Mayor Slay Talks Karaoke: "Nine minutes is a lot of Yes."

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Will Mayor Slay drop the mic?
National Karaoke Week doesn't start until Sunday, but we've been mulling over our seven-days-of-singing options for months. Should we do Joan Jett or Lita Ford? Van Halen or Van Hagar? Justin Bieber or... wait, no, never mind.

The point is, we're looking forward to next week. We're not going to keep a diary of our crazy singing shenanigans like we did last year, but we're definitely going to make the most of our mic time.

That's why we're excited that St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is singing the same tune!

See also:
- Five St. Louis Karaoke Bars in Five Days: The Diary of a Sing-Along Addict
- The Five Best Places for Karaoke in St. Louis

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Video: Cardinals Pitchers Adam Wainwright and Trevor Rosenthal Perform Karaoke

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The cold never bothered them anyway.

As the Best Fans in Baseball know, St. Louis Cardinals pitchers Adam Wainwright and Trevor Rosenthal are excellent flameballers and all-around good guys. But what's finally getting everyone's attention lately is their adorable exuberance for karaoke.

See also: "Ask a Karaoke Host" Archives

At a recent benefit for Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, Wainwright and Rosenthal showed off their daddy dynamics by duetting on a karaoke version of "Love Is an Open Door" from Disney's Frozen. Both men have young daughters and other assorted family members, so we can only imagine how many times they'd been forced to listen to songs from the Oscar-winning film before finally deciding to give a tune a go -- and they did it with feeling. Lots and lots of feeling.

In the video below, Rosenthal took the part of joyful Anna, while Wainwright sang for the duplicitous Hans:

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RFT Music Writer Auditions for The Voice, Still Hates Adam Levine

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See our slideshow of photos from The Voice auditions.

Apparently, this is my year for doing weird shit and writing about it for the Riverfront Times.

In March I reported on Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con while wearing Wonder Woman, Sue Storm and Pikachu costumes. In April I went through five straight nights of karaoke in honor of National Karaoke Week. In June I realized my lifelong dream of being on a game show and was dragged on my back through beer during an air-guitar competition. Earlier this month, I tried and failed to be on Wheel of Fortune.

And now I can add "auditioned for The Voice" to this impressive resume. You're awestruck, I know.

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Five St. Louis Karaoke Bars in Five Days: The Diary of a Sing-Along Addict

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This is my life -- in my mind.

You'd best prep your favorite Barry Manilow, Nelly and Journey songs, because you're entrenched in National Karaoke Week.

Seriously, this is a thing; I'm not making it up just to jump back into the karaoke-writing game, though it's sure convenient. National Karaoke Week happens through Saturday, and it's a BFD in some parts of the country. Wait, scratch that -- it's apparently a BFD in some parts of the world, as this video from Britain shows:


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Fat Lady Sings: Karaoke Columnist Hopes You've Had the Time of Your Life

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Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodious mutterings and minimizing your friends' pain. Ask her stuff by e-mailing rftkaraoke@gmail.com or hashtagging #rftkaraoke on Twitter.

Author's Note: After covering just about every karaoke angle possible over the past six months, I'm pooped. With today's edition, "Ask a Karaoke Host" is going on hiatus. I know, I know. Please listen to that terrible Green Day song as you wipe away tears and read this maybe-sorta-final entry.

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Karaoke Night Sucks; What Do You Do?

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Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodious mutterings and minimizing your friends' pain. Ask her stuff by e-mailing rftkaraoke@gmail.com or hashtagging #rftkaraoke on Twitter.

Author's note: After covering just about every karaoke angle possible over the past six months, I'm pooped. We'll be putting this column on hiatus after the March 20 edition, so if you've got crazy questions about choosing songs, performing onstage or enduring the audience's proclivity to point and laugh at you, now's the time to send 'em to rftkaraoke@gmail.com!

Besides "Theme from New York, New York," what else should be banned from a KJ's song list? -- Highway to Hell

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You've Been Had: The Bar Is Using Karaoke to Get to Your Wallet

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Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodious mutterings and minimizing your friends' pain. Ask her stuff by emailing rftkaraoke@gmail.com or hashtagging #rftkaraoke on Twitter.

Who is karaoke for? Is it for the singers? Is it for the audience? Who is the focus of the night? -- Audience of One

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What Is Even the Point of Karaoke, Anyway?

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Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodious mutterings and minimizing your friends' pain. Ask her stuff by emailing rftkaraoke@gmail.com or hashtagging #rftkaraoke on Twitter.

What's the point of karaoke, really? It's just a bunch of lame singers who will never be in a band. -- She Hates Me

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Punching Out the Overhead Lights During a Karaoke Song: What to Do Next

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Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodious mutterings and minimizing your friends' pain. Ask her stuff by emailing rftkaraoke@gmail.com or hashtagging #rftkaraoke on Twitter.

When you try to sing "Shout at the Devil" by Motley Crue in the basement of Blueberry Hill but you suck and then accidentally punch out an overhead light, what's the most graceful way to exit the stage? -- Accidents Will Happen

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No, Playing Guitar While Singing 'Renegade' Isn't Karaoke

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Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodious mutterings and minimizing your friends' pain. Ask her stuff by emailing rftkaraoke@gmail.com or hashtagging #rftkaraoke on Twitter.

Do you ever let anyone play guitar while they karaoke a song? -- Three Chords and the Truth

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