Karaoke is a classic past-time that brings out the stardom in people (and the laughter). Some places, however, take it a little more seriously, as they turn it into competitions.
In the video that we’re sharing today, a man named Andy Streich joins in on a karaoke competition while on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas cruise. The event is called the Karaoke Superstars Competition. When Andy is welcomed on stage, he shares that he’s from the state of Washington. However, when he’s asked, “Good sir, please tell me why you think you deserve the title of Karaoke Superstar?” that’s when he makes the audience laugh.
His response is, “It’s not that I feel I deserve it, it’s just that Mama always told me that karaoke was like a box of chocolates.” He does a spot-on impersonation of Forrest Gump and the iconic quote that earns him a laugh from the crowd. Then Andy gets another round of applause when he announces that he’s going to sing “Any Way You Want It” by Journey.
Finally, he starts to sing, and the crowd cheers right away. As he sings the high notes that I feel will put a strain on his throat (though they don’t) the people in the crowd clap along to the beat of the song. Notice that as he’s singing the chorus, “Any way, you want it, that’s the way you need it. Any way, you want it!” the crowd sings along with him. A real performer is the one that can engage the audience.