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Win 'Karaoke Revolution: American Idol' Video Game

Exclusive Magazine is currently assisting Konami to publicize their 'Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol' video game("KR")

As American Idol recently had auditions and casting for their show and it is all over the press, this game provides a unique angle to extend the discussions on American Idol which users across the US are still talking about.

This game is for the Playstation 2 and mingles the national passion for American Idol (a show averaging more than 31 million viewers per episode) with a mix of modern and classic karaoke hits, lending a thrilling and competitive new edge to a classic pastime. Play with friends, or go solo to earn your title of "American Idol."

'Karaoke Revolution: American Idol' lets you sing and perform using a USB headset/microphone as you compete through a fully recreated virtual season of the #1 TV show in America. Play the part of an American Idol contestant as you audition, earn an invitation to Hollywood, and ultimately perform on center stage at the finale. As you progress through the game your popularity with the crowd and comments from Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, both positive and sometimes outrageously negative, will affect whether or not you move on to the next round of competition.

Will you impress the American Idol judges?

The actual American Idol stage is available for performances.

Duets are back and are just as challenging.

Will the audience like you more than the judges?

40 songs from the hit show are available to choose from.

Karaoke, idol style! Konami's latest foray into the culture of Karaoke mixes the fun of the typical sing-alongs with the star power of the hit TV show American Idol. Design an Idol contestant from scratch or use a photo of yourself (taken with the USB EyeToy Camera, USB Camera not included). Pick out your accessories and clothing but pick wisely- those sensitive-eared Idol judges will be watching and listening, as well as the vast audience who will be voting on your performance.

As in previous games in the Karaoke Revolution series, players sing into a USB microphone or headset while their selected song plays sans vocals. While a headset is not included with this title, players are free to use a microphone from a previous installment of Karaoke Revolution. Once players select a song the lyrics and pitch of the melody are displayed for them to follow.

If a singer can manage to keep within the margins of good pitch, they are awarded bonuses and multipliers for their song rating. A new twist on song rating, however, comes in the forms of the virtual American Idol judges, who will make quips and comments on your performance. The comments aren't just for show- they will actually directly influence your final song score.

This is not unlike the actual American Idol show, in which the judge's running commentary can sometimes sway the voters towards a certain performer. The addition of the virtual judges is quite welcome, and it's great to see them congratulate you if you performed well, and equally as fun to see them give light insults to those performances that were lacking.

With over 40 songs a number of them are updated for a contemporary audience and have been used on the actual television show by notable contestants. The breadth and depth of the song list has always been a strong point in Karaoke Revolution games, and American Idol is no exception to this rule. From the strong, crooning passages of "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'" to the fun pop sounds of "Build Me Up Buttercup," there's a track for everybody to enjoy. A number of tracks are especially good for beginners, and the judges will sometimes take pity on a first timers' performance and offer a few more pointers than criticisms. Sometimes!

You can check out IGN's high-profile KR article at:
IGN Article

Or, read the San Francisco Chronicle's review at:
San Francisco Chronicle Review

So, if you would like to win one of these new Video Games, and you think you know all there is to know about the TV show, just answer this easy question: 'American Idol' is an American television series. It is part of the Idol series, originating from a UK show; a singing talent contest to determine the best "undiscovered" young singer in the country. What is the name of that UK show?!

Send us your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win one of these wonderful new Video Games! Just send us an e:mail here before March 31st with your answer and the subject title CONTEST: KARAOKE REVOLUTION: AMERICAN IDOL VIDEO GAME to:

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