karaoke is fun, or most of the time...funny
Hopefully it is, Larry, as several pro SZ "Entertainers" sing over MP3 and/or Wav backing tracks, and they say that it is, indeed, "fun"...and, in some cases, quite profitable
Thankfully (for the listeners), I have no aspirations as a singer/karaoke performer, but, no doubt the current bunch of Yamaha arrangers, and other brands, such as Korg's PA-600/PA3, can certainly do a fine job as Karaoke machines (even displaying lyrics on a big screen), equally for amateurs and pros alike.
Perhaps the "K" in "Korg", (which was originally called "Keio Electronic Laboratories", and later became "Korg" — a derivation of the words “Keio” and “ORGan”), could also stand for "Karaoke"???
Today's keyboards sure can be real "entertainment centers", for both home and bars...I think Karaoke it is still at it's most popularity in Japan and some parts of New Jersey....