Julie DiGiovine, a 19-year-old student at Berklee College of Music, and Dorchester resident Katani Sumner, a counselor at Newton South High School, beat out 20 other hopefuls in the radio station's "Oh Say Can You Sing?" contest, held Monday at Jordan's Furniture.
After nailing all the high notes and knocking the socks off three judges from 93.7 Mike-FM, Waltham songbird Julie DiGiovine is one vote away from a dream come true: singing the National Anthem at Fenway Park.
DiGiovine, a 19-year-old student at Berklee College of Music, and Dorchester resident Katani Sumner, a counselor at Newton South High School, beat out 20 other hopefuls in the radio station's "Oh Say Can You Sing?" contest, held Monday at Jordan's Furniture.
DiGiovine and Sumner scored pairs of Red Sox tickets and will next compete against each other and two other finalists - chosen Saturday at Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire - for the chance to take the mic to Fenway's mound Sept. 13.
"I'm just so excited! Vote!" DiGiovine burst out after she got through yesterday's preliminary round with Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" and won over the judges with "God Bless America."
The public had until Friday to choose the contest's best singer from the four finalists by voting on Mike-FM's Web site at www.937mikefm.com.
The qualifying event at Jordan's brought out singing Sox fans from all over New England.
Framingham optometrist Susan O'Shea-Foley, 30, made the cut as one of 10 semifinalists after jumping at the chance to sing at a Sox game.
"I did better than I thought I was going to do," O'Shea-Foley said after singing her version of the National Anthem and waiting for the judges' final decision.
O'Shea-Foley sings at gigs with her guitarist husband and their band, Acid Foley. She has also auditioned for "American Idol."
She joked about how the air conditioner at Jordan's had her sniffling and thinking, "Oh my God, am I going to have to sneeze in the middle of this thing?"
Ellen Jane Foley, 40, of Worcester, was trying out so she could bring her 4-year-old son, Richie, to see the Red Sox and cheer Big Papi before having open-heart surgery next month.
"I want to be able to give him this ... give us something to think about that's more fun than surgery," said Foley.
She has recorded a demo in Nashville, Tenn., but did not make the top 10 yesterday.
Alyssa Iacono, 17, of Weston, also didn't make the semifinalist cut after taking on the same Whitney Houston song as DiGiovine. But hoping to study music in college, Iacono tried out to gain experience before those school auditions.
"It went OK, but, why not? There's nothing to lose," she said.
She sings in the concert choir and chorus at Weston High, and is involved in the theater program, having just acted in the school's production of "Pirates of Penzance."
DiGiovine, who is studying voice and music business at Berklee, said it has always been her dream to sing at a Red Sox home game. She sang the patriotic song at auditions with her late grandfather, a Navy veteran, in her heart.
"I kind of did this for him," she said.
The judges from Mike-FM sat in Red Sox recliners sold at Jordan's, watching the singers perform on a small stage.
"It's cool," Bill Alfano, director of FM marketing for the radio station, said of the contest. "We team up with the Red Sox on it - it's great."
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