Four talented singers competed Thursday night in the “Oh Say Can You Sing” finale at 1904 Music Hall, for a chance to sing the national anthem just before the fireworks display over the St. Johns River on the Fourth of July.
At the end of the night, Karim Zabaneh was crowned the winner!
In addition to singing the national anthem during Channel 4′s “Red, White and Boom” special, Zabaneh receives a $500 prize.
Like most annual events and milestones that should have happened for the past few months, the 2020 “Oh Say Can You Sing” contest was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike previous years, open audition calls that usually created long lines at local malls and gathering places had to be moved online.
Out of the 160 contestants who submitted a virtual audition, 10 were selected for callbacks and then four were chosen as this year’s finalists.