Benton Blount’s next performance for “America’s Got Talent” will be in August at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.
Today, Blount gave GreerToday.com an exclusive interview looking back at Tuesday’s performance, looking ahead and singing for the first time with his two-year-old son, Jackson, in the audience.
Singing “Jolene” to an appreciative panel of judges, Benton Blount of Greenville made it through Judges Cuts Tuesday night to advance to the next round of “America’s Got Talent”.
Blount’s next live performance will be at Radio City Music Hall.
Felicia Owens claimed the crown of Greer Idol in the season finale at Tunes in the Park on Friday.
Owens wowed the crowd and the judges with a three-song performance that brought down the house that Terry Stoddard and his band Encore had rocked during their first set.
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Lowes Foods put its first stake in the upstate today across from Riverside High School at Suber and Hammett Bridge Road.
Five singers will compete for $2,000 in prize money Friday as Greer Idol and Idol Teen end their seasons.
Encore will close out Tunes in the Park when it performs two sets Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Greer City Park amphitheater.
The Greer Idol semifinals competition was as hot as the July sun at Tunes in the Park on Friday night. The remaining contestants, three in the teen Idol competition and four in the a adult Idol portion, sang two songs apiece as they aimed to advance to the Greer Idol finals next Friday night. Complementing the talented performers was Jim Quick and Coastline, who put everybody in a dancing mood with their upbeat setlist of Carolina beach music.
The teen idols performed first. Anna McCleer led things off, singing "Mama's Broken Heart" and "Hallelujah." Roni Teems performed "I Try to Think About Elvis" and the Righteous Brothers' classic "Unchained Melody." Zelena Hull ended the teen competition with renditions of "Black Velvet" and Carrie Underwood's "Two Black Cadillacs."
Jim Quick and the Coastline will perform Friday at Tunes at the Park.
Greer Idol and Idol Teen performers will be competing to advance to the finals scheduled July 24. The Idol winner earns the top prize of $1,500 and $500 for Teen.
Benton Blount did not appear on Tuesday night's first round of judges cuts.
Hollywild Animal Park is offering baby nursery visits and after-hours encounters.
“With more than 500 animals calling Hollywild home, it’s sometimes hard to believe people want more, but they do and we’re all about making those special connections between our visitors and the animals,” Kim Atchley, Hollywild’s director, said.
Two weeks remain for Greer Idol and Idol Teen performers to convince voters they are deserving for the top prize – $1,500 for Idol and $500 for Teen.
Voting continues for the past Friday’s performances with five Idol and four teen contestants. Each contestant sang two songs. One singer from each group will be eliminated when voting is completed Monday.
The Shag Doctorz highlight Friday’s Tunes in the Park.
Three weeks remain in the season including the selection of Greer Idol and Idol Teen. The Greer Idol winner earns $1,500 and Teen is awarded $500. Vote for Idol/teen here.
A cartwheel, flip and a split earned a North Greenville University cheerleader a once-in-a-lifetime appearance on a national television show Monday.
Kayla Glenn, visiting New York City with her family, had a much loftier goal than attending the free taping of “Live! with Kelly and Michael”.
Blount advances to next round.
Benton Blount's performance Tuesday night earned him a spot in the next round.
A light rain could do nothing to dampen the patriotic spirit of Greer on Saturday morning.
Scores of children, along with their parents and grandparents, participated in the 18th annual July 4 Kid's Parade.
It was arguably the largest turnout for the event, which has become an annual tradition.
"It's about tradition and this is what Greer is all about," Mayor Rick Danner said. "It's an organic kind of thing that has grown over the years, and every year people invite friends and family so it continues to grow. This is what small towns are all about."
The 18th annual July 4 Kids Parade in Greer will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. beginning at the 200 block of West Church Street.
The approximately mile-long parade route takes in the Arlington-Davenport neighborhood. The weather forecast is for temperatures in the mid-70s under partly sunny skies. The public is invited.
Weekend fireworks schedule
This appears to be the year Greer Idol and Idol Teen contestants have the highest odds of winning first place prize money. The Idol winner gets $1,500 and Idol Teen wins $500.
The Carolina Boys Quartet, a traditional male southern gospel group from Anderson, will perform Sunday at Brushy Creek Baptist Church. The Johnson Edition, an upstate brothers-sisters group, will also appear and sing their progressive country and southern gospel blend.
The event invites all veterans free admission.
Hollywild Animal Park’s founder and executive director is retiring and the board of directors approved a new leader.
David Meeks, 68, is retiring and Kim Atchley has been approved as the new executive director.