Greer Idol and Teen finals set for Friday showdown

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Monday, July 23, 2012

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Ryan Wilson has earned his way to the Greer Idol finals with a tenor voice that has earned him a loyal young fan base.

Mark Tucker

Ryan Wilson has earned his way to the Greer Idol finals with a tenor voice that has earned him a loyal young fan base.



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Wally Dreesen has earned a finals spot with his steady performances throughout the competition.

Mark Tucker

Wally Dreesen has earned a finals spot with his steady performances throughout the competition.



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Kayla Kershaw has captured the judges' and voters' attention with her vocals during the weekly competition.

Mark Tucker

Kayla Kershaw has captured the judges' and voters' attention with her vocals during the weekly competition.



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Megan Watts has used her background in public performances to advance to the Greer Idol Teen finals.

Mark Tucker

Megan Watts has used her background in public performances to advance to the Greer Idol Teen finals.



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.

Dreesen is the oldest competitor in this year’s Idol. Ironically Dana Jordan, the oldest last year, won Greer Idol 5. The finals were set up when Brittany Pridemore did not garner enough votes to move forward.

Dreesen and Wilson, a former contestant, go note-to-note Friday chasing the $1,500 first place prize.

GreerToday.com will stream the competitions and announcements of both winners on stage.

Kayla Kershaw and Megan Watts will compete for the $500 first price for Greer Idol Teen. Anna McCleer fell short on votes to advance to the finals. Kershaw has performed in school competitions while Watts has the more extensive performance background singing in the S.C. Children Theatre’s Glee for three years, is a member of the Riverside High School Concert Choir and had guitar and voice lessons.

The champions will be decided after the evening’s performances and announced on stage.

All singers will perform a song of their choice, one chosen by emcee Mike Lowery and the same song.

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