Countdown to Opening Day: National Anthem Singer Search

Opening day is about three weeks away and the New York Daily News is reporting that the New York Mets are hosting a singing contest at Citi Field Monday to find their national anthem singer for the big day.

Citi Field

There are 20 singing hopefuls who will compete for the opportunity to sing in front of thousands of baseball fans. There are people of all ages and music genres who are hoping to win the gig.

One signing group called The Dobriansky Brothers have performed at Ukranian folk festivals, so they hope to use that experience to wow the judges at Citi Field.

This contest is turning into a small version of American Idol. There are three judges who narrowed down the talent a few months ago. TV host Gary Apple is one of the judges and he said that the process is extremely intriguing because of the diversity of people who audition.

Rock quartet Blue Meadow plans to impress the judges and the crowd with an a capella harmony. Their group even boasts a singer who once sang with Michael Buble.

The youngest contestant is seven years old but she has sung the anthem at a Brooklyn Cyclones game last summer and performed in Les Miserables.

Hopefully, whoever wins this contest won’t screw up when they perform in front of  45,000 fans on March 31st. This guy should have practiced his finale a few extra times:

For more on this story visit: Tobias Salinger, New York Daily News