A panel of judges chose two Finns as the male and female champions — Sam Moudden and Maria Saarimaa-Ylitalo. They were awarded karaoke machines. Moudden, sharply dressed in Rat Pack style, performed "Je Suis Malade" and the purple-gowned Saarimaa-Ylitalo sang Celine Dion's "I Surrender."
Two singers who stretched karaoke's boundaries beyond the usual pop favorites placed second. Fedor Rytikov, a gastroenterologist by day, advanced to the finals with the "Nessum Dorma" aria from "Turandot," then stayed with Italian music for the final with "L'Immensita."
Russia's Julia Kurileva was second with the most adventurous choice of the night — the wordless and eerie wailing of Pink Floyd's "Great Gig In The Sky."
Tami Marie, also of Albuquerque, placed third among the women and Austria's Georg Duschlbauer was third among the men.