Big time music producer goes into the audience and plucks a volunteer to sing — who grabs the mike, heads for the stage and nails a Sinatra classic. Has to be a ringer, right?
Actually, no. Aspiring singer Jose Laguna, 30, came to Sunday’s Kennedy Center Spring Gala with the goal of somehow meeting host David Foster, the hit songwriter who’s worked with Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Jewel, Chris Botti and other stars. During the gala, Foster joked that he was looking for the next “Kennedy Center Idol.” Laguna jumped up and shouted, “Over here,” then headed to the stage to sing “Fly Me To The Moon.”
It was a gamble that paid off: A supportive friend paid $2,000 for two tickets so that the New York singer might bump into Foster. Instead, Laguna got a made-for-tv moment in front of 2,400 people in the Concert Hall. “It shocked me that he gave the opportunity for audience members to perform and I wanted to capitalize on that,” he told us. The two men exchanged numbers during the post-show reception and plan to follow up.