To keep things fresh, some karaoke chains are tapping students who brush up their Chinese through singing, while others offer mini stages to entice wannabe performers.
From installing stages in every room to having a mini-mart on site, local karaoke joints are pulling out all the stops to attract customers to pick up a microphone.
Local chain Cash Studio Family Karaoke, which is 14 years old, renovated its five outlets in 2013. All of its rooms now come with a mini stage.
This is to give customers an idea of what it feels like to sing on stage, says the company’s director, Mr Caine Poon, 44.
Meanwhile, Tang Music Box, which opened in 2013, has a mini-mart called The Meeting Place, which sells imported snacks and drinks, such as fruit-flavoured Japanese liqueur.