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Hollis teen performs at Gillette Stadium

Friday, April 5, 2013

Caroline Burns, 13, of Hollis, was selected by former The Voice and American Idol contestants to perform the “National Anthem” at Gillette Stadium before 2013 New England Revolution Game on March 23.

The Voice Season 2 contestant, James Massone, and Season 11 American Idol Top 10 finalist, Erika Van Pelt, had their chance to sit at the judging table for a change March 19 during the first New England Revolution National Anthem Auditions at the Lansdowne Pub in Massachusetts.

The former TV singing stars were joined by fellow guest judges, including New England Revolution midfielder Clyde Simms and Berklee College of Music marketing professor, Stephanie Kellar – all tasked with cutting down 19 finalists to three winners. Radio personality Kennedy from Mix 104.1’s Karson & Kennedy served as the evening’s emcee.

Caroline started off the night signing Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” Each contestant, including Caroline, was given 60 seconds to sing the song of their choice before the field was whittled down to six finalists, each of which received the chance to perform their rendition of the anthem before the crowd.

Caroline, Brothers McCann of Boston, and Whitney Doucet of Fitchburg, Mass., were eventually crowned the winners, each receiving an invitation to perform the “National Anthem” before upcoming New England Revolution home games this season.

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