Mets say ‘sing, sing, sing’

If you think you have what it takes to sing your heart out in front of the teeming multitudes, here’s your chance.

The New York Mets are having the first round of their annual Mets Anthem Search this Monday, May 4 at 11 a.m. at Citi Field. The auditions are free and open to all ages; those under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Last year, hopefuls seeking to audition for the Mets Anthem Search began lining up as early as 4 a.m. The first 100 to register are guaranteed an audition and an opportunity to perform a song of their choice – excluding the National Anthem – a cappella.

Contestants will be judged by an All-Star panel of including singer Michael Amante, SNY network personality Gary Apple and PIX 11 TV sports anchor Lolita Lopez.

Finalists from Monday’s event will advance to the final round of auditions at Citi Field in the weeks ahead. Five singers will be selected from the final group; each winner will perform the National Anthem at a Met home game later this season.

Finalists have included Pia Toscano of Howard Beach and barbershop quartet R.S.V.P. – with baritone Larry Seltzer of Fresh Meadows.

For more information on the 2009 Mets Anthem Search, log on to www.Mets.com, www.LosMets.com, or call 718-559-3119. –Victor G. Mimoni

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