Championship belters: Beep’s karaoke contest reaches its finale

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They are hitting the high notes!

Brooklyn’s 10 best voices will do battle in a borough-wide karaoke competition at Hill Country Barbecue Downtown on June 12. The final round of “Brooklyn Sings,” a singing tournament sponsored by Borough President Adams, will feature voices better suited to the studio than the karaoke stage, according to Adams’s press guru.

“Folks that come to the finals are going to see talent that is recording contract-worthy,” said Borough Hall spokesman Stefan Ringel. “I think there are a lot of hidden stars in the borough and they’re just looking for places and spaces to shine.”

The contest began with 300 contestants singing along to their favorite tunes at 28 venues around the borough. A team of judges narrowed the field to a final 10 singers, who will vie for a chance to sing before a ballgame at MCU Park, and to take home their own karaoke machine.

This is the first time Borough Hall has held the vocal challenge, which Brooklyn’s commander-in-chief dreamt up as a way to bring people together over one of the Kings County’s most cherished pastimes— belting out the hits.

“Karaoke is one of these activities that really brings people together across different backgrounds. There are few things like being at your local watering hole and cheering on an old friend of a new one as they’re singing their heart out,” Ringel said. “It’s been one of the most universally exciting events.”

At the launch of the competition, the Borough President himself sang some of Frank Sinatra’s Empire State anthem “New York, New York.” Ringel refused to confirm whether Adams will sing at the competition’s climax, but said that the Beep definitely has one-of-a-kind pipes.

“He was the best Brooklyn Borough President to sing at the competition,” said Ringel.

“Brooklyn Sings” showdown at Hill Country Barbecue (345 Adams St. at Willoughby Street Downtown, June 12 at 7 pm. Free.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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