November 2nd - 5th 2017 in Downtown Detroit
Cobo Center & Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Let the battle begin! Ten contestants with powerful voices have been chosen and will battle against each other in a contest of vocals to be the YoumaIdol! Come on in and watch these talented performers give it their all to claim victory. Show the contestants your support as you watch them battle through two grueling rounds to claim the title. Who will be the next YoumaCon Idol?
ONLINE Auditions open August 1st.
*Songs must be in Japanese (or non-English anime-related song) and less than six minutes in length. Audition songs may be in another language.
*Printed lyrics may not be used. Vulgar lyrics are not permitted.
The background music must be a karaoke version, without main vocals. You may create your own karaoke version with a vocal remover in a program like Audacity or Adobe Audition if necessary, but must be okayed by Kojika first.
*Deadline is September 25th.
*Singers may audition as duet, but will be counted as one contestant. Only up to 3 duets will be accepted into the contest, so please consider wisely.
*IMPORTANT! With your audition, please include your name, your nickname (if preferred), the song title and artist/series, AND your age. If the e-mail you send it from is not the e-mail you wish to be contacted at, please also include the desired e-mail. If you are over 18, you may put 18+ for age.
(anyone who fails to abide by contest rules is subject to disqualification)
In late September, ten entrants will be chosen to perform in the exhibition at Youmacon, as well as five runner-ups. Contestants chosen to perform at the event should have two songs prepared to sing. Audition songs may be used as an entry. Further information will be requested of contestants in the notification e-mail. You can also follow us here
At the convention, contestants must be checked in by half an hour prior to the contest. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. All contestants will perform in an initial round, then the judges will choose five finalists for a final round. The final round will determine the first, second, and third place contestants.
Limited at-con auditions will be accepted as space and time allows.
*Number of entrants and rounds subject to changed based on initial auditions"
Youmacon features scheduled gatherings for cosplayers from the same series to meet up and get photos. These gatherings will take place in the Winter Garden, located in the RenCen, as well as various other locations that will be mentioned in the program guide. Check the schedule in the back of this guide for times.
The Masquerade is a Saturday evening Main Event comprised of skit performances and craftsmanship presentation. Skits can enter for performance, craftsmanship, or both, but only those entering both categories are eligible to win Best in Show. You can also model your costume in front of an audience by entering as a walk-on for craftsmanship judging.
The Hall Cosplay contest gives cosplayers a chance to get their craftsmanship judged without the pressures of an audience. This is also a chance to get additional costumes judged. Hall cosplay is craftsmanship only, and competitors DO NOT appear on stage during the Masquerade.
All attendees who wish to enter their costume in a contest require a judging appointment. Entrants will submit a form for a craftsmanship judging time, a skit approval time, or both. You may enter either or both Friday and Saturday Hall Cosplay contests, and/or the Masquerade, provided that you have a different costume for each. Again, ONLY Masquerade entrants will appear on stage during the Masquerade.
You can sign up either at con or in advance. To allow for the maximum number of entrants, we will only be accepting Pre-Reg signups for HALF of the available spots. Online signups will close at midnight the Sunday prior to the convention, or when we reach that number. An announcement will be made if we close online signups early due to capacity.
If you chose to sign up in advance, please follow the links below to the forms for the Craftsmanship, Performance and Hall competitions. By signing up in advance, this means you will not have to sign up for a slot at con.
We will use these forms to assign judging times. A confirmation email will be sent out to each entrant with their assigned time slot. IF YOU SUBMIT AN ONLINE REGISTRATION, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO CHECK-IN WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE CONVENTION. Please report to the Cosplay Registration booth on Level 4 on Friday night during the hours listed below. Failure to check in will result in your spot being forfeit and made available for at-con signups.
Any remaining spots will be available at the convention.
There will be a sign-up table in the Cosplay Registration booth on Level 4. There you can find the required forms, as well as the list of available appointment times.
(For both HALL and MASQUERADE)
The Masquerade is held at 7PM on Saturday in the Main Events Hall. Competitors are required to report at 6PM to the Mackinac Ballroom on Level 5 for staging and prep. No spectators are allowed in Mackinac during setup.
During craftsmanship judging, our judges will evaluate the quality and accuracy of the costume(s).
Everyone will also enter in one of these skill level categories.
Categories are based on any type of previous major award, craftsmanship or presentation. Division qualifications are subject to change to ensure even award distribution. Honorable Mention awards do not count toward your skill level category.
1 to 2 people = 2 minutes
3 to 4 people = 3 minutes
5 to 8 people = 4 minutes
Groups with three or more participants are highly recommended to pre-record audio to ensure being heard by the audience and judges. Handheld microphone availability is not guaranteed.
In addition to a huge dealer's room at Cobo, epic video game and tabletop rooms, amazing special guest panels, and live events planned by our attendees, Youmacon also hosts an array of signature events each year, such as our Live Action Mario Party, Guests Against Humanity, and much, much more. Interested? Keep reading to get a taste of our special event offerings.
This classic, brought to you by Zephyr Game Shows, takes eight audience members and enters them into a single-elimination tournament where quick knowledge of anime music (and the occasional video game piece) makes or breaks your chances for big prizes. Audience members will also be eligible for prizes and Super Cool whenever the contestants get stumped like a nun in our hentai game show!
You are cordially invited for a grand evening of music and dancing. Dress in your classiest attire or a formal cosplay creation and ballroom dance for Detroit's Cornerstone Schools. Patrons are encouraged to wear masks and have the most regal Youmacon ever!
To be admitted to the ball, you must purchase a ticket for $10 (don't panic, it's for charity) or in exchange for a Platinum event ticket.
The Charity Cosplay Ball requires all attendees to wear formal outfits or formal cosplay. Clothing and cosplay of the opposite gender are permitted, as long as the attendee's appearance and behavior is formal and tasteful.
The following items exemplify what is appropriate for the ball:
The following items exemplify what is not appropriate:
If you're unsure whether your outfit follows the dress code, e-mail programming or ask the cosplay signup staff at the convention.
The Youmacon dance blows the doors off the ballroom. Bright lights, killer sound, and the musical stylings of our DJs will leave you yearning for more.
Join us to sing your favorite anime themes or other Japanese songs! Sing alone or with a group of friends to show your talent or lack thereof! Bringing your own CD is encouraged for a sure opportunity to sing the song you want.
This otaku attraction commonly seen in anime and J-dramas such as "Densha Otoko" has been brought to the States by Youmacon! Be welcomed into a cafe-style setting Friday evening of the con and be served in style by our very own maids, where you can munch on pastries and drinks with our guests.
Interested? Check out the Youmacon Maid Cafe on Facebook!
Ever wanted to meet one of Youmacon's fantastic guests face to face and have the opportunity to get their photo and autograph? This is your chance!
A maximum of four items per attendee may be signed. If you wish for more, you may return to the end of the line and have one additional item signed upon each return to the front, time permitting. Only one photograph per guest may be taken during autograph sessions. Platinum registrants must notify a guest relations staffer of their presence in the first 30 minutes of a session to be granted autograph priority.
Guests will not sign pirated/bootlegged materials. Ask guest relations staff if you are not certain whether an item is legitimate.
Do not request phone calls and voice mail recordings during autograph sessions.
Use common sense if you choose to give a gift to a guest.
Due to time constraints, the line length may be limited, and attendees near the end may not receive autographs.
Remember to expedite your time spent at the autograph table so that the line can proceed.