Semi-finalists announced for Detroit's 2016 Super Singer competition during Ford Fireworks
The Voice finalists Laith Al-Saadi will help select the winner
DETROIT – "The Voice" finalist Laith Al-Saadi will help pick the 2016 Super Singer on June 27 live on WDIV Local 4 during the Ford Fireworks show.
Al-Saadi, fresh off his success on the hit TV show, will join our judge's panel to pick a winner in the annual singing competition that's part of "The Ford Fireworks." MotorCity Casino Hotel is sponsoring the 2016 Super Singer competition.
Local 4 producers narrowed the sizable field of entrants down to four after watching hundreds of audition videos and calling back dozens of talented singers.
The four semi-finalists are:
- Cherri Black of Redford
- Byron Cancelmo of West Bloomfield
- Grace Lee of Rochester
- Brianna Seaborn of Detroit
The semi-finalists will perform before hundreds of thousands of television viewers during the June 27 broadcast of “The Ford Fireworks” – live from The Parade Company’s exclusive rooftop venue overlooking the Detroit River. Local 4 is the longtime, exclusive TV partner of the event.
They'll sing their first round songs in front of a panel of judges during “The Ford Fireworks Countdown” from 7 to 8 p.m. The judges’ booster votes will be added to viewers’ online votes cast during the 8 to 9 p.m. hour. Right after the Olympic Swim Trials (8 to 9 p.m.), “The Ford Fireworks” continues from 9 to 11 p.m. The top two singers will be announced live at the beginning of the show and will go on to sing a second round song. The winner is in the hands of the audience who can vote on ClickOnDetroit during the fireworks display.
The panel of judges includes Al-Saadi of Ann Arbor, Motown Museum CEO Robin Terry, and Local 4’s “Live in the D” hosts Chuck Gaidica and Tati Amare. Chief Meteorologist Ben Bailey hosts the competition.
One lucky at-home viewer who votes for his or her favorite Super Singer will win a $500 gift card courtesy of Somerset Collection. The Super Singer winner receives a $2,500 cash prize and will open for The Beach Boys & The Four Tops at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre on August 20, 2016.
Anchors Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian and Ben Bailey, along with Chuck Gaidica, Tati Amare and Jason Carr host this primetime special. “The Ford Fireworks” is the highest-rated local entertainment television event of the summer and one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays.
Last year’s Super Singer winner, Angela Davis, will sing both the American and Canadian national anthems as helicopters fly by with each country’s flag on display in the night sky.
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