NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Twenty finalists stepped up to the plate Tuesday for the Mets’ annual search for one lucky winner to perform the National Anthem during the Subway Series against the Yankees.

CBS2’s Jill Nicolini reported George Marage was among over 200 people who came to Citi Field last month to audition. He did his first talent show in eighth grade and was amazed he made people in the audience cry.

“Maybe I actually have something and I have an opportunity in life to give my voice back to the world,” the 19-year-old Staten Island college student said.

Marage said he has aspirations to perform on the big stage.

“Being maybe not as famous as Beyonce or Chris Brown, but being one of those two people in the world, my face on the screens,” he said.

Melody Lieberman, whose passion is musical theater, auditioned for the spot years ago.

“When you’re a singer, it’s a rough world out there. You have to keep trying and trying,” the Parsippany, New Jersey, resident said.

Lieberman performs in different shows throughout New Jersey.

“I’m a singer naturally and I love performing the National Anthem,” Lieberman said.

But 2016 was her lucky year, as the Mets selected Lieberman to perform the National Anthem during the Subway Series.

A 6-year-old girl even took her talents to Citi Field.

“I’ve been singing since I was a baby,” Apalonia Passetti said. “My favorite song is the National Anthem.”

The Mets may call the other finalists to perform the National Anthem at other games this season.


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