NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — On Tuesday, the New York Mets hosted an audition for a singer to perform the national anthem in August during the Subway Series.
As CBS2’s Emily Smith explained, some unique voices competed for a chance to shine.
From a Capella groups to Broadway style classics, from old to young, New Yorkers came by the hundreds to line up at Citifield for their chance to become a star.
“You can warm up your vocal chords and be famous, have a mansion, a whole bunch of rooms, bathrooms and hot tubs,” Julie McFadden, 8, said.
Since 2009, the auditions have brought starry-eyed hopefuls looking for their big break in front of the National League champs, and a packed house.
To impress the judges, contestants must choose a different song than the national anthem.
Joseph Oleskovic, of Yonkers said ‘All of Me’ by John Legend as a tribute to his father.
“He was an amazing father, I loved him so much. He loved to sing,” Joseph said, “Now, he’s passed. Two years ago, I still feel like he’s watching over me, rooting for me.”
One talented singer after another took the stage for a competition that will be whittled down to twenty finalists who will audition a second time.
“We’ll pick one winner to perform at the Subway Series on August 2,” New York Mets Communications Director, Harold Kaufman said.
The a Capella group Peaches And Cream felt good enough about their performance on stage to rehearse the national anthem for CBS2.
Group member Robert Cortijo hopes it wasn’t the only dream come true.
“I’m actually auditioning for Julliard soon. Hopefully, I’ll get the call back soon and it becomes my actual profession,” he said.
In addition to the winner performing at the Subway Series, the Mets said some singers will be brought in to perform the national anthem at upcoming games.