Hundreds of singers to compete in Phillies "R U Game? Talent Search" on Saturday

WHAT: Hundreds of talented singers in the Delaware Valley will have their chance to prove that they have what it takes to sing the national anthem at a 2014 Phillies game.

Fans, in groups of one to five, will sing the national anthem a cappella for a panel of judges at Citizens Bank Park at the first-ever Phillies "R U Game? Talent Search."

Among those trying out include:

  • Professional recording artists and back-up singers who have performed with Kelly Clarkson and opened for country artist Jimmy Wayne
  • Classically trained opera singers
  • Marine (74-years-old) who sang the national anthem at Veterans Stadium in 2001
  • Former prospects for NBC's The Voice
  • Singers who have sung the nation anthem for Phillies minor league affiliates, the Reading Fightins and Lehigh Valley IronPigs, and are now trying to make it to the big leagues
  • Former anthem performers for Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Camden Riversharks and Temple Owls men's basketball
  • Singers who have NEVER performed in public before
  • Former FOX29 X-Factor contest participant
  • Finalist of FOX's Master Chef

WHEN: Saturday, March 8, 2014

8:15 a.m. Registration opens, VIP Home Plate Lobby on Pattison Avenue

9:00 a.m. Auditions begin, Media Interview Room & Phillies Batting Cages

WHERE:Diamond Club, Media Interview Room & Batting Cage Areas, Citizens Bank Park

MORE: From the pool of contestants, the judges will select a group of 15 finalists to return for the Final Audition Round on Sunday, March 30, 2014 to sing the national anthem on-field using the ballpark sound system.

One lucky winner will receive the grand prize, the chance to sing the national anthem prior to the 7:05 p.m. Phillies vs New York Mets game on Wednesday, April 30. Four runners up will also be chosen to sing God Bless America at one of the following 2014 Phillies games: May 25, June 29, August 10 and August 24.