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Nudists belt out karaoke tunes August 17, 1996
Web posted at: 7:20 p.m. EDT (0120 GMT)

TAMPA, Florida (CNN) -- The karaoke craze that swept the nation is now hitting a smaller section of the population -- nudists.

A growing number of nudists are becoming regulars at weekly karaoke bars, jumping on stage to belt out a tune in the nude.

So far, nude karaoke has been met with admiration and nonchalance.

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Bob, a Canadian nudist, enjoys the freedom of singing without the confines of clothes. "It's great. You can sing; you don't have to worry about how you are dressed. You just put on your skin and let out a tune," he says.

Non-nudists enjoy the show as well, expressing admiration for the singers' guts, if not for their ability. One clothed patron says being naked does not make him uncomfortable ... singing on stage does.

"Taking your clothes off is not scary. It's the singing that is the scary part. I mean, anybody can take their clothes off. It's the singing that gets real hard. You don't want to make a fool of yourself," he adds.

The performing nudists claim they are not self-conscious about appearing on stage and are proud to be able to express themselves.

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