Movember 24, 2013

So, we're about 94 hours away from the 4th annual Movember Challenge Karaoke, and all the pieces are starting to fall into place, as they always do right around this time. But it happens that it was also two years ago today that we were throwing #MoChaKaTO year 2!

For me, the best parts of the night are always the challenges; after all, the event was originally born out of the idea that it could be a ridiculous amount of fun to make your friends sing the songs that you want them to sing. The notion that we could raise 20 bucks a crack by doing that was almost secondary.

With the help of the great TImehop app, I took a scroll through my tweets from two years ago tonight. There's so much to do while the event's happening that I often end up neglecting my Twitter account, even though Twitter is integral to the event. But two years ago, it appears that I spent the whole night tweeting out the all the challenges. It's a fun list, and it really highlights all the facets of what the 'Challenge' part of "Movember Challenge Karaoke" can be about.

For example, challenges can sometimes be about hearing someone do a song that's part of their regular repertoire:

  • Joseph, challenged to do Rammstein's "Du Hast"
  • Johan, challenged to do Stevie Wonder's "Ma Cherie Amour"
  • Sunnie James, challenged to do Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror"
  • Karaoke host Jason Rolland, challenged to do Jace Everett's "Bad Things"

Challenges can also be about having someone do a song they haven't done, but you're pretty sure they'll knock out of the park:

  • Allegra, challenged to do Taylor Swift's "You Belong to Me"
  • Jon Crowley, challenged to do LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem"
  • Michael Nus, challenged to do George Michael's "Father Figure"

However, more often than not, the best challenges are about creating as big a disconnect as possible between the song and the singer:

  • Jason Rolland again, who started the night getting challenged to do "Toxic" by Britney Spears
  • Brad Koegler, challenged to do "Fireflies" by Owl City
  • Co-host and returning Mo Bro Jason Chan, challenged to do "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina & the Waves
  • David Akermanis, challenged to do "Ignition" by R Kelly
  • Sean Sydney, challenged to do "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias
  • Brad Machry, challenged to do "Ooh, It's Kinda Crazy" by Soul Decision
  • Gabriel Mansour, challenged to do "Drop It Like It's Hot" by Snoop Dogg
  • Co-host and lead Mo Bro Joshua Murray, challenged to do "Hit Me Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears

Heck, I even had to get up and throw out a poor rendition of 50 Cent's "Just a Little Bit". The less said about that, the better.

Related to the challenge is the buy-out, where the person who gets challenged is either so frightened by or so repulsed by the challenge song that they're willing to pay $30 to not have to sing it. It's possible that I introduced this feature specifically for my own benefit. In fact, it's possible that I may have used it at #MoChaKaTO II to get myself out of having to sing Katy Perry.

By the way, if you count all that through, you'll notice that's $370 worth of songs associated with the challenges. That's a not insignificant amount of the $1,116 total that we raised that year.

So, if you're planning on attending #MoChaKaTO IV on Thursday, I highly encourage you to start thinking about who might be prompting you to shout "Challenge!" that night, and just what type of song you might want to see performed.

And if you're not planning on attending #MoChaKaTO IV on Thursday, well, why the heck not?