Left to right: Rashada Dawan, Jason Jackson and Jaleel Amir | Provided
CHICAGO - Chicago has chosen six finalists to face off in the first-ever citywide singing competition.
The finalists flexed their victorious vocals through qualifying and semi-final rounds held across 18 neighborhood venues.
The top performer will be crowned "Chicago's Karaoke Champion," and will win $5,000.
The six finalists are:
- Jaleel Amir, 26, from Grand Crossing
- Rashada Dawan, 40, from South Shore
- Brandon Dodson, 35, from Rogers Park
- Lauren "Elle Michelle" Gaines, 40, from Galewood
- Erendira Izguerra, 29, from West Lawn
- Jason E. Jackson, 45, from Edgewater
The finals will take place on Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Park West at 322 W. Armitage Ave. Admission is free.
The six finalists will perform in front of a panel of judges comprised of local celebrities, city officials and music industry professionals.
"The level of talent on display throughout this competition has been remarkable," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement. "On behalf of the entire city, I want to personally thank each performer for partaking in this event and sharing their gift with us. I am very excited to see what our finalists will do at the finale on November 6."