As ABC's "Karaoke Battle USA" heats up the airwaves, our own at-home karaoke contest is heating up the web. Can't wait to join the action yourself? Now here's your chance!
Enter our online Karaoke Battle USA for your chance to become our at-home Karaoke King or Queen. Two talented singers, a man and a woman, will each win a state-of-the-art home karaoke machine as well as a $100 iTunes gift card. You may even be mentioned on air!
We've got two karaoke classics to cut your teeth on: Cindy Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," and The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody." Choose which one you would like to sing, and remember gentlemen, nothing says you can't sing either.
It gets better: we've built you your very own karaoke machine right here online. Just click here for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," or here for "Unchained Melody." (You have to sing along to these versions of the songs for your entry to be valid.)
Record yourself on your webcam, smartphone, camcorder or other video device, and submit your best performance here by noon ET, TODAY, Aug. 23. The judges and producers of "Karaoke Battle USA" will narrow the field to a group of finalists. But it's America that has the final say-so, voting on the finalists, and whoever has the most votes wins!
So remember to watch "Karaoke Battle USA" every Friday at 9 p.m., 8 Central, and then try it yourself right here. You could be our at-home Karaoke King or Queen!
About the Songs
Girls Just Want to Have Fun was written by the late Robert Hazard and is best known as the song that put pop icon Cindi Lauper on the map. Hazard originally wrote the song from a male point of view, and first recorded it in 1979. With Hazard's permission, Lauper tweaked the lyrics somewhat to allow her to perform it for her 1983 debut solo record "She's So Unusual." The synth-driven pop song became an instant hit and, ironically for a song originally written by and for a man, would become a world-famous feminist anthem. The award-winning music video, starring famous wrestler "Captain" Lou Albano as Lauper's father, only cost $35,000 to produce thanks to a largely volunteer cast. "Girls" remains a worldwde hit covered by more than 30 separate artists and remains Lauper's signature song. Naturally, it is also a karaoke classic.
Unchained Melody was written in 1955 by Alex North with lyrics by Hy Zaret. It has been called one of the most recorded songs of the twentieth century, spawning more than 500 versions in hundreds of different languages by some counts. But the most famous version, of course, was recorded in 1965 by The Righteous Brothers, becoming an instant jukebox standard. Already a hit in its own right, "Unchained" got a second lease on life when it was heavily featured in the blockbuster movie "Ghost" starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. A little-known fact about the song is that it actually started life as a movie theme itself, for the even lesser-known prison film "Unchained." It narrowly lost the best song Oscar to "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" in 1955.