Forty people competed in the second annual Sing Your Way to Nashville semi-finals at Bullfeathers, karaoke bar in Knoxville at 8 p.m. on June 23.
This round of competition was narrowed down to the final 20 singing hopefuls whom will then compete for the grand prize. First prize receives $1,000 cash and a recording session at Quad Studios in Nashville. There are also cash prizes of $500 for second, $250 for third and 125 for forth place respectively.
“We are happy to host and help up and coming acts to achieve their goals,” Bullfeathers DJ, Rich Ferdy said. Ferdy helps run and organize the competition, as his family owns the bar.
Finalists were selected by audience ballot voting. Each person who entered the door before 8 p.m. received a ballot and was eligible to vote.
Many finalist were celebrating their night and were “so happy that people I do not even know came out and voted for me,” finalist Balthazar Hoskins said. He was one of the few to advance by singing a ballad that won over the crowd.
After the finalist were chosen, karaoke was open to anyone and many of the singers got on stage multiple times.
“Even though we are not advancing, karaoke is still a great way to bring different groups of people together,” attendee Madeline Lodeiro said.
The bar and competition is 21 and over.
Bullfeathers karaoke finals are on June 30 at 8 p.m.