This past Friday night was the fun-filled Karaoke Battle USA viewing party for the East Coast Regional finalists who represented New York City on the show. There was a great amount of enthusiasm in the room as all supported the group of competitors who would vie for crowns held by “karaoke royalty” with hopes of heading off to Ireland as representatives of the United States in the Olympic-like battle grounds of the Karaoke World Championships.
I, particularly, felt pride in “Team NYC” for gaining national attention because I had almost been there with them, but fell short after the New York State semi-finals, leaving me to hand over the baton… or rather, microphone, in the race to would-be stardom on a series judged by the likes of Carnie Wilson, of girl-group “Wilson Phillips” fame, Joe Levy of Rolling Stone Magazine, and the veteran performer to an empty orchestra (the Japanese meaning for “karaoke”), Brian “The Cowboy”” Scott.
After the hour-long program was over, many of we competitors and enthusiasts got together with the live-band to put on a little showcase of our favorite tunes to entertain the rest of the patrons at O’Flanagan’s, the great, Irish pub on the Upper-East-Side of Manhattan.
Here’s my rendition of “Creep”, by the alternative rock, Radiohead (I would have also shared my interpretation of Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”, but the batteries in my video camera died 😦 ):
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