“Wake me up inside, call my name and save me from the dark,” Anderson’s Pasha Moore sang out at the Summer Heat Air Festival in Muncie last weekend. “Bid my blood to run, before I come undone, save me from the nothing I’ve become.”

“Bring me to Life” by Evanescence was one of the many songs Moore performed at the World Karaoke Championship sponsored by Red Hot Entertainment at the Muncie air show.

This was the first year the karaoke competition ran in conjunction with the air festival. The competition included three stages of elimination performances in which contestants sang two songs each. The event was rained out on Saturday evening after only one song, leading to a long day of competition on Sunday.

“Sunday morning we sang two more songs to qualify for the next round of competition. Then we sang two more songs on Sunday evening. After that there was a five-way tie and we had to sing one more song,” Moore said with a trace of exhaustion in her voice.

The Evanescence song was her final performance on Sunday, and it was enough to win the competition and send her on her way to Miami, Fla., to compete in the KWBC USA Karaoke Olympics July 28-30.

Karaoke contests were held throughout the state to qualify for the competition at the Summer Heat Festival. Contestants also came from neighboring states as well as a few people who made a much longer journey. The winner of the men’s competition came all the way from Hawaii and will be joining Moore in Miami. Moore had won The Red Hot Karaoke Support Our Troops “King and Queen” of East Central Indiana Karaoke contest last winter.

Moore estimated there were more than 45 people in the contest.

“I chose to sing pop and country songs to show my versatility,” Moore said.

In addition to Evanescence she performed Christina Aguilera’s “Lady Marmalade,” “God Bless America” and Gretchen Wilson’s “All Jacked Up.” Moore also sang the national anthem to open the weekend’s events on Friday.

Moore has been singing karaoke since she was 21 and has been competing locally for the past seven years. This is the most difficult competition she has been in and spoke highly of the competition.

“There were a lot of good singers, very tiring but it was worth it. It was a really, really hard competition,” Moore said.

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