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Florida's Incandela Returns to Sing at US Open Tennis

July 24, 2009 07:00 AM
Seven-year-old Gina Marie Incandela of Kissimmee, Fla., was announced on Friday among the 15 winning children age 12-and-under for the Third Annual US Open Casting Call, held earlier this summer at Radio City Music Hall. The 15 winners will perform at this year's US Open, Aug. 31-Sept. 13 in Flushing Meadows, NY.

Incandela, who learned to sing as part of her therapy for autism, returns for her second appearance on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Incandela has performed on "The Today Show," at Major League Baseball games and at Disney's Wide World of Sports. Most recently, she dazzled the crowd by singing the National Anthem at four Orlando Magic playoff games, all of them victories.

Each of the 15 children will perform in front of anticipated sellout crowds in Arthur Ashe Stadium, one of the premier stages in all of sports and entertainment. Over 200 hopefuls auditioned at Radio City Music Hall, where performances were conducted in front of a panel of three celebrity judges -- former "American Idol" runner-up Diana Degarmo, Mike Indelicato of the hit show "Ugly Betty," and past Arthur Ashe Kids' Day performer Lil Mama.

Incandela is also recording a duet, "Butterfly," with Grammy-award winning R&B singer Chaka Khan as part of the "Miracle Project," a CD showcasing the musical talents of children with autism, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Orange County Commissioner Mildred Fernandez is also presenting the Orlando Magic's lucky charm with a proclamation, calling July 25, 2009 "Gina Marie Incandela Day."

The 15 children will join a group of music industry leaders who have performed at the US Open over the years, ranging from Tony Bennett and Aretha Franklin to Liza Minnelli and Boyz II Men. The US Open remains the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world.





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