The term "karaoke" is derived from the Japanese words for "empty orchestra." Interpret that how you will, but it might also unwittingly refer to one of the worst things to happen at karaoke: Your version of "Don't Stop Believin'" or a Nirvana B-side no one knows is so terrible, you empty the room and a lone, sad violin begins to play for you. Yes, for every professional pop star's humiliating onstage mishap, hundreds of amateur wannabe warblers have had an even more embarrassing karaoke moment.
The worst things you'll experience or see at a karaoke establishment might involve a poor choice of song (e.g., too high, long, racy, or repetitive), an unfriendly crowd, or an unfortunate faux pax like taking a bathroom break when the DJ calls your name.
For good listening's sake, clear your throat, brush up on the lyrics to "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," mind your bladder, and vote on this list of potentially awkward karaoke moments.
The Song Has A Two-Minute Guitar Solo You Forgot About
The Song Is Some Weird Alternate Version That Throws You Off JUST Enough
You Awkwardly Have To Sing The Main Parts And The Backup Vocals
The Person Who Goes Right Before You Is WAY Too Good
The Song Has Some Random Late Verse You Don’t Know At All
The Song Has An Ethnic Comment You Have To Gloss Over
You Had No Idea The Song Was This Long, Holy Lord
It Becomes Clear Early On The Song Is WAY Too High For You
The Only Person You Were Trying To Impress Left Before Your Song
The Song Ends With A Two-Minute Breakdown Of The Same Lyrics Over And Over
All The People In The Audience Start Looking At Their Phones
The Song Is WAY More Sexual Than You Remembered
Someone Else Picks Your Song First And Mangles It
You Were In The Bathroom When They Called Your Song
You Bore Everyone With A Ballad
Someone Surprises You With A Heartfelt Love Song But You Just Don't Feel The Same
Someone Yells, 'Where's The Gong?'
Your Glasses Or Contacts Fog Up And You Can't See The Lyrics
While You’re Entering Your Song You Accidentally Skip Someone Else’s Song
The Video Is The Most Distractingly Bizarre Thing You’ve Ever Laid Eyes On
You Sing A Country Song, But It's A Classic Rock Crowd
A Friend Or Co-Worker You Respected Sings Something TRULY Embarrassing