In a typical show, between 50 and 60 songs (4 hour show) is pretty normal. I have very little time between songs in order to accomplish this. The next two or three songs are already in the machine(s) ready to go before the person singing finishes... as they are completing their song, I'm already calling up the next person, and as soon as they hit the "stage", their song is running... This number averages to 15 songs per hour max, which is an average of about 4 minutes per song... That is generally the case with most songs, some under, some over... This also assumes that there are no dance songs or any other distractions from the karaoke along the way. This will mean that if there are 15 singers or more in the rotation, there will be about an hour or more between singers... fewer singers, less time between...
Posts: 575 | From: West Hartford, CT USA | Registered: Apr 2000
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I keep track of all singers by rounds. It is easy to do. I can tell exactly how many singers we had,and how many actually sang for any given round.
By doing this I can also tell how many songs per hour I am averaging. (Take the number of singers who have sung and mutiply x 4 minutes per turn over, compare to the time passed to make sure the numbers match or are close.)
I average 14 to 15 singers an hour, and on a very rare occasion 13 singers an hour (4 minutes an hour = 15 singers optimum speed).
Sometimes I run a little over time by around 30 minutes, or occasionally more. If you have waited for the long rounds I have, when I have a round to finish and you are towards the bottom, I WILL finish the whole round. YOU will sing in your turn on that round.
I usually know when it is time in the later part of the show to cut adding new singers so people who have stayed with me can sing one last round, and it will not keep me there til 2 AM an hour over.
63 to 75 songs at most if I end up finishing a round where everyone stayed for their last song in the last round. This doesn't count shows I do that pay and keep me over an hour or two.
So on average turn over time from one singer to the next is 4 to 4.25 minutes. Most songs are around 3 to 3.5 minutes long on average, some longer some shorter. They all average out over the length show.
To cut down that extra minute and a half you are losing that should go into singing time, call the next two on deck singers or if they are not ready to go when called go on then go back one time after they missed the first call. It is costing the KJ you are helping, 10 people a chance to sing a song by taking soooo long to turn your rotation over. That is the loss over 1/2 a rotation for my singers.
Most KJ's turn them and burn them at the same speed I have mentioned for my shows. Good topic, hope to read more.
I figure about 14 songs an hour average. That's 56 songs a night (4 hours). At the end of the evening I inform people when I am no longer taking request that will for sure (if They are there) get them up, and ask if they want to go on stand-by. I miscalculated one night because a lot of very long songs I was not familiar with were done, and had to run til almost 2am (usually 1:40).
I don't remember how long I ran, but I do recall counting a night I had 72 songs sung (must have been 5 hours). I don't know if that included songs I sang or if I sang more than once.
Total song count from 2 nights, 3.5 hours each: (just counting the slips): 106. That's 15 songs an hour. That's about the average.
Posts: 123 | From: Ocean County, NJ, USA | Registered: Jun 2000
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I agree, 15 songs is a good average. At least that's what I figure on when counting slips for the last round, 4 minutes per song. If it's an older crowd and they're singing the 50's and early 60's stuff, figure 3 minutes per performer....the songs were shorter!
Posts: 74 | From: Orlando, Florida | Registered: Apr 1999
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