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Do you have a go-to karaoke song? Here are a few tips on finding one.

Courtesy of 8.2.0 Pizzeria & Bar
Greg Olsen sings karaoke at 8.2.0 Pizzeria & Bar.
Courtesy of 8.2.0 Pizzeria & Bar Greg Olsen sings karaoke at 8.2.0 Pizzeria & Bar.

If you don’t have your favorite karaoke song picked out just yet, don’t take it too seriously. Sure, your go-to song can probably reveal a lot about you, so try plenty of them out before you find the one — that one that makes you feel way better than you actually sound when performing.

When some Carolina Panthers stopped by 8.2.0 Pizzeria & Bar, Cam Newton performed Usher’s “Let it Burn,” while Greg Olsen opted for a selection from 8 Mile. Which performance sounds more entertaining? You be the judge.

Gabrielle Union sang “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child during a tribute party for husband Dwayne Wade during NBA All-Star Weekend. That performance may take the gold.

The 8.2.0 karaoke lounge is conveniently separated from the remainder of the bar by soundproof walls. The lounge boasts a catalog of just about any song you could possibly want to perform. It also possesses high-tech audio equipment, ensuring guests that their performance soundwill be optimal.  

Picking a song

Courtesy of 8.2.0 Pizzeria & Bar<br>Cam Newton takes the stage to sing at 8.2.0 Pizzeria & Bar.

Depending on your performance goals, research for that perfect song. Start by picking songs that you know most of the words to. You don’t want to be unable to keep up with the words scrolling along the screen. Next, make sure you know the overall vocal points in the song and the difficult parts.

Pro tip: Disregard this advice if you’re really trying to entertain the crowd, and sacrifice your vocal dignity.

Tips to keep crowd boredom at bay

Don’t pick the song that’s overdone at every karaoke lounge, a song that is too long or a song that is incredibly slow. You want a little rhythm in there, so people don’t fall asleep.

For reference, 8.2.0’s karaoke lounge most requested songs are: “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston, “No Scrubs” by TLC, “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks, “Drunk in Love” by Beyonce and “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. 

These songs may be familiar to essentially everyone, but we have all been in a room where the crowd ate these up. Perform whatever you want. There are no losers in karaoke; there are only performers with too much shame, and performers having too much fun to waste their time on any shame.