Nigel Richards, owner/operator at Perfect Circle Tattooing in Shepparton, has several trophies — won at tattooing competitions — adorning the shelf in his shop.
But the tattoo artist will look to add another trophy to his collection this month when he heads to the I-Sing Australia National Karaoke Championships in Newcastle.
‘‘I’m just seeing how far I can get; it’s a bit of fun,’’ he said.
It is not the first time Mr Richards has taken part in competitive karaoke, having come close to the nationals two years ago when he came second at the state titles.
But this year, after taking out the state title in Bendigo recently, Mr Richards has already been crowned Victoria’s Karaoke King.
‘‘There were some really good voices there,’’ he said.
‘‘There’s a few who take it pretty seriously. Karaoke championships are a bit of a different world.’’
Mr Richards described his choice of songs to be ‘‘anything that got the crowd going’’.
‘‘I like rock music and crowd-pleasers,’’ he said.
And his rendition of two belter AC/DC songs — TNT and Highway to Hell — at the state titles secured him the win.
‘‘I like getting on stage and getting the crowd going,’’ he said and although modest about his voice, Mr Richards added that he often got compliments.
‘‘People reckon I sound good,’’ he said.
Mr Richards said he would take the next stage of the competition as it comes. He has done little preparation in the lead-up to the event.
‘‘I’ll just turn up on the day,’’ he said.
He said he had been interested in karaoke since taking part in competitions over the years.
‘‘Every couple of years I decide to enter,’’ he said.
The competition began at the Aussie Hotel, in Shepparton, where Mr Richards took part in the first heat before travelling to Bendigo for the state finals last month.
However, this year the competition has ramped up, with organisers I-Sing Australia deciding to take a team over to the World Titles in Myanmar, Asia, this year.
‘‘There’s a couple who have already made it to that part and they’re deciding the rest,’’ Mr Richards said.
He will take to the stage at the I-Sing Australia National Titles in Newcastle. If successful, he will head to the world championships in Asia.