PHOTOS: H Street Karaoke Championship
BYGays | Feb 1, 2012 | 10:30AM |

All Photos: Matthew Streib

When Sticky Rice Karaeoke King Andrew Herndon invited the BYGays to celebrity judge the H Street Karaoke Championship last Thursday, we didn’t need to know the details. We immediately said yes.  If you’re familiar with the H Street karaoke scene (yes, it’s a scene) it involved outrageous, costumed performances centering at Sticky Rice and Little Miss Whiskey ‘s.  They’re basically drag shows with vocal talent.

The BYGays were joined on the judges couch by Lily, who killed it as the winner of last year’s championship.  While we were judging on skill and presentation, we were also swayed by free shots and gratuitous affection by the straight boys in the competition.

Contestants went through several rounds, with several weeded out early for simply singing but not doing much out.  However, most were outstanding, including a stellar live recreation of A-Ha‘s “Take On Me”, complete with sketch-drawing animation.

Ultimately, Mollie Lemon walked away the victor having won the crowd over with  enthusiastic and skilled rapping (not using the prompter at all) on Young MC’s “Bust A Move,” as well as an emotionally moving cover of Kris Kross’ “Jump”.  Her reward was a cash prize of $500 and a big-ass trophy.

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Recent Comments:
  • Jack says:

    That “Take On Me” guy was pretty awesome in that bit.

  • Miss Debbi says:

    thanks so much for judging and adding to the fun! and thanks for the great photos! I’d love to see if there are more that didn’t make it in the piece…you can shoot me a message through the Kostume Karaoke FB page. And I hope to see you boys there soon!!

    Looking forward to next year already!

    Miss Debbi, Kostume Karaoke KJ @Little Miss Whiskeys and co-presenter of this event.

    (most of the costumes you see in the photos can be found at LMW on Wednesday nights!) 🙂

    Also, shout out of thanks to Rodney of Dangerously Delicious Pies, who was the fourth judge and the provider of the pies that led to the final photograph. (in case you thought someone was singing karaoke with a face full of blueberries. which could happen. )