Brit became queen of the singers and defeated thousands of competitors to win the karaoke championship
A British woman has defeated thousands of rivals to win the Karaoke World Championships in Japan.
Jenny Ball won a medal and a portable microphone for her performance of Queen & # 39; s Show Must Go On in the semi-final and Jennifer Hudson & # 39; s And I Am Telling You in the final last night.
She was one of 40 amateur singers selected from 30,000 participants for the competition, which was held for the first time this year in his spiritual homeland of Japan.
& # 39; Thank you very much. Arigato! & # 39; she exclaimed in English and Japanese after her victory on the podium. & # 39; I don't know what to say! & # 39;
World champion: British singer Jenny Ball has defeated thousands of rivals to win the World Karaoke Championships in Japan, where she is depicted with a British flag
Karaoke Competition: Panamanian participant Val Monique, sliding in a tight-fitting dress with bows, performs last night during the Karaoke World Championships in Tokyo
Backstage: Megan Mills from Australia, with a dress down to the floor, folds her hands while she waits behind the scenes to perform in the karaoke competition in Tokyo
Final preparations: Siri Sorensen from the Faroe Islands, with a pink outfit and bright yellow hair, waiting backstage for her performance yesterday
Accountants, teachers and economists from the far Faroe Islands, Guatemala and Brazil competed for the prestigious title of & # 39; the world's best karaoke singer.
& # 39; Karaoke can make everyone feel like a professional for a moment. Only karaoke can give you that few minutes of glory on stage, & # 39; said Vladyslav Karasevych, a participant from Ukraine.
Karasevych sparkled in a black and white & # 39; Harlequin & # 39; outfit and a white hat and waved a Ukrainian flag proudly.
His countrymen were a woman dressed as & # 39; Hatsune Miku & # 39 ;, a vocaloid character with long blue ponytails and a miniskirt.
& # 39; Karaoke makes us happy. He is an economist, I am an accountant and she is a teacher, and we are on stage today as professionals, such as stars, & he said.
Among the karaoke classics on Thursday, Spandau Ballet & # 39; s Gold was sung by a Finnish participant and YOU Never Walk Alone, best known in the UK as a football song, interpreted by a participant from the Philippines.
Finish: Megan Mills examines herself in a mirror as she makes her final preparations for her performance in the Karaoke World Championships
Competitors: Val Monique from Panama is wearing her headphones, while Shai Othman from Singapore is looking at her phone while preparing for backstage on Thursday
With full voice: Ekaterina Mandrichenko from Russia performs in the karaoke competition in Tokyo, the first time the competition was held in the spiritual house of the genre
On stage: Anthony Duarte of Guatemala sings during the Karaoke World Championships in Tokyo
The show ended with a chorus of the sing-along hit & # 39; We Are The World & # 39; from 1985 – an annual interpretation.
The annual Karaoke World Championships were first held in Finland in 2003, the brainchild of a Finnish company.
The eventual participants were selected from around 30,000 candidates around the world, according to Daiichikosho, a Japanese karaoke company that supports the event.
The selection process varies from country to country, but in Japan, the company asked wannabe competitors to upload their singing performances to karaoke shops, Daiichikosho official Kikumi Onchi said.
About 2,200 people applied only for Japan, considered the home of karaoke – a word used in Japanese & # 39; empty orchestra & # 39; means – and where the concept was born about 50 years ago.
& # 39; We listened to each of the songs, selected different singers for regional competitions and chose the last four singers for the world championships, & # 39; Onchi told AFP.
Exercise: Val Monique from Panama mimics a microphone as she prepares for her performance, while Shai Othman from Singapore sits behind her
To see: Panama's Val Monique sings during the Karaoke World Championships in Tokyo where accountants, teachers and economists from all over the world compete against each other
Performance: Meagen Reyes of the Philippines sings during the karaoke contest where she performed the music Never Never Alone, best known in the UK as a football song
Decoration: Ekaterina Madrichenko from Russia sings with an image of the Eiffel Tower in Paris behind her
On own ground: Japanese participant Yuji Ogata – who was one of more than 2000 applicants from the country where karaoke was invented – performs in Tokyo yesterday
One of the lucky Japanese participants, Yuji Ogata, expressed joy at & # 39; at home & # 39; to perform after he & # 39; ai no sanka & # 39 ;, the Japanese version of the Edith Piaf classic & # 39; L & # 39; hymn a l & # 39; amour & # 39; (& # 39; anthem to love & # 39;) & # 39;).
& # 39; I myself thought the world championships was a far-fetched dream, but here it is happening in Tokyo, Japan, & # 39; Ogata said.
Vladimir Brilov, a participant from Russia, said he made the most of his time in Japan and experienced the unique Japanese karaoke culture.
& # 39; I was completely alone because I wanted to feel comfortable, & # 39; said Brilov. & # 39; I was a superhero to myself and that made me so happy. & # 39;
After the show, Panama & # 39; s karaoke queen Val Monique, who wore a close-fitting sparkling dress, paid tribute to her inspiration Tina Turner and said she & # 39; so excited & # 39; was to stand on the podium.
& # 39; Being on stage was like & # 39; n in a hurry, but adrenaline hits you as soon as you get on stage. It was great, & she told AFP.
& # 39; I just wanted to have fun and I think it was worth it. & # 39;
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