If searching for a song to sing for a talent show, you have many factors to consider. First, hone in on your strongest point as a vocalist to decide if it's range or power. When you sing for an audience, you'll contend with nervousness, which affects both range and power, so choose a song that will impress others but won't overly stress your voice. Be sure to pick a song you love and know well, whose tune and lyrics you'll revel in performing and won't forget.
From the “Little Shop of Horrors” rock musical, “Suppertime” is a good uptempo song for men of any age who have baritone voices. The song showcases the ability to handle changes in tempo, since it starts off slowly but speeds up.
“A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes”
“A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from “Cinderella,” the Walt Disney film, is an excellent song for teenage girls or women with trained soprano voices. Because some of its intervals are difficult, it's not a good choice for those with untrained voices.
From “Oliver,” the British musical, “Consider Yourself” is an uptempo song that's ideal for children or teenagers. It's fairly easy to sing and gives a good opportunity to show off acting ability in conjunction with singing.
“I Don't Know How to Love Him”
“I Don't Know How to Love Him” from the stage musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” is a fine song for women of any age who have medium-range voices. Since it requires skilled interpretation and nuanced emotion, it's a good choice for displaying acting ability.
“Ol' Man River”
“Show Boat,” considered the first American musical play, features the song “Ol' Man River,” which is a great choice for older men who have bass voices. Its tune and lyrics lend themselves well to infusing a performance with emotion.
“The Gentleman Is a Dope”
From “Allegro,” the stage musical, “The Gentleman is a Dope” is an uptempo song ideal for women of any age who have alto voices. It's emotionally challenging and captivates audiences by the way it begins in anger but ends in yearning.