
I am very new to this scene... I just recently got hired by Landau Music to be a vocalist for the Showband and Host for the live Superstar karaoke. I have a lot of music to memorize and I wanted to know if any of you out there can give me some tips and advice on hosting the karaoke show. I really excited to have such an amazing opportunity! I just don't want to not feel like I don't know what I am doing up there. Am I suppose to provide the karaoke music? I was given a list of music but never told if I had to provide anything else. Also, if a guest requests a song but I may not know it. Do I tell them I can't perform that request? I guess I'm just afraid of letting anyone down. If anyone has past or present experience in this pppllleeaaasseee help :) I would GREATLY appreciate it! Mahalo!
The host for the Karaoke only "runs" it. There is a small band there that plays the music and there is the Karaoke machine that has the words display. So you really don't need to do much but keep track of who wants to sing and maybe suggest songs for those that want to sing but don't have a particular song in mind. That part is easy. My advice is to listen to your crowd, let them know this is your first time running the Karaoke and let them provide suggestions as to how it should be done. Many of the cruisers are past guests and will have been to other ships shows and know how the "good ones" host the shows.
I'm not sure what a vocalist for the show band does. Unless you are in one of the smaller bands that use around the ship. The main show band only plays music I have never heard anyone except for the headliner singers actually singing along with them. Maybe one of the smaller bands (which could be 2 people, as Carnival seems to like this setup) or the casino band (3 or 4 musicians that play requests at the casino area) needed a vocalist.
I wish you luck, it sounds exciting.
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