Greer Idol turnout biggest ever on opening night

Published on Saturday, May 5, 2012


It was a record-breaking night for Greer Idol auditions during the first day of the Village of Pelham Family Fest in Greer Station.  A husband and wife team, father and son, a two-time American Idol  tryout and a Memphis transplant living in Greer entertained the crowd.

Idol contestants have 30 seconds to sing a song of their choice, and may be asked to sing a second song. Judges may request one or two songs.

Tryouts continue Saturday at 1 p.m. at the City Park stage.

Below are some facts and figures and the people who auditioned tonight:

• 22 of 23 singers received a callback scheduled May 14 at The Davenport

• one female singer was admonished for wearing jeans to the audition

• Laura Simmerson, is in Army Intelligence, takes classes at Wofford and USC Upstate and works at a Pizza Inn in Gaffney

• Wally Dressen, 53, is the oldest auditioner, but established himself as the early crowd favorite belting out “Fly Me To the Moon” and “Walking to Memphis”.

• one male singer was told not to wear his work clothes to an audition

• Ryan Wilson, tried out for American Idol in Nashville and Charleston the past two years

• Married couple Lauren and Jeremy McCall, who met singing, made the cut

• Iresha Norman returns after making it to last year’s final five

• Interestingly, the person who sang “Jesus Loves Me” and “Amazing Grace” didn’t make the cut

Brittany Pridemore

“The House of the Rising Sun”

Works at Wallace Thompson Hospital (Union)

Laquana McIntyre

“With Whom” by Beyonce

Student at Greenville Tech

Samantha Harley

“Almost Lover”  by A Fine Frenzy

“Fall in” by Kenny Chesney

Student at Newberry College

Chad Good

“Folsom Prison Blues”

Piedmont Park freshman

Jason Prince

“Folsom Prison Blues”

Southern Mechanic

Tonyae Burnett

“Broken Wing” by Martina McBride

“My Soul Desire” by Denise Williams

3rd grade teacher, part-time, at Mauldin Elementary

Jeremy Casada

“Ol Red” by Blake Shelton

“Purple Rain” by Prince

Works at Lamplighter and sings karaoke

Michael Atkins

“In the Still of the Night” by Ronnie Millsap


Brittani Perry

“American Honey” by Lady Antebellum

Works at Carnival Confections

Bonnie Scarberry

“Blessed” by Martina McBride

“Realize” by Colbie Caillat

Occupational Therapist

Kelly Gensemer

“Get Here” by Oleta Adams

Works at Ceramtec North America

Lauren McCall

“Baggage Claim” by Miranda Lambert

Stay at home mom

Jerry McCall

“Run Around Sue” by Dion

Newspaper distributor

Ryan Wilson

“Shop Around” by Smokey Robinson

Works at Pizza Inn at Woodruff Road

Andrew Gossett

“Crockodile Rock” by Dion

Works at GSP Aviation

Markie Gresham


Stephen Burgess

“Waiting on the World to Change” by John Mayer

Works at Cheeseman Trucking Company

Iresha Norman

“Sitting by the Dock of The Bay” by Otis Redding

Works at JHM Corporation

Laura Simmerson

“I’m Your Lady” by Celine Dion

“She will by Loved” by Maroon 5

Is in Army Intelligence, student at Wofford and USC Upstate and works at Pizza Hut in Gaffney

Jose Ramos

“Sinner” by Josh Thompson

“Somewhere With You” by Kenny Chesney

Working on music album

Wally Dressen

“Fly me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra

“Walking in Memphis” by Marc Cohn

Unemployed, relocated to Greer from Memphis

Austin White

“Come a Little Bit Closer” by Dierks Bentley

“Beer Mexico” by Kenny Chesney

Works at Nissan off I-85

Bill White

“Feel So Right” by Alabama

“Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations

Works at Nissan I-85

* Johann Hazel

“Jesus Loves Me”

“Usual Surprise”
“Amazing Grace”


• Did not get a callback


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