Megan Watts delighted the spectators to a song she wrote and sang, "What Do You Say?" Her father has been deployed to Afghanistan.
Alexa Rosenfeld sang Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American and got an applause from the crowd for her successful performance.
Anna McCleer's "What Do You Say?" was written and performed by the artist. Miles Nason told McCleer: I can’t imagine what it’s like to write and sing that song."
Judges for Greer Idol Teen and Greer Idol were Perry Williams, Kay Young, Miles Nason and J. Dew.
Six Greer Idol Teen contestants worked their way through another record day of heat in GreerToday. The singers opened the Greer Memorial Freedom Blast at City Park singing their choice of patriotic country songs.
The 103-degree temperature with a 110-heat index was magnified with the sun blazing straight into their faces on the hot stage.
Megan Watts and Anna McCleer sang songs they wrote and got good reviews for their efforts from judges J. Dew, Miles Nason, Perry Williams and Kay Young.
Watts, whose father has been deployed in Afghanistan, sang “Remember You Today” and McCleer sang “What Do You Say?”
“The connection to your family with the military was so good,” Dew said of Watts’ song. Young said she was touched with Watts’ music. “I have a grandson who was sent to Afghanistan and that song reminded me of him,” Young said.
Nason told McCleer he was impressed with her performance. “I can’t imagine what it’s like to write and sing that song,” Nason said. “You did a good job.”
Alexa Rosenfield’s rendition of Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American” drew praise from Williams. “That’s a great song,” he said.
Catherine Warren’s “American Honey” and Kayla Kershaw’s a capella rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” were the teen choices this week.
True Heaven Heflin, singing “America the Beautiful” halted her performance shortly after starting when she couldn’t remember the words. “I’m disappointed I didn’t hear all of that song,” Dew said. “I think you have a very good voice.”
One Idol Teen will be eliminated this week with five remaining. Next week’s genre will be Rhythm and Blues from Motown. Teen Idol competition and Tunes on Trade return to Victoria and Trade streets.
Teen Idol performers and their songs:
True Heaven Heflin
“America the Beautiful”
“Proud to be an American”
“What Do You Say?” by Anna McCleer
“Star Spangled Anthem”
“Remember You Today” by Megan Watts