Official Rules

The Amateur Singing Contest with John Santos 2009/2010, hereby referred to as The ASCJS 09/10, is open to contestants age 10 and above. (Special consideration may be given to children under 10 who demonstrate exceptional ability combined with the level of maturity deemed necessary to compete in this contest.)

Contestants who have professionally recorded a complete solo album are not eligible to take part in The ASCJS 09/10. Should it be discovered that a finalist has professionally recorded a solo album in the past, the finalist must reimburse The ASCJS 09/10 the full cost of the recording/s 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 09/10 committee, which are final and binding in all respects.
To enter The ASCJS 09/10, 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 09/10 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 09/10 Committee in which case the increase/decrease will become effective immediately. The ASCJS 09/10 committee shall, however, be under no obligation to make any such increase/ decrease.

The ASCJS 09/10 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 based upon their date of registration. At the end of each month, 4 contestants (in general, 2 Adults & 2 Juveniles) will move to the final qualifying round (semi-finals) 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 contestants who receive the lowest voting scores in the month, will be moved to the waiting list and the new contestants from the waiting list will participate in the next month’s qualifying round.


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 09/10 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 Qualifying 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 rounds or Semi-finals on March 6 & 13, 2010.
__2. The Final Qualifying rounds (Semi-Finals), March 6 & 13, 2010

There will be 2 semi-final rounds round on March 6 & 13, 2010 in which 10 finalists will be chosen to move on to the Final on April 17, 2009. The voting process for the semi-finals 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.
  • Throughout the contest, contestants may receive CDs containing the recordings of the song/s they will be competing with. These recordings are to be used strictly for the purpose of practising. Anyone who uses them for public performance will face prosecution.
  • Contestants cannot compete with the same song two months in a row.Attendance at “Rehearsal Wednesdays” is mandatory unless illness or other circumstances beyond your control keep you from attending.
  • If John Santos is 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. Only a phone call to 416-453-5646 will be considered acceptable.
  • 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 09/10 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 qualifies to the final with shall be recorded and be part of a professionally mastered CD. Recording rights of the CD belong to The ASCJS 09/10.
  • The album shall tentatively be released in April 2010 at The ASCJS 09/10 final.


  • The ASCJS strives to be a positive experience with each contestant respected for and encouraged to develop their own unique talent.The ASCJS 09/10 committee reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual if it finds them or their parent/guardian 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, intimidate, insult or harass any other person. Any contestant disqualified from The ASCJS 09/10 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 09/10 committee, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, The ASCJS 09/10 committee reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest indefinitely.



From time to time, John Santos may be in a position to offer some contestants the opportunity to perform in venues outside of the contest. This can provide the contestants with invaluable stage experience. Should a contestant be asked and accept to perform beyond the normal boundaries of the contest, they must allow John Santos to take a managerial position (free of charge) with their careers, in that he must be
informed and consulted about any and all singing appearances which they are offered or would like to participate in. Should there come a time that they no longer wish to adhere to the management terms, John Santos will no longer seek to provide them with venues outside of the contest but they will remain welcome in the contest itself.


Tentative Schedule

Sporting Clube Lusitania
, 103 Ossington Ave.
Registration Tuesdays - Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 from 6-9pm
Rehearsal Wednesdays - Oct. 7, 14 & 21 at 7pm
1st Qualifying Round - Wed., Oct. 28

Casa do Alentejo
, 1130 Dupont St.
Rehearsal Wednesdays - Nov. 4, 11 & 18 at 7pm
2nd Qualifying Round - Wed., Nov. 25

Casa dos Açores Do Ontario
, 1136 College St.
Rehearsal Wednesdays - Dec. 2, 9 & 16 at 7pm
3rd Qualifying Round - Wed., Dec. 23

Casa das Beiras
, 34 Caledonia Rd.
Rehearsal Wednesday - Jan. 6, 13 & 20 at 7pm
4th Qualifying Round - Wed., Jan. 27

Benfica House of Toronto
, 1278 St. Clair Ave. W.
Rehearsal Wednesdays - Feb. 3, 10 & 17 at 7pm
5th Qualifying Round - Wed., Feb. 24

Casa da Madeira
, 1621 Dupont St.
Semi-Finals - Saturday, March 6 & Saturday, March 13

Casa da Madeira

The Final - Saturday, April 17, 2010