— Greetings potential Idols! Ever dream about being a real life idol? This year, you can be one! Anime Los Angeles Idol is making its return! From dancing to singing, comedy, voice acting – anything and everything in between- we want you!! The winner will be the headlining act of the Masquerade and will win a 4 pack of badges to ALA 2019, along with other amazing prizes, and there will even be a special half time performance by DEM POP and first ALA Idol Winnerv for the final round!
Featuring Special judges:
Voice Actress- Danielle McRae
Professional Dancer-Alley Vega
Lead Singer of Candy Bomber- Mari Paprika
Cosplayer- SpacePizza Cosplay
Hosted by the one and only, Andrew Alandy
ALA Idol Sign Ups will be available online and at the convention center this year. As a friendly reminder- spots are limited!
*Copies of the rules and entry forms will be available during signups.
**Signups will take place at the check in table located outside of ballroom A (Demo room/dances), first level of the Convention Center
Thursday, January 25th, 3:00 pm-9:00 pm
Friday, January 26th, 8:00 am-10:00 am
As we anticipate a high number of contestants, make sure you sign up early!!!
The Audition Round will take place on Friday, January 26th, in Ballroom C (Interactive Programming) from 11:00 am-1:00 pm
** All contestants must report to Ballroom C by 10 am, Friday, January 26th to check in, or you may be dropped.
*We ask that all contestants stay for the duration of the audition round, as judges will be announcing their selections for the finals at the end.
**ALL PARTICIPANTS THAT ARE SELECTED FOR THE FINALS MUST MAKE THE MANDATORY FINALIST MEETING from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm, Friday, January 26th, in Live Programming 5 (Lecture Hall)
Anime Los Angeles Idol Finals, will take place on Saturday, January 27th, From 10:00 am-11:30 am, in Main Events
Finalist check in will be at 9:00 am, Saturday, January 27th, in Main Events
– The winning participant will check in with the masquerade director for tech rehearsal following the conclusion of the final round, so make sure that you don’t run off right away!
1st and 2nd runner ups will receive some awesome prizes, front row seats to the masquerade, and an honorable mention during the half time show
Disclaimer: If you violate any of these rules, you will be disqualified and dropped from the competition.
All contestants must be members of Anime Los Angeles.
All entries must turn in their paperwork, music, and documentation to the ALA Idol Department by Friday, January 26th, 10:00am
Groups may have up to 8 members, including both presenters and ninjas. Larger groups may be allowed on a case-by-case basis at the Director’s discretion, but this number has been chosen to reduce crowding backstage.
Skits and presentations focused on cosplay are prohibited – this is a talent show, not a masquerade.
The following acts are permitted:
Musical acts (solo, duets, group acts, bands,
Dance acts (solo and group acts)
Stunt/Martial arts (solo, groups/teams)
Variety- (this can be anything from juggling to acrobatics)
All entries are granted 90 seconds on stage for the audition round. Any act that makes it to the final round, may have up to 4 minutes on stage.
All participants must have two routines prepared: a short routine/act for the audition round, and a longer one for the finals
The standard PG rule applies for both costume and content, as this is a family-friendly competition. No costume is “no costume.” The director reserves the right to screen entries for content, and inappropriate material will be grounds for rejection or disqualification.
As this is an idol contest, we ask that all participants follow the theme- we welcome anything from idol based- anime, manga, music, culture, costumes, etc.
Each presenter may only appear on stage in a single entry. One body, one presentation.
No live animals are allowed on stage or in the backstage area exception for:
No materials or effects that will leave a mess on stage are allowed (this includes glitter, confetti, streamers, silly string, etc)
No pyrotechnics or any other sorts of open flame are allowed.
Checking in for the Audition round is required, check in will take place at 10:00am, Friday, January 26 in the Interactive Programming room (Ballroom C) Contestants not present at check in will be dropped from the competition.
Any contestant that advances to the finals round is required to attend the finalist meeting Friday, January 26th, 7pm-8pm in Live Programming 5 (Lecture Hall)– all finalists must be present at check-in for the final round 9:00am, Saturday, January 27th, in Main Events – any finalist not present at check in will be dropped from the competition.
For audio tracks, we accept CDs and audio files (audio files are preferred). If you are providing an audio file, please include the name of your contact person and entry name in the filename. This works best if the file is provided via a USB storage device (thumb drive). For CDs, the “5-copy” rule is a good guideline. Terrible things can happen to discs; make a master and 4 copies. Pack them in separate bags. We’ve seen too many people lose their only copy of their audio. We are not able to play or rip music off portable MP3 players, such as iPods. All music must be turned in Friday by 10am, when registration closes.
If you’re going to have large props or plan to pre-set or leave things on stage, you should bring your own ninjas to get them on and off stage. We will have a limited number of ninjas available to pick up things that are accidentally dropped, as well as to assist contestants up and down the stage stairs.
There will be no access to power on stage. Extension cords all over the stage aren’t safe!
The default lighting cue is: lights go up, The Host will introduce you and you come on at stage left, you perform – upon the conclusion of your performance, the judges will have some comments for you, then you leave stage right. While we can make variations on this setup, we are not able to provide complex lighting schemes. If you desire anything other than default lighting or music cues, discuss it when you check in and we’ll do our best to accommodate your requests
During the contestant check in, there will be an opportunity to do a quick tech run through- we ask the contestants make sure they have their cues, – we will not allow anyone to ‘hold up’ the stage, as there is a limited amount of time before the audition round to set everything up.
Danielle McRae is a voice over actress residing in Los Angeles, California. Being a huge fan of video games and anime. Her passion has led her to pursue a voice acting career in the industry. Some of her most notable credits have been in (League of Legends) as “Karma the Enlightened One”, (World of Warcraft: Cataclysm) as “Hagara the Stormbinder”, and “Painwheel” in the Popular 2D fighting game, (Skullgirls Encore).
She’s also been in anime such as (Sword Art Online), (Gargantia: On the Verderous Planet) as “Onderia” and (Magi: The Kingdom of Magic) as “Orba”.
Danielle has also earned several other roles in many other video games including “Threia Hazelgrimm” in (Atelier Escha & Logy), “S-Sha” in (Megadimension Neptunia VII), “Cheetah” in (Cyberdimension Neptunia), “Rosemary Reed” in (Remothered: Tormented Fathers), “Rift Arachna” in (Heroes of Newerth), “New Conglomerate solider” in (Planetside 2), “Sidel” in (Dragon Nest), “Captain Arley Sims” and “the Adjutant” in (Starcraft Universe), “Wing Diver Unit” in (Earth Defense Force 2025), “Rogue” in (Nuclear Throne), “Commander” in (Warfare Online), “Zorin Blitz” in TeamFourStar’s (Hellsing Ultimate Abridged), “Female Keeper” in (Enderal: The Shards of Order), “Rami the Repossession Monk” in (Banzai Arcade) and Isys in “(Dead Island: Epidemic) and much more”.
Ally started dancing at age 14 when she joined her dance drill team in junior high. After graduating from Cal State Long Beach with her B.A. in Communication studies, she decided to pursue dance as a career. She immersed herself in the urban dance and commercial choreography scenes around LA and eventually found her love for femme movement – waacking and vogue.
Ally then became faculty at a dance studio called Boogiezone Utopia in Torrance, CA where she created a J-Pop & K-Pop dance class. Through this class, she was able to share her love of urban dance with her appreciation for Asian pop culture. Because of this platform, she was then able to become an online dance instructor for Hip Shake Fitness and create an online dance fitness class called K-Pop Dance Party.
Ally is also heavily involved in the Japanese anime community. She was the head choreographer for Anime Expo’s Maid Cafe from 2013-2017 where she collaborated with the idols of Maidreamin, performed and choreographed for the burlesque show MYTH, and has performed, choreographed, and directed pieces at Anime Los Angeles, San Diego Comic Con, Anime Impulse, and more. In addition to her dance credits, she is also the founder and executive director of Woke Weebs, a community organization that connects anime fans, community leaders, and industry professionals together to cultivate inclusive spaces for progressive dialogue in the anime and pop culture industry.
Ally currently heads the dance department at Collegiate Charter High School in East LA. You can also find Ally teaching at Elements Dance Space in Pasadena, and showcasing her choreographic work at various community and industry events around the Southern California area.
Being a rabid anime fan from an early age it was only a matter of time before SpacePizza got sucked into the world of cosplay. Attending her first Anime Convention in 2000, she left with cosplay plans for the next year! Since then cosplay has offered her many opportunities and she has gone on to become a multi-award winning, Internationally known Cosplayer. She has participated in and been on staff for masquerade competitions, judged several events, was a Crunchyroll Ambassador, and is known as Rooster Teeth’s Official Yang from RWBY (at SDCC). She is currently obsessed with corgis. SpacePizza Cosplay is excited to be returning to Anime Los Angeles to share her passion for cosplay with you all!
Paprika Mari is a Southern California singer, dancer and cosplayer that is well known in the anime scene as a rocking anisong utahime! Combining a mix of cosplay with stunning vocals, the frontwoman for the J-Rock band Candy Bomber is just as recognized as a solo J-Pop idol, having performed at numerous conventions and venues. Her most recent project, Idol Academy, has her as an vocal instructor seeking to lead aspiring students down the same path of idol-hood!
DEM POP is a local idol unit made up of two girls, Angie and Tiffany, who love Japanese pop music, especially idols! They have performed together and apart in various conventions and events over the years, including Japan Expo USA, AODCon, FanimeCon, NorCal Cherry Blossom Festival, SF Anime & Cosplay Festival, Ronin Expo, as well as many others! As a soloist Tiffany was the winner of the first ever Vocaloid Dance Contest at San Francisco’s J-POP Summit in 2011 and was a winner again in 2016! These two talented girls have come together to bring everyone at Anime Los Angeles a one-of-a-kind performance full of an energy that is sure to bring you to your feet and get you cheering along!