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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -

Tensions were high at TicketReturn.com Field Tuesday evening, as dozens of locals performed the National Anthem.

People of all ages and skill levels stepped up to the mic -- all of them just hoping for their chance in the spotlight.

"It would be amazing.  I love singing, and I love being in front of a group of people and performing, so I would cry," 12 year old Michelle Shoup said after her audition.

For others, like Ozzy Wheaton, this wasn't their first rodeo.

"I did this last year, but I came out and was sick, and didn't feel comfortable,"  Wheaton said.

The 52 year old is a former cruise ship performer with a long history of singing who's looking to get back behind the mic.

"I came off the ships after 15 years, and it's very tough to break into a new community,"  he said.

Tuesday may have been his big chance.

He had some pretty stiff competition, with a few other locals who could really hit the high notes.

Some others had enough trouble just remembering the words.

But overall, the panel of three judges had some tough decisions to make.

"We were judging on a 1 to 10 criteria for vocal quality, overall presentation, voice projection,"  BJ Kinard said.  "Also, do you know the lyrics to the song?  You'd be surprised, I did have to help someone out, and I was surprised I knew it."

Now, with the auditions out of the way, all of the singers will just have to wait.

"I think I did well, I was comfortable," Wheaton said.

"They had a sign up sheet where you put your number, so I'm guessing they call," Shoup said.

The Pelicans will call those who have been chosen to sing at a home game.

The team opens its season on April 4 against Wilmington.  You can view the 2013 season schedule here.

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