XPERFORM Competition for Vocalists

Singers songwriters and rappers It’s your time to shine!

Welcome to XPERFORM: the ultimate springboard for MENA’s aspiring vocalists. This year, we’ve partnered up with YouTube to kickstart your singing career.

We’re on a mission to uncover the region’s emerging talent through a singing contest that puts star quality, charisma and vocals to the test! Contestants get the chance to show the world what they’ve got through YouTube Shorts, get one-on-one support from industry professionals, and take the stage at XP Music Futures 2023, where the winner of XPERFORM 2023 gets crowned. Are you ready?


Open Call

This is your chance to showcase your talent! Create a YouTube Shorts video using #XPERFORM and fill out the application form.

Application deadline: May 20

Live Audition

The top 25 contestants showcase their vocal talents in front of our awesome judges in a live audition, where their performances are evaluated on vocal quality, stage presence, and overall execution.

Where: Music Hub in Riyadh

When: June 25, 2023

YouTube Shorts Showdown

The 10 qualifiers will compete in a Youtube Shorts challenge, where the contestants will be tasked to create a content video showcasing their unique talent in less than 1 minute and post it on their own channel using #XPERFORM #YoutubeShortChallenge. With that in mind, the judges will ultimately decide who moves on to the final round, at XP Music Futures.

When: August 2023

The Grand Finale

The home stretch! The 5 selected finalists take the XPERFORM stage during the XP Music Conference for the final showdown.

And the Winner Is…

The XPERFORM ultimate winner is finally crowned, scoring a career-boosting opportunity to collaborate with MDLBEAST Records.


  • Learn from an exclusive one-on-one boot camp with YouTube.

  • Steal the show with a performance at XP Music Futures.

  • Connect with hundreds of industry professionals.

  • Win the opportunity to collaborate with MDLBEAST Records.


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