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Up for grabs: A chance to sing national anthem at GOP convention event

TAMPA — Four lucky Tampa Bay residents will get the chance to sing the national anthem in front a swarm of Republican National Convention volunteers on Aug. 11.

One of the them will then be crowned the "Voice of Tampa Bay" at the culmination of a month-long contest that began Monday.

People interested in singing The Star-Spangled Banner on stage during Tampa's biggest event of the summer have until 11:59 p.m. Sunday to enter.

The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee is searching for singers ages 18 and up who live in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk or Sarasota counties.

Eligible participants must sign up to be volunteers for the Republican National Convention — a position the committee calls a "face."

After becoming an official volunteer, prospective singers can submit a 75-second video of themselves singing the national anthem through a private message to the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee Facebook page.

Any videos posted on the wall will automatically be disqualified.

On Tuesday, the committee will post the videos to its page and have the public vote until July 24.

The 10 singers with the most "likes" will be referred to the committee and narrowed down to a group of four by July 31.

Those singers will perform the national anthem at a volunteer pep rally on Aug. 11.

The eventual winner will sing the anthem again at a Host Committee event during the week of the Republican National Convention, which is being held Aug. 27-30.

To sign up to be a volunteer, register at

Rules for the "Voice of Tampa Bay" competition can be found at

Times staff

Up for grabs: A chance to sing national anthem at GOP convention event 07/11/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:02am]
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