Over the next few weeks, the local station is on a mission to find the area's best singer of the National Anthem.

The "Oh Say Can You Sing" contest, sponsored by Claude Nolan Cadillac, is scouring Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia area for its best voices. Three finalists will be chosen to perform live on Channel 4's "4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" broadcast.

Each finalist will sing an assigned, patriotic-themed song to help celebrate America’s birthday. After all three have performed, our viewers chose the winner through voting on television, online or their mobile devices.

That winner will have the honor of singing the Star Spangled Banner just before the city of Jacksonville's 4th of July fireworks display. The winner will also be awarded a $500 prize.

OSCYS audtionOpen auditions for the "Oh Say Can You Sing" contest were held on May 22, on the at the Avenues Mall. Each contestant had one-minute to sing a song of their choice, performed either a capella or with music on a CD.

Channel 4 producers reviewed recordings of those auditions and invited 15 contestants to a call-back audition to be held on Saturday. Each will perform two songs and do a short interview.

Station representatives will review the 15 performances and chose five to six finalists within the next week. From this group of singers, our viewers will help select three finalists who will perform live on the "4th of July Fireworks Spectacular."

"Oh Say Can You Sing" audition rules

1. Each contestant will have one opportunity to perform their song before the judges and audience.

2. Judges will rate contestants based on overall performance. This includes not only vocal talent, but also stage presence, Camera presence, style, charisma and personality.

3. Once a contestant begins singing, they will be given only one minute to perform for the producers and the audience. The clock will start once you start singing and will continue to run even if you start over. No extra time will be given unless the producer determines the problem to be technical in origin and detrimental to the contestant’s performance or the production. It is the responsibility of the individual contestant to continue the performance unless informed otherwise. In short “the show must go on” unless you are told to stop.

4. All contestants must be available for callbacks on Saturday May 31st during one of the following time slots: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

5. Producers will review the recordings and make their decision in the next few days. A show producer will then contact successful contestants to schedule a callback audition. Please make sure you leave us a working phone number and email address to contact you. Callback auditions are by invitation only, in other words “Don’t call us, we will call you.”

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