You may not have known it, but there is indeed a Karaoke World Championship – and it's been won by a Minnesotan.
On Saturday, in Helsinki, Finland, Mikko Blaze Bordeaux of Minneapolis placed first in the "Solo" category, officially becoming the world champion for the 2018 competition.
An elated Bordeaux took to Facebook after his victory with the following announcement:
As Fox 9 points out, the win holds special meaning and sets a new precedent, as Bordeaux is the first transgender person to win the title – thanks to the championship having eliminated its gender categories.
To mark the significance of his advancement to the final round, Bordeaux performed with a transgender flag, and afterwards posted on Facebook, "To my transgender family, that was for you!"
Bordeaux, a chef by trade, tells Fox 9 that he got his start in the karaoke world three years ago performing at Cliff and Norms in North Minneapolis; eventually, he started singing competitively, leading him to the world championships.
According to his Facebook profile, he earned "Silver" status in the 2017 world championship.
As the winner of this year's competition, he's in for a cash prize and a sponsor prize, and gets an all-expenses-paid invite to perform at next year's World Final Event, the championship's website says.
In the wake of his win, Bordeaux seems to enjoying the sights in Helsinki, as evidenced by his social media posts.