Ryan Wilson won Greer Idol and Megan Watts captured Greer Idol Teen tonight during an evening that was dedicated to U.S. Army Pfc. Adam Ross.
Ross was killed in Afghanistan Tuesday by small arms fire, according to the Department of Defense. Ross is a Byrnes graduate, attended Airport Baptist Church in Greer and his girlfriend was B.B. Lowery the daughter of Greer Idol host Mike Lowery.
Dakota Fitzgerald will make her live online debut as commentator for GreerToday.com Friday night at the final of Greer Idol 6.
Ryan Wilson and Wally Dreesen are the Greer Idol finalists and Kayla Kershaw and Megan Watts are vying for the Idol Teen championship. The Idol winner gets $1,500 and Idol Teen $500. The Teen Idol competition begins at 6 p.m. and Greer Idol at 8 p.m. A link will be provided on GreerToday’s home page or visit http://greertoday.com/tv/channel/greer-idol/ to watch Dakota’s reports and interviews.
The different styles featured in Greer Idol Friday for the 2012 championship is as wide as the Continental Divide.
There’s the crooner Wally Dreesen who has warmed his way into the hearts of baby boomers and older week after week. And then there’s Ryan Wilson who represents the Millenials with his tenor voice and solid fan base that has grown weekly.
The 2012 Greer Idol semifinals is a night to remember. Emcee Mike Lowery cheerfully told the spectators no Greer Idol had been rained out.
Less than 20 minutes later Massey was telling the singers to cut their second songs in half, advising the judges no comments will be taken and advising the crowd of an impending storm heading toward downtown Greer.
Kayla Kershaw, Anna McCleer or Megan Watts sang their last songs in the Greer Idol Teen competition in GreerToday.
One of the singers will be eliminated after online voting closes Monday at noon. The finals are scheduled next Friday in the last week of Tunes on Trade.
Doug Allen, last year’s runner-up to 2011 Greer Idol Dana Jordan, was eliminated from competition with only two weeks remaining.
Brittany Pridemore, Wally Dreesen and Ryan Wilson remain with the field to be cut to the final two on Friday.
Thunder opened tonight's Greer Idol performances, but the rain held off long enough for the contestants to give some exceptional performances.
Song selections had to be chosen from movie soundtracks, and the songs featured tonight covered six decades of history.
Husband and wife Lauren and Jeremy McCall were eliminated from Greer Idol 6 and True Blue Heflin was ousted from Idol Teen. Four singers in each group remain with three weeks remaining in the Friday night competitions.
GreerToday.com will stream the competition Friday night beginning at 6 p.m.
Lauren McCall took over Trade Street and most likely signed, sealed and delivered arguably the best performance to date of the 2012 Greer Idol season tonight.
McCall took her act to the street and entertained the crowd performing “Signed, Sealed and Delivered” by Stevie Wonder. She had the spectators clapping and stomping their feet and judges bobbing to the beat.
Kayla Kershaw delivered an inspiring rendition of “I’ll Be There” by the Jackson 5 and Megan Watts, sang “Get Here” by Oleta Adams in Greer Idol Teen tonight.
The crowd gave Kershaw a rousing ovation in her rendition. “Your voice is glorious,” judge Sheri Turner, of Anderson Life Magazine, said. “I know you are there for me,” Elizabeth Simpson of Greer Children’s Theatre said.
Megan Watts, 16, wrote the song, “Remembered You Today”, she performed during the Freedom Blast last Saturday during Greer Teen Idol.
The lyrics (below) tell the story of a soldier leaving a family to fight for his country. Megan’s lyrics tell of a loving sister who had a sibling rivalry with her older brother who joined the Army.
Ammadezia Styles and Chase Wolfe were eliminated from Greer Idol and Alex Rosenfeld was ousted from Idol Teen in GreerToday.
That leaves six contestants in each category battling for this year’s championship. Four weeks remain in the competition. Friday night’s Tunes on Trade, featuring the Out-Of-Towners band, returns to Trade and Victoria streets. Last Saturday’s Idol competition was performed in 103 degree heat at the Freedom Blast a City Park.
Chase Wolfe’s rendition of Tim McGraw’s “If You’re Reading This” impressed judges with his stage presence and soulful singing during Greer Idol’s competition in GreerToday at the Greer Memorial Freedom Blast.
Kay Young, a piano and voice instructor, gave a compliment of approval of Wolfe’s performance. “Thank you so much. That was so heart-rendering,” Young said.