Falcons, DAVE FM announce National Anthem competition

BIRDLAND – For all of you singers who didn’t make the American Idol cut, the Falcons have another opportunity for

Whitney Houston has set the standard on how to perform the National Anthem.

Whitney Houston has set the standard on how to perform the National Anthem.


The team along with its radio partner, 92.9 Dave FM, will conduct a National Anthem competition to determine a performer for a home game this season.

(My repeated requests of the team to line up Decatur’s Keri HIlson for the National Anthem have fallen on deaf ears. Also, Monica, who did a great job with the anthem during the NBA Finals in Boston, should be considered.)

Participants must submit their video performance via YouTube by July 5.

The top finalists will be posted online at www.atlantafalcons.com/perform and fans will be given the opportunity to vote for who they would like to see perform the National Anthem at a game this season.

Monica sang the National anthem before Game 3 of the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

The lovely Monica sang the National anthem before Game 3 of the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

Before we get to the rules, let me give you all five singing tips. Over the years as a sportswriter, I’ve listened to thousands of National Anthems.

The Barenaked Ladies (Associated Press).

The Barenaked Ladies (Associated Press).

Now, on to the rules:


1. The Anthem should be no longer than 1 minute and 30 seconds.

2. Acappella is preferred but musical instruments are accepted.

3. Must be 13 years of age or older to submit an entry.

4. Groups are acceptable, but no groups larger than 6 members.

5. Limit one entry per person or group.

6. Videotaped performance must have occurred in the last two years.

7. Video must be uploaded to YouTube.com (No Exceptions).

8. Deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, July 5.

9. Falcons and Dave FM associates will choose finalists.

10. Finalists posted at www.atlantafalcons.com/perform beginning on Monday, July 12.

11. Fan voting begins on Monday, July 12 and ends at 5 p.m. EST on Thursday, July 15.

12. Winner(s) announced on Friday, July 16 at www.atlantafalcons.com/perform.

13. Submitting entry grants the Atlanta Falcons and Dave FM right to publish entry online or broadcast entry on air at 92.9 Dave FM.

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June 25th, 2010
1:09 pm


June 25th, 2010
1:12 pm

I said it go ahead and jump all over me everyone !
when will the winner get to perform ?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 25th, 2010
1:14 pm

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN — They didn’t specify the game. So that’s a TBA — TO BE ANNOUNCED.

Waffle House Fight Club

June 25th, 2010
1:31 pm

I know a deaf guy that would love to do this.

Greased up deaf guy

June 25th, 2010
1:49 pm

Enter your comments here


June 25th, 2010
1:50 pm

Something missing from the rules…how is the link to the youtube clip submitted to Dave FM? Or do they just plan to search youtube for every National Anthem clip? That could take a while.


June 25th, 2010
2:01 pm

I can sing the national anthem.

But I only know it in Yiddish.

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June 25th, 2010
2:48 pm

I wouldn’t mind another stab at it. You don’t mind a little crotch grabbing, and that I’m off-key, do you?

Falcons Fan

June 25th, 2010
3:00 pm

Visit the link below for the official rules. You have to fill out an entry form as well and this is the place to let the Atlanta Falcons know the URL on youtube that your video has been uploaded to: http://www.signup4.net/Public/ap.aspx?EID=20102107E


June 25th, 2010
4:39 pm

Thank you Falcons Fan!

I'm just sayin

June 26th, 2010
8:34 pm

I know the words.


June 26th, 2010
9:18 pm

I can sing it sign language. Wait a minute, is that possible?