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You Can Now Compete In L.A.'s First Karaoke League

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For those of you who have tired of team trivia and your Monday night bowling league, L.A. now has competitive karaoke. United Karaoke, which has leagues in New York, D.C., San Francisco and Pittsburgh, is bringing their brand to L.A. under the name L.A. Karaoke. The group asks you to pair up with your most vocally-talented (or exuberant) friends and compete against other crooners for a 10-week season, competing Monday nights in Santa Monica. If you don't have any karaoke-inclined friends, you can sign up as a free agent and be paired with other singers. (Or attend tonight's launch party and meet your future teammates.)

Marketing and Communications Manager Christin Flint says Jesse Rauch founded the company three years ago in D.C. after joking around with some friends about how they should start a karaoke league. What began as just one night has now evolved into a whole season, and has spread to other cities where they're hoping to have the same success.

Flint says her D.C. league has a "go hard or go home" mentality. Her own team competed in the finals last year to a choreographed 'N Sync number while dressed as Game of Thrones characters. Costumes, props and creativity are encouraged (as long as you respect the venue and others, of course).

"It's just however creative people want to get with the particular song or theme," she said, saying interpretations range from very literal to completely unrelated.

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Starting September 8, competitions will rage weekly at TRiP in Santa Monica at 7:30 p.m. Each night has two rounds of solo performances where singers compete against members of opposing teams, and one round group performances. The last two weeks of the 10-week season are reserved for the semifinal and final competitions. Winners will receive the standard trophies and ribbons, but also prizes from sponsors.

You can scout it out tonight at L.A. Karaoke's official launch party at TRiP. You can karaoke in an attempt to score yourself a spot on a team, or scout out potential team members. You can also enter a raffle to get free registration.

L.A. Karaoke Launch Party is happening at TRiP, 2101 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica. It kicks off August 11, 7:30 - 11:30 p.m. Register and read all the rules at Fee is $55 per person.