Journos Turn Out for Karaoke

NBC News’ Ali Weinberg and Shawna Thomas were the biggest hits of the night last night at Karaoke in the Capital, an annual fundraising event at the Rock n’ Roll hotel in which journalists get on stage and sing. Many can actually carry a tune. Some horribly can’t, but it’s the cause, right? The event, hosted by The American Assoc. of Political Consultants, was billed as a “night of fun and bad singing.” All proceeds go to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

Here’s the rundown of participants and what they sang…

House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s Dep. Chief of Staff for Communications Doug Heye: That’s Life, Frank Sinatra, TWT‘s Peter Parisi
CNN’s Brianna Keilar: I’m Just a Girl, No Doubt
PBS’ Christina Bellantoni: Criminal, Fiona Apple; Wannabe, Spice Girls
Weinberg: Livin’ on a Prayer, Bon Jovi (complete with wicked air guitar solo); (singing and playing the hell out of her accordian) – Glory Days, Bruce Springsteen
Thomas: and the Shawna-ettes: Rumor Has It, Adele

“Some guy singing a craptastically bad version of Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On,” a  Fishbowl spy remarked. Parisi told FishbowlDC, “Fun was had by all. The only problem was the karaoke jockey (KJ) didn’t have the song I wanted to do, so I had to change it at the 11th hour.” So what did he sing? “I wanted to do a medley of both the hard rock and acoustic versions of ‘Layla by Eric Clapton, but the KJ had only the acoustic version,” he explained. “I didn’t find that out until I got there, so I did ‘I Only Wanna Be With You’ by Samantha Fox.”

A final group singalong to Dancing in the Dark degenerated into competing chants of “Obama” and “Romney.” Sigh. It is Washington, right?