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90's, beach music will decide Greer Idol winner Friday

Published on Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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Kieffer Mendoza impressed the judges last week at the Greer Idol competition. The finals are Friday with Mendoza and five other competitors chasing the $1,500 first place prize.

Jim Fair

Kieffer Mendoza impressed the judges last week at the Greer Idol competition. The finals are Friday with Mendoza and five other competitors chasing the $1,500 first place prize.

 

Teen finalists here

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The Greer Idol winner will have to overcome some big odds in the finals Friday night to win the $1,500 first prize.

There’s no 50-50 chance of winning as in years past. Instead the six contestants will each have a 16.6 percent chance. Two weeks of rainouts and two less events scheduled than last year have bunched the field.

And the contestants better bring a lot of fans with money to cast $1 votes. There’s no online balloting as the votes on site will be counted and the winner will be announced at the end of the night.

The genre is 90’s and beach music. The vocalists will sing the full length of the song.

The final Tunes in the Park will be held at the Greer City Park Amphitheater with Idol Teen at 6 p.m. and Greer Idol at 8 p.m. Encore will perform between the Idol competitions at 7 and 9 p.m.

Finalists with judges comments from last week’s round.

Jamesia Downs

Song: “What’s Love Got To Do With It” by Tina Turner

Comments

“Your voice is awesome. I want to move more.”

“I would like to see you involve the crowd a little more in the beginning.”

“You weren’t afraid. You can’t be afraid when you’re competing.”

Kieffer Mendoza

Song: “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Comment

“Your voice is so silky.”

“The blend of your voice and guitar matched very well.”

“Your guitar playing caught me right off the bat. You have a unique style to your voice.”

Brionah Pride

Song: “I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

Comments

“Great stage presence. I wish you would have picked a bigger … I feel that we you could have gotten so much more from you.”

“Watch your lower notes. It was a little difficult to hear the. I love what you wore.”

“You missed the intro at the beginning but made a great comeback.”

Nikita Thompson

Song:  “I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

Comments

“I still want more. Like many others, that song is so steady.”

“We want you to challenge yourself a little more.”

“You definitely dressed the part tonight. You have range. I just more.”

“Pick a song that will challenge your energy on stage.”

Lauren Waynick

Song:  “You’re No Good”  by Linda Ronstadt

Comments

• “That was a good song for you. Watch your high notes so you don’t get pitchy.”

• “You did that very well. I liked that you brought out the sassy ‘You’re no good.’”

• “You sold the song. Your stage presence was very good.

Chase Wolfe

Song: “Dream On” by Aerosmith

Comments

“I loved everything about you. You have the whole package.”

“You made me feel like I was back in high school again.”

“Make sure your strength is all the way to the end. I saw a rock star on stage tonight.”

“There was no problem with your vocals. You were jumping ranges. You must watch your pitch.”

Eliminated last week

Judy Fowler

Jonathon Hannon

Javy Pagan

Lauren Michelle Robinson Surkamer

Megan Watts

 

 

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