Shine Bright On the Main Stage!

DerpyCon is proud to debut a new Idol Showcase this year! Take your idol dreams onto the bright stage of DerpyCon and show off your best choreographed dances for all to see – celebrating what we love about Japanese idols!

Looking to take your talents to the stage? Read the rules and apply below.

If you have any questions, please contact our Head of Cosplay using our Help Desk

Idol Showcase Applications Are Open  Through September 1, 2023

Idol Showcase Submission Guidelines

  • DerpyCon Idol Showcase applications will be accepted through September 1, 2023 at 11:59:59pm EDT.


  • To enter the DerpyCon Idol Showcase, you must be registered as an attendee of DerpyCon 2023.
  • Check-in for the DerpyCon Idol Showcase will be held Friday early afternoon of the convention. Failure to check-in will results in a disqualification of the entry and the slot being opened up to another waitlisted entry. Check-in time and location will be made available online once the DerpyCon 2023 Schedule is set. The practice session and the Showcase are both schedule for Friday late-afternoon/evening.
  • All skits must be PG-13 or lower. Please refrain from cursing or nudity on stage – we are family friendly!
  • There will be a maximum of ten (10) participants on stage at any time in any DerpyCon Showcase performance; this includes stage “ninjas”.
  • Participants under 13 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Staged falls, as well as smoke, pyrotechnics, glitter, or other special effects that will leave a mess behind are prohibited. Nothing can be thrown into the audience and any item that comes on stage must be brought off the stage at the end of the skit.
  • Participant’s costumes must allow freedom of movement. DerpyCon Cosplay Staff will be unable to assist entrants with their costumes. Performers must be able to navigate stairs and move around the stage unassisted.
  • Any participant who does not follow the rules of the DerpyCon Idol Showcase, misses the line-up times, or does not follow the instructions of cosplay staff during the event, may be disallowed from participating at the discretion of the Head of Cosplay.
  • Only DerpyCon Idol Showcase participants will be allowed in the Back Stage Area.

    Performance Information

    • Time Limit:
      • All DerpyCon Idol Showcase participants will be given the following times based on the number of people in a performance. In addition, participants will have 30 seconds prior to and 30 second after the skit time for set-up and break-down.
        • 1-4 People – 3:00 Minutes
        • 5+ People – 5:00 Minutes
    • Song Requirements:
      • You must provide your own music/audio. You must upload your audio in the link provided in the application. Failure to upload your audio may result your application to be rejected.
      • Recommended Audio Format: MP3, MP4, AIFF, or WAV format at 44.100 kHz Stereo, minimum 16-bit Integer.
      • Songs must be of Japanese origin, but official English language versions are permitted.
      • No song duplicates will be allowed. Please provide a backup song in the application. In the event that more than one participant applys with the same song, the earlier applicant will have first choice of song and the later will go with the backup song.
      • If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Head of Cosplay on our Helpdesk.