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Online Public Voting Opens Today for
ESPN’s Boca Raton Bowl Idol Competition
Presented by the City of Boca Raton 

Tickets Now on Sale for
Live Finale on
September 28
Featuring Public’s Top Five Picks

BOCA RATON, Fla. (September 1, 2022) – The public is now “recruited” to help bowl organizers choose the 2022 Boca Raton Bowl National Anthem Performer by casting their votes online beginning today, September 1. After auditions were carefully reviewed by the Bowl’s National Anthem Contest Committee, the Top 10 will be featured for online voting on so the public can help narrow down the competition field to five finalists.

The five auditions that receive the highest number of public votes will take the stage at the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center to compete live at the open-to-the-public Idol event presented by the City of Boca Raton on Wednesday evening, September 28 at 6 p.m. This live finale will determine who will win the opportunity to perform the National Anthem on-field during opening ceremonies held prior to the game that will be televised nationally on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. from FAU Stadium on Tuesday, December 20.

Public Voting Opens Thursday, September 1

The Top 10 auditions selected from dozens of South Florida vocalists and instrumentalists, amateurs and professionals, individuals and groups, who entered the talent competition will be featured on  from Thursday, September 1 at Noon through Wednesday, September 14, at 11:59 p.m. The public is invited to vote for their favorite(s) once per day throughout this round of the competition. The Top Five finalists will be announced on Thursday, September 15.

The Top 10 contestants vying to be the Bowl’s National Anthem performer are:

  • Team Definition Studios, band, professional
  • Hadas Levy, soloist, professional
  • Brittany Muirhead, soloist, amateur
  • Florenza Campos, soloist, professional
  • Jenna DelGardo, soloist, professional
  • Alisha Harvey, soloist, professional
  • Emily Shecter, soloist, professional
  • Deborah Joy Schneider, soloist, professional
  • Jillian Flaherty, soloist, amateur
  • Rylee Siegel, soloist, professional

Boca Raton Marriott to Host Public Finalists Night on September 28
Benefiting Spirit of Giving Network

The Idol event takes center stage at the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center on Wednesday, September 28 at 6 p.m. where the Top Five finalists will perform a “song of their choice” for a panel of judges and live audience. The audience will have the chance to cheer on and vote for their favorite contestant, and a combination of those audience votes and judges’ selections will determine the Top Three. The final three will then perform the National Anthem to determine the 2022 Idol winner.

Admission to the September 28 live finale is $25 per person and $35 per person at the door. There will be food and beverages at the event. Proceeds from the event will benefit Spirit of Giving Network’s Annual Holiday Gift Drive that brings holiday magic and cheer to more than 6,000 underprivileged children. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 561-385-0144.

This competition is one of several countdown events to the 2022 Boca Raton Bowl that will kick off the Tuesday evening before Christmas on December 20 at
7:30 p.m. ET at FAU Stadium and will air live nationally on ESPN as well on ESPN Radio and locally on ESPN 106.3 FM. Conference affiliations for this year’s matchup include the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference, Mountain West Conference, Sun Belt Conference, and selected independents.

The Boca Raton is a celebrated annual holiday tradition in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County that lives up to its other name “Boca’s Biggest Annual Outdoor Party.” It is also the only collegiate Bowl game in Palm Beach County featuring all the pomp and circumstance of a traditional bowl event. It is a high-energy, entertaining experience for both college football fans and non-fans alike and allows the national spotlight to shine on Boca Raton and Palm Beach County.

For more community countdown events that benefit Bowl Charity Partner Spirit of Giving Network and game week info, visit and/or follow through social media on Facebook (, Twitter (@BocaBowl), and Instagram (@BocaBowl).


The Boca Raton Bowl is one of 17 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. The Boca Raton Bowl debuted in 2014 and has been well received in the community through its first eight years. It has twice held the distinction of matching up two conference champions – Marshall University vs. Northern Illinois University (2014), and UAB vs. Northern Illinois (2018). In all, six conference champions and another three conference division champions have played in the game. Among the bowl’s alumni who have moved on to the NFL are current New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (BYU, 2020), Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary (FAU, 2017) and Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott (Memphis, 2016). For more information about the Boca Raton Bowl visit or follow through social media on Facebook (, Twitter (@BocaBowl), and Instagram (@BocaBowl).

ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of collegiate sporting events nationwide. In 2022, the 32-event schedule includes three early-season college football kickoff games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, and a college softball event, which account for approximately 400 hours of live programming, while reaching nearly 64 million viewers and attracting over 800,000 annual attendees. With satellite offices in more than 10 cities across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools, and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans. For more information, visit the official websiteFacebookTwitter or YouTube pages.


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