Official Rules

The Amateur Singing Contest with John Santos 2008/2009, hereby referred to as The ASCJS 08/09, is open to contestants age 10 and above.

Contestants who have professionally recorded a complete solo album are not eligible to take part in The ASCJS 08/09. Should it be discovered that a finalist has professionally recorded a solo album in the past, the finalist must reimburse The ASCJS 08/09 the full cost of the recording and/or return any prize collected.


Two Competing Categories

Contestants between the ages of 10 and 15 at the time of registration will be placed in the Juvenile category.

Contestants age 16 and older will be placed in the Adult category.



By entering, you (and your parents/legal guardians if you are a minor) agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of The ASCJS 08/09 committee, which are final and binding in all respects.

To enter The ASCJS 08/09, complete the registration form by filling out your full name, complete home address (including postal code), home telephone number (including area code), date of birth, gender, e-mail address, and any other requested fields.

The ASCJS ‘08/’09 committee reserves the right to increase or decrease the maximum number of entries permitted in to the Contest. Any such increase/decrease will be announced, in a manner deemed appropriate by The ASCJS 08/09 Committee in which case the increase/decrease will become effective immediately. The Singing Contest 08/09 committee shall, however, be under no obligation to make any such increase/decrease.

The Singing Contest committee reserves the right to change any qualifying dates, and will notify contestants of any date changes as soon as possible.

A maximum number of 20 contestants will participate in the qualifying rounds. Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list. At the end of each month, 4 contestants will move to the final qualifying round thereby providing an opportunity for 4 new contestants from the waiting list to participate. In the event that there are more than 4 people on the waiting list, the current contestants with the lowest voting score, will be asked to give their position to a new contestant and will be placed on the waiting list.


Contestants will be notified of any changes in the schedule at least one week prior to the qualifying round. Contestants are required to be on time the day of the qualifying round.

The start of the voting process is tentatively set within the time period of the monthly contest. Voting will be conducted under the supervision of The ASCJS 08/09 Committee. At the end of the each voting period, the winners will be announced.

Counting of the voting ballots will be witnessed by randomly selected members of the voting audience.

Two types of voting periods will occur to determine which contestants will advance.


  1. The Qualification vote period
All Qualifying rounds will be determined by the audience and a panel of judges. The contestants will perform in front of the audience & panel of judges. Each member of the audience & panel of judges will select two contestants from each category. The combined audience vote and the combined judges vote will each account for 50% of the final vote. At the end of the voting period, contestants from each competing category
(i.e. juvenile, adult) who have received the majority of votes will be declared the Qualifying winners. Qualifying winners will advance to the final qualifying round on March 7, 2009.
__2. The Final Qualifying round, March 7, 2009

There will be a final qualification round on March 7, 2009 in which 10 finalists will be chosen to move on to the final round on April 18, 2009.

The voting process for the final qualifying round will be the same as the qualifying voting process illustrated above.



Judges will be selected by The Amateur Singing Contest committee. Judges selected will have some type of professional music experience. Parents and the immediate family or members of the households of such contestants, including qualifying & final round winners, are not eligible to be judges.


General Conditions
  • If a contestant is found to be not in compliance with these Official Rules or otherwise ineligible, it may result in their disqualification and an alternate winner selected.
  • Contestants cannot compete with the same song two months in a row.
  • Attendance at “Rehearsal Wednesdays” is mandatory.
  • If we are not informed of your absence prior to a practice, you may be disqualified or may only compete depending on the future availability of positions in the contest.
  • Where permitted by law, contestants and in the case of minors, their parents and/or legal guardians grant (both on behalf of themselves and winner) to The ASCJS 08/09 and those acting pursuant to its direction or control, (and agree to confirm such grant in writing upon request), the right to print, publish,
    broadcast and use, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter developed, including but not limited to the world wide web, at any time or times, the contestant's and parents and/or guardian’s name, portrait, picture, video, voice, likeness and biographical information as news or information and for
    advertising, trade and promotional purposes without additional consideration and without notification, review or approval.
  • Contestants that have qualified shall sign a commitment form to continue in the competition.
  • The song that the contestant qualified with shall be recorded and be part of a professionally mastered CD. Recording rights of the CD belong to The ASCJS 08/09.
  • The album shall tentatively be released in April 2009 at The ASCJS 08/09 final.


  • The ASCJS 08/09 committee reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; to be acting in violation of the Official Rules; to be acting in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. Any contestant disqualified from The ASCJS 08/09 may be banned from joining The ASCJS in the future.

If for any reason this Contest is not capable of running as planned due to unauthorized intervention, fraud, or any other causes which, in the sole opinion of The ASCJS 08/09 committee, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, The ASCJS 08/09 committee reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest indefinitely.


Tentative Schedule

Benfica House of Toronto - 1278 St. Clair Ave. W.
Rehearsal Wednesdays: Sept. 10, 17 & 24 and Oct. 1, 8, 15 & 22 at 7 pm
Qualifying round: Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 7 pm


Casa Da Madeira - 1621 Dupont St.
Rehearsal Wednesdays: Nov. 5, 12 & 19 at 7 pm
Qualifying round: Wednesday, Nov. 26

Oriental Sports Club Inc. - 1054 Shellard Rd., Cambridge, ON
Rehearsal Wednesdays: Dec. 3, 10 & 17
Qualifying round: Saturday, Dec. 27

Arsenal Do Minho Of Toronto - 1166 Dundas St. W.
Rehearsal Wednesdays: Jan. 7, 14 & 21
Qualifying round: Wednesday, Jan. 28

Casa Dos Açores Do Ontario - 1136 College St.
Rehearsal Wednesdays: Feb. 4, 11 & 18 at 7 pm
Qualifying round: Wednesday, Feb. 25

Casa Da Madeira - 1621 Dupont St.
The Final Qualifying round - Saturday, March 7

Casa Da Madeira - 1621 Dupont St.
The Grand Finale - Saturday, April 18