And the winner is…nobody.

If one enters a prestigious music competition and doesn’t win, one can usually console oneself with the “worthy rival” theory: “I did really well–it’s just that someone else did even better.”

Not so for those who entered the 2008 Richard Tucker Award competition. The award, established in honor of the late tenor and carrying a cash prize of $30,000, is given to “an American singer poised on the edge of a major national and international career.” But this year, the jury didn’t feel like it had heard such a singer, I guess–so no award was given.

Not everyone went home empty-handed, though. Six promising singers were awarded either a $10,000 Richard Tucker Career Grant or a $5000 Sara Tucker Study Grant.

Find out more about the Richard Tucker Awards here.

Let Richard Tucker himself break your heart here.