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Standing O is sharing hte challenge

Hit the mike: Borough President Adams announces his karaoke competition at the Way Station, a Prospect Heights watering whole that will serve as one of the contest sites.
Stefan Ringel

Downtown

Borough President Adams put out the challenge and hit the mic for the launch of BK Sings, his first-of-its-kind, borough-wide karaoke competition to find out who has the best amateur singing pipes in the borough.

Bars and restaurants in the burg will offer budding song birds an opportunity to perform their favorite songs, and compete to represent their neighborhood, leading into a final musical showdown crowning Brooklyn’s king or queen of karaoke.

Karaoke gives amateur singers a shot at stardom, claimed the beep, tossing down the gauntlet.

“So you think you can sing?” he asked. “Well, we’re about to find out!”

Participants must be Brooklyn residents, 18 years of age or older, and not engaged in a professional singing career. They will be judged on their execution of the song, which cannot contain any explicit content, as well as their stage presence and audience appeal. Champions of local contests will move on to the regional semifinals, which will determine singers for the final round on May 1 at Hill Country Barbecue Market in Downtown.

The first prize winner will receive a karaoke machine and a chance to sing at MCU Park in Coney Island, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Runners up will receive a tablet computer, and gift cards for dinner at Suede Restaurant in East Flatbush.

The Cyclones trilled their approval.

“We are happy to team up and happy to host the winners, and look forward to hosting karaoke nights this summer at MCU Park,” said Gary Perone, assistant general manager for the Brooklyn Cyclones.

For a full list of participating locations, dates, and regulations, sign up for BK Sings at brooklyn-usa.org/karaoke.

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