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We selected nine talented finalists who auditioned at Reliant Stadium to perform the National Anthem before the Houston Texans host the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 18 at the Home for the Holidays game.

After nearly 200,000 votes were cast, the winner is Mary Sarah!

To learn more about Mary Sarah, scroll below. Also, you can view the auditions of the other finalists as well.

Last year, the grand prize winner was Julia Cole (audition video). In 2009, Hans Stockenberger was the contest winner (video).

Mary Sarah was the leading vote-getter in the National Anthem contest.

NAME: Mary Sarah (@MarySarahMusic)

AGE: 16

HOMETOWN: Richmond, Texas

SINGING EXPERIENCE: 6 years, on tour at age 12 recording with country legends Dolly Parton, Ray Price and Lynn Anderson

WHY DID YOU ENTER THIS CONTEST: I was selected to sing for opening day for the Astros and just LOVE to sing the Star Spangled Banner

HOW DID YOU RALLY FOR VOTES: Facebook, friends, Twitter, YouTube and my social media sites!  Also, my grandparents' friends in Florida!

FAVORITE MUSICAL ARTIST: Carrie Underwood

FAVORITE RENDITION OF NATIONAL ANTHEM: Martina McBride

MUSICAL INSPIRATION: The fans and crowd!

FAVORITE SONG: "Where The Boys Are" by Connie Frances!

FAVORITE TEXANS PLAYER: Duh, Arian Foster!



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