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What should you look for in a KJ?

Private party karaoke is different from working a regular night at a bar. For starters, people are often shy about singing in front of a group – it can be very intimidating for someone who doesn’t do it all the time. They might need a little encouragement or even some help – that’s the mark of a really good KJ.

Then, you have to remember (that) you are having a party… it’s not a situation where the goal is to get as many singers as possible. Just because there’s karaoke at your party doesn’t mean you can’t dance and have fun in other ways.

A good karaoke host promotes singing without pushing people into it. A great KJ uses the energy from someone doing a fun song, or singing really well… and parlays that into a moment where the party really takes off. Often times a long dance mix is the right thing to do, coming out of a moment like that… and you really had no idea it was even going to happen.

The best entertainers sing along with people, either helping them when they’re having a hard time or lending some harmony and backup vocals to make the song even better. They don’t do it to get praise or applause; they do it because it makes the party more fun.

It’s hard to make generalized statements about how a good karaoke host works a party because I’ve seen so many different styles of entertaining… but the constants are: they adapt to the circumstances of the party, they use whatever they have available towards having a great party, and they interact well with people both one-on-one and as a group. I have seen some tremendously effective KJs in my time (and I’ve seen a lot of hacks too) and I can honestly say there’s nothing like a truly great karaoke party for sheer fun.

Recommended first dance songs

Couples always ask for recommendations on their first dance song. Here’s a pretty good list to help you choose:

Always on my mind – Willie Nelson
And I love her – Beatles
At last – Etta James
Can’t help falling in love – Elvis Presley
Crazy – Patsy Cline
Fly me to the moon – Frank Sinatra
Into the mystic – Van Morrison
Just you & I – Eddie Rabbit Crystal Gayle
The one you love -Glenn Frey
The way you look tonight – Frank Sinatra
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
You are so beautiful – Joe Cocker
All this love – DeBarge
Always – Atlantic Starr
Always & forever – Heatwave
Endless love – Lionel Ritchie Diana Ross
In your eyes – Peter Gabriel
Just the way you are – Billy Joel
Sea of love – Honeydrippers
Up where we belong – Joe Cocker Jennifer Warnes
Waiting for a girl like you – Foreigner
Wonderful tonight – Eric Clapton
Can’t let go – Mariah Carey
God must have spent – N’Sync
Here & now – Luther Vandross
I could fall in love – Selena
I do (cherish you) – N’Sync
I’ll always love you – Taylor Dayne
I’ll never break your heart – Backstreet Boys
It had to be you – Harry Connick Jr.
Lady in red – Chris DeBurgh
She’s all I ever need – Ricky Martin
Songbird – Eva Cassidy
This I promise you – N’Sync