Greenfield Idol - Feb. 21, 2013
GREENFIELD — The audience voted and the judges had their say, and now the field for this year’s Greenfield Idol has been reduced to five.
The contestants who made the cut – (pictured above from left) William Garrett, a senior at Greenfield-Central High School; Mary Levering, G-C senior; Megan Manning, sophomore at Franklin Central; Stephanie McDole, sophomore at Mt. Vernon; and Shelby Myers, G-C junior – move to the finals, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts, 122 W. Main St. downtown.
As the contestants prepared for Saturday, they reflected on their experiences in the first round.
“The atmosphere backstage was friendly,” Garrett said. “Everyone had a good time together getting over their nervousness.”
“We all asked questions of each other to break the ice,” McDole added. “It was a nice and peaceful atmosphere.”
Having submitted her song selections for Saturday, McDole said she is ready to face off with the competition.
“Everyone who made it to the finals is going to be bringing their ‘A’ game,” she said. “I’m glad I get to be a part of the ‘fight to the finish.’”
“It’s a great feeling to move on to the final round,” he said, “to think that the judges and the crowd thought that I performed well enough to compete for the championship.”
The second round of the competition will feature each singer twice, an opportunity Garrett said he plans to maximize: “I’ll add a slow song into the mix with an energetic one.”
Event organizer Christine Schaefer said the final round is always exciting.
“We have additional entertainment from the Hearts Ablaze Cloggers,” she said, “and last year’s Greenfield Idol winner, Allison Thomas, will be on hand to not only sing, but hand out the awards to the winners.”
That winner earns not only the title of Greenfield Idol, but also the $300 prize.
As for the audience, those who held on to their tickets from last Saturday’s competition can attend the finals for free. Otherwise, tickets, $10 each, are available at Hometown Comics or at the door an hour before the competition. Proceeds from the event will go to the KidsPlay Scholarship Fund.
This event is sponsored in part by the Quality Inn in Greenfield and the Hancock County Arts Council. For more information, those interested can visit the Greenfield Idol Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.