Chicagoan makes finals on 'Karaoke Battle USA'

September 16, 2011 4:35:48 AM PDT
Josh Scholl, 28, is an aspiring musician and artist from Chicago with a passion for 80s music.

He sometimes goes by stage names like Roger Diamond and Sal Minella. His day job is as a leasing agent for a local realty company.

Josh had severe asthma as a kid and his father, who is a music teacher, suggested 7-year-old Josh start taking singing lessons to strengthen his lungs. His parents bought him a karaoke machine and he's been singing ever since. Josh likes to sing current, upbeat music, but really wants to bring back Rock and Roll. His family is very supportive and he feels karaoke is not just singing, but a way to show people who you really are.

Joey Fatone Hosts, and Judges Include Singing Superstar Carnie Wilson, Music Journalist Joe Levy and 2009 Karaoke Champion Brian Scott

Did you know that some of America's biggest singing sensations started with karaoke? Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and others began that way. So who will be the next singer to leap from the karaoke circuit to superstardom?

"Karaoke Battle U.S.A." shines the spotlight on the best karaoke singers across the country in six one-hour episodes hosted by Joey Fatone (*NSYNC, "Dancing w/the Stars").

Fatone and a judging panel that includes singer/songwriter and TV host Carnie Wilson, music journalist Joe Levy (Maxim, Rolling Stone) and 2009 National Karaoke Champion Brian Scott will travel to the regional competitions, semi-finals and finals, along with officials from the pre-eminent Karaoke World Championships USA organization, which crowns two U.S. champs each year.

As part of "Karaoke Battle U.S.A.", the best male and female performers at each regional competition will move on to Los Angeles where they will square off for the titles of King and Queen of Karaoke. In addition to those bragging rights, winners will also receive a prize package that includes a Hollywood Records recording contract and a trip to compete at the Karaoke World Championships in Ireland later this year.

Josh sings "Somebody to Love"

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