Here Are The Singers Competing In Next Week’s ‘American Idol For The Geek Set’

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Earlier this month, I wrote about Silicon Valley Voice, a karaoke competition for the tech world hosted by Silicon Valley Bank and Coverflow (a cover band made up of techies, including Mayfield Fund’s Tim Chang, Facebook’s Ethan Beard, and Fandalism’s Philip Kaplan). Now, the finalists have been selected, and you don’t even have to wait until next week’s event to hear them sing.

Coverflow member (and Mayfield managing director) Raj Kapoor  tells me that all of the regular tickets have sold out, with 800 RSVPs. But the organizers convinced Silicon Valley Bank to expand the budget, which means there’s room for another 200 people. You can apply to attend the event here. The application, Kapoor says, is just to confirm that you work in tech.

The event (described in an invite as “American Idol for the geek set”) will be held on Oct. 3 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, and the winner will be chosen by judges including Mike Arrington, August Capital’s David Hornik, and Soundtracking founder Steve Jang.

Are the contestants actually going to be good? Well, despite some of my initial skepticism, it looks like these guys are, for the most part, serious musicians, and some of these videos are actually pretty rad. But hey, you can judge for yourself — here are they are:

Christina Dunham, VP marketing/business development, Froomz

Sara Oliver, executive assistant, Electronic Arts

Madhu Punjabi, strategic partner development manager, Google

Ian Brown, VP marketing, PagerDuty

Allen Mask, product specialist, Google

Andy Barton, tech recruiter, self-employed

Andrew Chung, partner, Khosla Ventures