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Kill or be killed: Inside the cutthroat world of national anthem singer tryouts

There is nothing more thrilling than hearing someone sing the national anthem live before a hockey game. But have you ever wondered who the anthem singers are and more importantly, how they got the job? In this documentary we meet Sasha Blaire the person who decides who our anthem singers will be.
Eight-time Juno Award and three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan sings the Canadian national anthem accompanied by choir members from the Sarah McLachlan School of Music prior to the start of the 2014 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic at BC Place in Vancouver on Sunday. (Derek Leung/Getty Images)
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There is nothing more thrilling than hearing someone sing the national anthem live before a hockey game. But have you ever wondered who the anthem singers are and more importantly, how they got the job? In this documentary we meet Sasha Blaire the person who decides who our anthem singers will be.

"This is the most important singing gig in the world which is why the tryouts have to be so hard," says Blaire.

"We have to make sure our anthem singers are tough, talented and can handle the pressure."

Click listen and learn how getting past these grueling tryouts can change a person's life forever.