Just days before the World Series starts, here’s a question many seem to have opinions about: Who will be performing the national anthem when the Fall Classic gets underway here Tuesday?
In a KansasCity.com poll, homegrown opera star Joyce DiDonato was leading as of Saturday evening with about one-third (32 percent) of the 10,300-plus votes cast so far.
In second place, but far behind DiDonato, is former “American Idol” David Cook, a Blue Springs native, with 17 percent.
Third, with 12 percent, is Lorde, whose hit “Royals” was inspired by a picture of Royals great George Brett in National Geographic.
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In fourth place was former “X-Factor” winner Tate Stevens, a country singer from the Belton-Raymore area (9 percent). In fifth place was R&B singer Janelle Monae (5 percent).
Fans of DiDonato, who grew up in Prairie Village, have been using the hashtag #LetJoyceSing on Twitter.
Two petitions on change.org call for the mezzo-soprano to perform the anthem. One describes her as “a proud, active Kansas City native and lifelong Royals fan” who is “arguably the world’s most famous opera singer right now.” About 2,300 people had signed that petition as of Saturday morning.
The other petition, with about 600 supporters so far, calls for DiDonato to sing backed by the Kansas City Symphony.
“NO WORDS for how fab u guys r. THANK YOU!!” DiDonato tweeted Friday in response to the online campaigns. She is active on Twitter and has about 26,000 followers.
So far there’s been no announcement from the Royals on who will be singing the anthem before the first game Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.
By the way, the last time the Royals played in the World Series (yep, in 1985), Reba McEntire was one of the performers of the anthem.
Whom would you like to see sing? Go to KansasCity.com to vote now.