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Online voting is now underway for NAHB STAR, the talent contest that will determine who will sing the national anthem at the Grand Opening Ceremonies at the 2011 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando on Jan. 12.
During the first week of voting, which began on Oct. 12, more than 10,700 votes were cast in the “American Idol”-style competition open to NAHB members and their immediate families.
Voters can choose their favorite performance from among 20 "amateur” contestants — including a high school senior, a roller derby queen, a plumber and a LEGO aficionado — who have submitted videos of their live performances of the "Star Spangled Banner” for the contest.
The videos have been posted on the IBS website at www.buildersshow.com/star for one round of online voting — which will trim the field of contestants to as many as four finalists. Online voting closes at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 29.
The finalists then will perform before a panel of judges on Jan. 11 in Orlando, where the contest's winner, first runner-up and second runner-up will be chosen.
The contestants come from 16 states, including three from Texas and four from Florida.
To view this year's performances online and vote in the competition, click here.
Maria Mazzola, of Montville, N.J., won last year's innaugural NAHB STAR competition and sang the national anthem to open the 2010 show in Las Vegas. (To view her winning video, click here.)