Before we get to updated Wild Card rankings…
I know some chorus members are biting their nails as regional scores are announced each week hoping desperately that they don’t get knocked out of a wild card spot. So let’s ask ourselves a question:
At what score should I feel confident that my wild card spot is safe?
To determine that, let’s look at this chart:
|Year||5th WC Chorus Score||1st WC Chorus Score|
This shows the scores of the 1st and 5th place wild card choruses going back to 1996. The highest wild card score ever was earned by San Diego Chorus in 2003 when they scored 695. The lowest wild card score on the list is 597.
Over the last five years, the average score needed to earn a WC spot has been 629.6 Over the last ten years it’s been 625.1
Only twice has a 2nd place chorus scored over 630 and not earned a WC – Hickory Tree Chorus in 2010 when they scored 632 and Scioto Valley when they scored 635 in 2009. The trend is a rise of between 1-2 points per year.
Q. At what score should I feel confident that my wild card spot is safe?
A. Around 635 is the cusp. 640 is pretty safe. 645, you’re pretty much in.
Now, here are the updated regional winners and second place choruses! Remember, only the top five second place choruses will earn a wild card. Some of these scores are not yet official. Unlike quartet competition, third place choruses cannot win a WC spot. I don’t yet know the sound score of the Melodeers, so I have placed Rich-Tones first simply because they competed first.
|First Place Choruses||Score|
|Pride of Kentucky||692|
|The Woodlands Show
|St. Louis Harmony
|2nd Place Choruses||Score|
|Song of Atlanta
|Tucson Desert Harmony
|Greenville in Harmony||601|
|Wamego Dutch Mill