Phillies holding a delightful singing contest

The Phillies are hoping you like singing and letters that double as words as they launch the first "R U Game? Talent Search," this Saturday, March 8, the winner of which will get to warble our nation's hymn prior to a Phillies game. Four runners-up will be forced to sing "God Bless America" at a game instead.

There will be no celebrity judges until the final round and the team is keeping any potential names secret until the time comes. The cast of characters includes, per the press release:

- Professional recording artists and back-up singers who have performed with Kelly Clarkson and opened for country artist Jimmy Wayne

- Classically trained opera singers

- Marine (74-years-old) who sang the national anthem at Veterans Stadium in 2001

- Former prospects for NBC’s The Voice

- Singers who have sung the nation anthem for Phillies minor league affiliates, the Reading Fightins and Lehigh Valley IronPigs, and are now trying to make it to the big leagues

- Former anthem performers for Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Camden Riversharks and Temple Owls men’s basketball

- Singers who have NEVER performed in public before

- Former FOX29 X-Factor contest participant

- Finalist of FOX’s Master Chef

Kind of makes you wonder if the Master Chef person may have grabbed the wrong form.

But no matter! From this group, 15 singers will be chosen and judged by a panel of mystery celebrities. Probably, the Phanatic will be one of them, as he often shows up at these things, though he is stricken with the obvious handicap of not having a voice.