KWCUSA crowned the 2010 Karaoke National Champions

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KWCUSA crowned the 2010 Karaoke National Champions in Houston, Texas this past weekend. Over 40 contestants from around the country competed live onstage at HUSH on August 28th and 29th. Edward Pimentel and Tami Marie were crowned the winners of the male and female category and will be representing the U.S. at the Karaoke World Championships to be held in Moscow, Russia on September 23 through 25th.

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This was the most awesome event yet and we look forward to bringing home the gold in Moscow

KWCUSA crowned the 2010 Karaoke National Champions in Houston, Texas this past weekend. Over 40 contestants from around the country competed live onstage at HUSH on August 28th and 29th. Edward Pimentel and Tami Marie were crowned the winners of the male and female category and will be representing the U.S. at the Karaoke World Championships to be held in Moscow, Russia on September 23 through 25th.

ABC filmed the event in preparation for a new television series for summer 2011.

The event was a huge success as singers, fans, and family were on the edge of their seats as the contest eliminated all but the top 10 males and female singers. Thousands of Internet viewers were picking their favorites and cheering them on along the way as they watched the live stream video on both days. In fact, there were so many live stream viewers that the site’s servers were bogged down for about a half an hour on Sunday, but KWCUSA tech, Robert Fremder made quick adjustments, and continued the show.

Once the contestants were whittled done to the top 10, the excitement really started to build, and the judges had their hands full trying to pick the top 3 males and females. The final three women; Michelle Brooks (MA), Kim Gonzales (TX), Tami Marie (NM), and the top 3 males; Tim Keller (WA), Edward Pimentel (NM), and Chase Silva (WA), had to sing one last song for the judges before they would find out if they had sung their way to the championship and a free roundtrip to Moscow.

The judging panel included KWCUSA president Wendell Payne, KWCUSA partner Cindy Bellelli, and last year’s national champ, Brian Scott. They offered some thoughts and advice to the final six contestants before singing the final song and the tension during this final phase was definitely very high. “It didn’t take long to sing six songs, but it sure seemed like forever,” Payne said of that final round. “Then the last song ends, the judges tally things up and everyone waits.”

Wendell Payne, President of KWCUSA says, “The contest was the best ever with the widest representation from across the country yet” Competitors came from Alaska, Washington, Georgia, South Carolina and many more states across the country. New Mexico and Texas have the most competitors and the oldest competitions so they always bring a strong group. However Washington, Wisconsin, Georgia and Alaska brought a very strong group. All of them deserve national recognition and KWCUSA will post short bios on all of them at http://www.kwcusa.net.

Payne complimented the hosting venues’ staff, “HUSH and Curtis Monroe did such a great job with hosting the venue. They opened up with special staff and supported us in every way. They have a truly awesome venue and the people of Houston should really appreciate this venue”

He also gave many thanks to James and Jodie Boyte of karaokehouston.com, who provided the KJ hosting, sound system, and live streaming. “They did a truly outstanding job and took full advantage of some great video capability provided by HUSH”. Cindy Bellelli, Vice President KWCUSA says, “They were truly a huge part of the success. James and Jodie, HUSH, and the singers made this event”

KWCUSA also took the time to thank all their sponsors during the event and at the awards ceremony including shopgmgllc.com, Chartbuster Karaoke, thekaraokechannel.com, Priddis, ProSound, Houston Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel, Sound Choice, VH1 Don’t Forget the Lyrics, TriceraSoft, Roland.

Archives of the live stream can be seen at http://www.stickam.com/kwcusa

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