British karaoke singers have won the inaugural world championships after the Japanese refused to compete.
The Japanese said the competition was not in the spirit of karaoke
Held in the small Finnish town of Heinola, 70 singers from seven countries battled it out on Saturday night into the small hours of Sunday morning.
In front of a 500-strong crowd, British restaurant worker Danni Gadby, 23, and stock analyst Uche Eke, 31, of Milton Keynes, were crowned champions.
Among their winning repertoire were hits from Frank Sinatra including Fly Me To The Moon.
But they were without the strong competition of Japanese karaoke fans.
Organisers said Japan and other karaoke-crazy Asian nations
refused to take part, claiming there was no tradition of karaoke
However that did not stop the other contestants taking their big chances seriously.
One Polish competitor even tried to swing the crowd with a strip on
stage before climbing a roof support.
"It is a bunch of music star wannabes and very few of them
have what it takes to become a star," said Thomas Heinonen, a
jury member and a music producer from neighbouring Sweden.