I thought I’d give you all some respite from the blue skies, turquoise waters and lush green tropical island vegetation that is so typical of the South Pacific and talk about the serious subject of karaoke.
We couldn’t have been more fortunate to discover there was a karaoke competition on board the Oosterdam. Lucky for me because I love to watch other people make fools of themselves and lucky for Carl because he’s not afraid of behaving like a fool.
Karaoke is held in the Queens Lounge that has a stage with razzle-dazzle lighting and there’s comfortable lounge-room type seating and if you’d prefer more of a raised view, you can sit at stools around the bar.
The first night of competition was relentless in exposing all that is good and bad about karaoke. It seemed the worse people performed, the more the crowd got behind them and the louder the applause (and laughter). Carl sang that karaoke favourite, ‘My Way’ and made it through to the finals.
On final’s night Carl thought he’d like to sing Suspicious Minds but rules are rules and he was only allowed to sing the song he sang in the first heat so it was ‘their way’ as he again sang, My Way.
He did received very good feedback from the judges with one saying he sounds exactly like Elvis and another saying he has a voice he could listen to all day but he didn’t win. But he was given a Holland America Line baggage tag for his efforts as well as a lapel pin, again, more HAL merchandise. Better than going home empty-handed I guess.
The winner was an American woman who is a ‘professional actress’ as opposed to an ‘actress’ who said she had just come from ‘an off-Broadway show’. She sang Caberet and walked away with a $300 painting.
And did I sing? Well someone had to be at the bar and ordering the drinks – that’s the sort of sacrificial person I am.
Here’s some very amateur video footage of all that went down…
Heat 1: My Way Elvis style…
Heat 2: New York, New York, Sinatra style…
And it’s so hard sometimes getting people away from the stage. Here he is, having not won ‘Karaoke Champion’, singing with the HAL Cats (cruise ship band), singing Suspicious Minds…
And there was more, more, more than what I’m sharing but I think enough is enough. I hope you can see that we did more than just snorkel amongst the coral!
These evenings were so much fun I miss them very much.
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