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Be proud, Massachusetts. One of your local bands -- a three-piece out of Foxborough -- has been endorsed by "The Jerry Springer Show." Local punk act the Pity Whores flew to Chicago earlier this week to tape an episode of the salacious tabloid show after being named one of three finalists in "Springer Singer Search," a talent contest open to any musician or band with a song about Springer. The Pity Whores happened to have a song called "Jerry Springer Show," so the three 20somethings sent in a video performance of the tune. They were subsequently tapped to fly to the set to compete "American Idol"-style for a $5,000 prize.

How did the band hear of the competition, you ask? "Our bass player was cut back 10 hours a week at work so he was pretty much sitting on his butt all day and had nothing to do but watch TV," explained drummer Matt Lisowski, who called when he was "half in the wrapper" after getting off the plane from Chicago. Lisowski -- who we hear stripped down to a bra at some point during the performance -- said the band's families are as proud as they can be. "My mom said to me that she'd much rather see me on the Springer show for what we did" -- as opposed to the reasons people are usually on "Springer" (cheating, paternity tests, prostitution, etc.).

The "Spinger Singer" episode airs May 20.

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Mark Shanahan joined The Boston Globe in 2003, having worked previously at the Portland Press Herald, where he covered City Hall, and the Lewiston Sun-Journal, where he was the education reporter. A Northampton native and graduate of Bates College, Shanahan enjoys the usual - books, music, movies, etc. - as well as the unusual.
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