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2017 Timeline


January to April – Call for Juries

April to September – Entries and country pre-judging live events, if required

May to September – Confirmation of Juries

October – Preliminary judging to final 60 songs (53 country songs, plus up to 7 “Judges Special Mention” choices

October – Lukaotem Gud Santo Festival – Vanuatu

October – November – Preliminary Finals – as required

November 28 – Entries close

November 28 to December 1 – Judges to make their decisions

December 2 – Grand Final Live Telecast

December 3 – Voting Results Live Telecast

Entrance Rules

Entries (song, dance, routine, whatever) can come from any individual or group representing the eligible countries and must be original works.  While we don’t intend to censor performances, we reserve the right to exclude any song for any reason.

Entries must be sent in via the internet in an acceptable viewable format and will be voted upon by the jury and the public, using a points system for content, musical, performance and entertainment value.

The composer / writer doesn’t necessarily have to be a native of the country entering the piece, but in the spirit of the competition, the performers should live in the country and PSC can reject the song if we believe it is in questionable taste or doesn’t live up to our culture.

Entrants (Song writers and Performers) must be over 16 years of age, unless special arrangements are made and any performer under the age of 18 must have approval of their Parents or Guardians to Enter and to allow their material or image to be published on any of our websites.

Any copyright or ownership legalities will be deemed to be under the jurisdiction of the entering country.

While entries aren’t limited to only song-based content, the performance judging criteria will put more weight on the music content if it has words and will more heavily mark just a pure music / dance / performance routine.

The entries will need to be sent to us as a 16:9 video via YouTube (watch our Facebook Site for news on when to enter).  The resolution isn’t critical for the initial judging, however be aware, that should the performance be chosen for the country final, the Entrant will need to have the resources to send us an HD file.  It is anticipated that any finals performances will have some assistance from local Television sponsors to film the finals version.

You will need to give us a few details about yourself when you enter and you have to agree that we have non-exclusive rights to any music and lyrics, content, performance and anything else contained in the performance to use and promote as we see fit.  If we can help you with industry contracts after the event, then we will, and you can make other non-exclusive commercial agreements with the material, provided that our non-exclusive rights are included in those agreements.

How the Voting is Done

There is no limit to the number of songs that can be entered for each country. The final selection of each Country’s songs and the winner to move forward to the final is done each October.

The following is the procedure for each Country:
The jury’s votes for each entry are summed to provide a final score.   The highest marked entry will get 10 points, then next 8 points, then 7, 6, 5 and so on down to 1.

While the jury is deliberating, public votes will be taken over a 22 hour period, with ten votes allowed per IP address or each mobile phone number on a public forum.  The Song with the most number of public votes will get 10 points, then next 8 points, then 7, 6, 5 and so on down to 1.

The final entry for the country will be decided by adding the public and jury points for the top 9 songs with the highest scoring entry being the winner and the entrant for that country into the final competition.

The deliberation of the jury and the final entry for each country is televised in a web-cast, with another web-cast highlighting the final country entries into the competition proper.

Depending on how many countries are in the final selection with a Country Entry, we have a number of semi-finals, with up to 20 entries in each, with a Final Event in November each year, again with 20 to 25 entries.

Final event and voting

The semi-final and final events are conducted very much like the preliminary entry selection, except that it is conducted live on the internet, in a live-style program, with a host and commentary.  Voting points are as for the preliminary selection.

The general public watching the show live on the internet is also able to vote immediately after the last entry has finished for a 22 hour period.

22 hours later, typically at 1830 hours the next day after the Grand Final, the votes from the Juries and the public are summed by country.  At the end of voting the winner is the entrant with the highest aggregate public and jury vote.

A detailed discussion of the voting is shown on our voting page here!

The final show is also available as an HD TV program for those regions wishing to broadcast it.

What does the winner get?

While the competition is intended to be a fun, not-for-profit industry exposure vehicle and a competition mainly for younger people, with no major prizes involved, the winners and the runners up are usually offered recording contracts or performance contracts of some sort.  There are also cash and in-kind prizes donated by sponsors for the competitors to receive.  These are generally region dependant and may change from year to year.

What Countries are Eligible?

The following 53 countries are currently eligible as entrants into the competition:

North Pacific:

China, Russia, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, North Korea, South Korea, Guam, Taiwan.

Southeast Asia:

Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.

Southwest Pacific:

American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna, West Papua.

The Americas:

USA, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru.

The Jury

Each year in April, a call is made to all eligible countries surrounding the Pacific Rim via the PRSC website for each country to put forward a judging jury and for competitors to put forward country entries.

For simplicity, for each country, the previous year’s jury is generally responsible for proposing the current year’s jury, however there are instances where the entire jury will be dismissed and reformed and in any case, the PRSC steering committee is responsible for the choosing, approval and ratification of the jury, prior to the application for entries.

Country juries should be comprised of no less than 3 and no more than 11 members.  Jury members must be resident in their country of membership, except in special circumstances.  In most cases, the jury members will have some musical, performance or production expertise, but this is not a pre-requisite.  The Jury members should be demonstrably active in the arts, these can be students, but should be older than 18 and generally younger than 50.

The Jury will ideally change every 4 years, with a minumum 50% change every 3rd year.  Nominations should be in by May each year, with a vote by the existing Jury members and representatives from our industry Sponsors, with the PRSC executive to OK all final appointments.

Watch out for our Jury call shortly and let us know if you’d like to be involved.

How do the Finals Work?

Welcome.  Here is a quick overview of how the final series works.

Our competition is a real-life competition, but delivered by the Internet.  We have pre-recorded video entries and we pre-record the competitors and their support teams to fit into our finals evening template.

Entries can be sent in by a variety of means and we are also attending Festivals around the region to find songs that fit our Criteria.

For the finals, we have a (virtual) stadium, the Pacific Song Competition Stadium, it’ll have 30 or 40 thousand (virtual) spectators and a (virtual) room for each entries support teams. You’ll have seen preliminary staging and lighting setup drawings on our Facebook page and we’ll share more pictures as the design progresses each year.

We have a gorgeous and very clever Master of Ceremonies, who be guiding us through the evening and the night will be live on a web-stream – URL to be announced – from 1830 on the Third Saturday of every November, Sydney Australia AEDT time (UTC +11). The show takes up to 3 hours, depending on the number of entries.

The procedure is as follows: we’ll have the show with all the entries – you’ll see them being introduced by our fabulous host, each act will have their time on stage, with comments by their support teams and the final wrap-up by our host.  Sometimes, the commentary will be in your country’s language, but this will be dependant on us having enough translators or commentators to do this.  The default language is English.

Once the show has finished there is a 20 hour window for You to Vote!

24 hours later, on another live web-stream show, we will have our juries deliver their verdicts. If you want to know how the voting works – go here – and then it’s the publics turn.  Your vote is by country and adds towards how your Country counts the songs entered.  Your country’s Public vote will be counted and the results will be averaged with the official Jury’s vote to determine how your Country voted for the songs.

After 24hours, our Host will come back onto the web stream to announce the winners and their prizes.  The Judges results, your Public Vote and the final voting numbers will also be available on the Pacific Song Competition website, our Facebook and YouTube pages. We’ll also enable you to get an email announcement, if you so desire.

And that’ll be it for the Final for each year.  We hope you have a lot of fun voting for your favorite in the region and look forward to a robust competition for years to come.

What are We?

The Song Competition ( – is a global, internationally-based, wide reaching competition designed for young people around the world to be able to showcase their talent in the form of music composition and performance in a neutral, familiar and non-competitively threatening way.

The vehicle for the competition is the Internet, which allows a wide demographic reach and cultural diversity for the competition, together with a low-cost timely base to distribute and publish content and judging results.

The Culture and Aims of the competition for the music community are twofold:

To foster the interaction of young creative minds around the globe and to nurture feelings of community, companionship and camaraderie, and

To assist and foster creative growth from less developed and under-resourced countries and communities to be able to provide opportunities to sponsor local music talent, not just internationally visible writers, composers and performers.

The is the first of our regions to be setup for competition.

The competition is run and managed by Talent Storm Pty Ltd out of Sydney, Australia.  If you’d like to contact us – the email is


Q. Does the song have to have a specific (or Pacific) theme?
Q. Can we enter a dance number only?
Q. How do we enter a song?

Q. Does the song have to have a specific (or Pacific) theme?
A. Nope, the whole idea (and the fun) of this is the diversification of the region. We are hoping to get a really wide range of songs and styles.

Q. Can we enter a dance number only?
A. While we don’t limit the entry to only song-based content, the performance judging criteria will put more weight on the music content if it has words and will more heavily mark just a pure music / dance / performance routine.

Q. How do we enter a song?
A. 1. First Go Here to read the rules.
2. Then go to our Facebook page – to Like Us and enter.