I agree with you to an extent. The problem is that numbers are so arbitrary. You might score a team a 90, then a team performs later in the show that absolutely blows them out of the water and it may influence you to think that 90 team was ACTUALLY an 80.
^ This is a great point. The reason that I would prefer judges to "talk" at the end is to reaffirm scoring after having watched ALL performances. It's so hard to blindly give points in subjective criteria when you haven't even seen all teams.
If judges haven't seen all performances, they are indirectly forced into factoring "show order" into their distribution of points.
I personally like it when you use points to narrow down to say the top 3 teams, then use deliberation to rank the last few teams after a 10-15 minute discussion amongst the judges. Usually competitions have some sort of entertainment for the audience while the judges deliberate.
I am sure this topic has been discussed before, but it's always good to hear fresh perspectives in modern times.
I'm all for competitions releasing judging scoresheets as I believe it adds a lot of transparency and judges are essentially held accountable.
Some of most prominent and well run competitions, that really pushed the envelope of executing flawlessly and going out of their way to cater toward teams, compiled & released scoresheets/provided analysis after the competition took place. I know not everyone was competing or part of the "bhangra scene" at the time, so below are a few links
Everyone you mentioned is a pretty good mixer, except maybe Aka$h who just started mixing two months ago on VirtualDJ Jk! I get to mess with him since I know he's active on BTF and will probably read this, lol.
2 days before the competition? Wow, that blows big time. I sincerely hope that they not only refund all teams ASAP but publicly post the details of what went wrong so last minute.
Usually when you deal with a university, you're given all the information you need ahead of time (in terms of policies) and you also have a "point of contact" at the university that you can bounce things back & forth with as your event nears.
I'm saddened for all those teams who took the time to apply & coordinate their schedules around Boiler Bhangra 2016. Before jumping to random conclusions, I hope we can hear from the committee. Please share if anyone receives further details.
Thank you Saab for getting a thread up with this information! As easy as it is using the shoutbox, I always encourage people to post up a topic since as we all know, the shoutbox posts disappear and we always have topics to search in case anyone down the road wants to look up placings/videos/etc. Btw, I added in the placings to your OP and changed up the title just a bit for future searching purposes.
JayBainss, thanks for posting up your full performance video links. Your team did a great job. Really enjoyed your ending mela with the saaps, daangs, pankhis (fans), etc. Your mix was very well done and the choreography matched it well. The pauses in your mix created some big hype moments.
Who did your mix? Do you think can you could upload it/share it with us? Congrats on placing.
I haven't seen any competition this grand in NA besides maybe Elite 8 and Boston.
TBS Committee did an AMAZING job with this competition. That Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham is absolutely amazing! One of the best venues that I've seen. The amount of preparation and planning that went into this year's show was unreal.
Shoutout to the #KudosAV team who did so much behind the scene to make the show so grand!
^^ The page has been broken for some time and hasn't been updated, but at least you can gather a list of teams from there. To get the founding dates of the teams that don't post here, you probably have to reach individual members of the team on BTF or better yet, contact the team directly via the various social media channels.
As angeblah stated, please do let us know once this is complete! Looking forward to the read. Let me know if I can help in any other way.
A lot of great individuals mentioned for recent times.
As a spectator of the bhangra scene for too many years to count, I would have to say:
Vic Sehdev - founder & coach of SGPD. Probably the most dominant all-male team in the circuit at their peak. Kiran Mander & Mandeep Patrola - cofounders & coaches of UBC Girlz. The first all-female team in all of NA to have dominated the circuit for years. Sheel Mehta, Marshal Singh, Benny Sujlana - laid the foundation for VCU Bhangra to form a top tier collegiate, co-ed team.
I have only had the pleasure to speak to these a few of these individuals briefly, but I would have loved to have been passed down knowledge from any/all of them!
I would try to add a bit of padding/silence to the mix if you want to emphasize certain effects, lyrics, or parts of your mix. That "pause," in itself, adds a bit dynamic to a mix from a lister's standpoint.
Lastly, I would try to work creating memorable outro's.. with the amount of bhangra mixes being released, one thing that is so many DJ's using very standard effects such as "bruahhh" & the gunshot to conclude a mix. It's almost like an easy way to end something; shows lack of effort to someone like me (others might not mind).
Anyway, just wanted to give you my two cents. Keep posting your content here. Lastly, to go along with GSingh's "READ" comment, it's often helpful to read feedback given on other mixes so you can avoid making similarly "mistakes" or adjust your mix to please the intended audience better. So the point is you don't always have to get feedback on your specific mix to learn!