Skip to main content
Publish date:

Minneapolis singer crowned world champion of karaoke

He was announced as the winner of the global competition in Finland on Saturday.

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. 

Next Up

u.s. attorney

Guilty plea from man who stockpiled guns, equipment to make bombs, drugs

Prosecutors say he had multiple guns, items to make weapons and pipe bombs, and lab equipment to make drugs.

polaris Ranger XP Kinetic

Here is Polaris' new electric Ranger off-road vehicle

The Minnesota-based company unveiled the electric UTV on Wednesday.

MNWOSO_Aurora

MN women's soccer team narrows name, logo options to final 3

The winning nickname and logo will be announced in January.

Kirill Kaprizov

2nd period surge leads Wild to fourth straight win

With three goals in the second, the Wild blasted the last-place Coyotes.

Gopher Basketball / R.J. Stephens

Late-tip in helps Gophers pass first big test, improve to 6-0

Luke Loewe's bucket with 2.4 seconds remaining helped the Gophers stay undefeated.

ambulance

Man, 40, found dead stuck in air duct at his Otter Tail Co. home

The discovery was made by family members Monday morning.

Biden Minnesota visit stream screengrab - 11.30.31

What Biden said during his visit to Minnesota Tuesday

The president spoke at Dakota County Technical College.

Grand Marais

Cook County registers its first COVID-19 death of the pandemic

The sparsely populated, highly-vaccinated county has continuously had one of the lowest rates of COVID in the state.

Waits family screengrab CNN

Support for MN family after anti-maskers target child of school board chair

An online group opposing Kelsey Waits outed the child as transgender.

Pixabay - school - classroom

St. Paul schools add 2 days to winter break due to pandemic stress

The added days off are meant to acknowledge the stress the pandemic has caused.

Related

Prince tribute at First Avenue

3 Minneapolis music venues ranked among best in U.S., the world

Two are jazz venues, and the third is a legendary rock venue.

Children's Theater Company (CTC)

Children's Theater Company to remain closed until March 2021

They'll be streaming two productions this fall, though.

Leah Ottman, aka LOTT

Acclaimed Minneapolis violinist and singer Leah Ottman dies at 33

She also performed as LOTT, the name of her solo project.

Screen Shot 2019-09-14 at 8.57.06 AM

Check out 'Cosmic Day,' a previously unreleased Prince track

It'll be included on a reissue of "Sign o' the Times"