via press release:
ABC’S “KARAOKE BATTLE USA” ANNOUNCES ONLINE KARAOKE CONTEST WINNERS
Karaoke Stars Chris McGee and Julie Baker Crowned At-Home Karaoke King and Queen
Hundreds of aspiring karaoke stars submitted their best renditions of “Girls Just Want to have Fun” or “Unchained Melody,” and the results are in! From six talented finalists, the judges have crowned At-Home Karaoke King Chris McGee of Marion, Illinois, and At-Home Karaoke Queen Julie Baker of Kingsley, Michigan. The results were announced during the season finale of “Karaoke Battle USA,” Friday September 16. Home videos of their karaoke performances are available at the www.karaokebattleusa.com and on the “Karaoke Battle USA” Facebook page.
Chris McGee, 29, works in lawn care management and has been singing since he was five years old. Julie Baker, 33, is a stay-at-home mom who lives with her three children and husband and enjoys food blogging. “I have been singing for as long as I could talk,” she told ABC.
The winners receive a professional karaoke machine and $100 iTunes gift certificate each. See the official contest rules at Karaoke Battle USA (www.karaokebattleusa.com) for all the details. No purchase necessary.
ABOUT KARAOKE BATTLE USA:
“Karaoke Battle USA” shines the spotlight on the best karaoke singers across the country in six one-hour episodes, hosted by Joey Fatone (*NSYNC, “Dancing w/the Stars”). It premiered FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET). The series aired regularly Fridays from 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET.
Host Joey Fatone (*NSYNC, “Dancing w/the Stars”) and a judging panel including singer/songwriter and TV host Carnie Wilson (“Bridesmaids”), music journalist Joe Levy (Maxim, Rolling Stone) and 2009 National Karaoke Champion Brian Scott traveled to the regional competitions at House of Blues locales, semi-finals and finals, along with officials from the pre-eminent Karaoke World Championships USA organization, which crowns two U.S. champs each year. As part of “Karaoke Battle USA”, the best male and female performers at each regional competition moved on to the Los Angeles House of Blues, where they squared off for the titles of King and Queen of Karaoke. In addition to those bragging rights, winners also received a prize package that includes a recording released by Hollywood Records and a trip to compete at the Karaoke World Championships in Ireland later this year.
The series is produced for ABC by Lincoln Square Productions. Executive producers are Rudy Bednar, Muriel Pearson, James Sunderland and John R. Green. “Karaoke Battle USA” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with stereo sound.