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Idol auditions: Neither rain, cold, wind or trains could stop them

Mike Lowery, Robin Byouk return as dynamic production team

Published on Thursday, May 9, 2013

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Mike Lowery (emcee) and Robin Byouk (director) have been sidekicks for the production of Greer Idol for the past five years. Massey returns for his sixth season and Byouk is back for her fifth year.

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Mike Lowery (emcee) and Robin Byouk (director) have been sidekicks for the production of Greer Idol for the past five years. Massey returns for his sixth season and Byouk is back for her fifth year.



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Sophia Noyes, center, with her friends Caroline Lynch, left, and Cathrine Lynch, during Saturday's Greer Idol auditions at the Greer Family Fest. Noyes was awarded a gold card to advance to the May 31 callbacks. She sang

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Sophia Noyes, center, with her friends Caroline Lynch, left, and Cathrine Lynch, during Saturday's Greer Idol auditions at the Greer Family Fest. Noyes was awarded a gold card to advance to the May 31 callbacks. She sang "Go Round And Round" by Rihanna.



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Cheryl Dobson, left, and Wesley Welch share a laugh during a light moment durng the judging at the Greer Idol auditions Saturday at the Greer Family Fest.

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Cheryl Dobson, left, and Wesley Welch share a laugh during a light moment durng the judging at the Greer Idol auditions Saturday at the Greer Family Fest.

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The largest turnout for Greer Idol and Greer Idol Teen was held last weekend at the Greer Family Fest – in the rain, cold, windy conditions. And CSX Railroad added its horns to the auditions.

Forty-four singers received approval (3 of 4 judges) for the May 21 callbacks that will be held at The Davenport Event Center. Twelve singers for Teen and Idol will advance to Tunes in the Park at the City of Greer Freedom Blast on June 29 featuring The Swingin’ Medallions. The Idol winner receives $1,500 and Teen Idol $500. Ryan Wilson won 2012 Idol and Megan Watts, Idol Teen. Watts is competing on Idol this season.

Robin Byouk, supervisor for Greer Cultural Arts, is directing the Idol competition for the fifth year of its 6-years of existence. Mike Lowery is in his seventh season as emcee.

Idol Teen will be held at 6 p.m. and Greer Idol at 8 p.m. during the 5-week schedule.

Judging the auditions were Cheryl Dobson, Clara Godfrey and Wesley Welsh of the Gap Creek Singers. Trevor Coleman, an opera instructor and performer who has moved to Greer from Indiana, was the fourth judge.

The singers who earned callbacks are listed below in alphabetic order with the songs, 30-seconds, they performed. Contestants were asked to offer a second upon the judges’ request.

TEEN

Gracie Bryant

“When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars

Hannah Clayton

“Next to Me” by Emeli Sande

Bethany Ghent

“Reflection” by Christina Aguilera

Jesse McAtee

“One And Only” by Adele

Anna McCleer

“The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars

Sophia Noyes

“Go Round And Around” by Rihanna

Chandler Shennan

“Jesus, Take A Wheel”

“Because of You” by Kelly Clarkson

Trinity Sparks

“Leave The Pieces” by The Wreckers

Roni Teems

“Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera

Allison Watts

“Popular” by Wicked

Kody Young

“When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars

IDOL

Anri Ballew

“Feeling Good” by Michael Buble

Danny Bright

“Walking in Memphis” by Marc Cohn

Justin Burnett

“Changed” by Rascal Flatts

Jeremy Casada

 “Let Me Down Easy” by Billy Currington

Ben Dryden

“More Than You’ll Ever Know” by Travis Tritt

Jamesia Downs

“Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston

“His Eyes Are On The Sparrow” by Whitney Houston

Jarrett Forrester

“Tomorrow” by Chris Young

Judy Fowler

“Under The Boardwalk” by The Drifters

Jamie Guy

“At Last” by Etta James

Terry Haney

“It’s Only Make Believe” by Conway Twitty

Jonathan Hannon

 “Wherever You Go” by Audrey Assad

David Harris

“There Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers

“The Jokers” by Steve Miller

Michael Matheny

“Crocodile Rock” by Elton John

Michael McCall

“Money Can’t Buy Me Love” by The Beatles

Kiefer Mendoza

“Some Nights” by Austin Keifer

“Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5

Stephanie Nodine

“Better Dig Duo” by The Band Perry

“Independence Day” by Martina McBride

Chelsea Norris

“Delta Dawn” by Tanya Tucker

Lorene Ohman

“Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole

Brandon Owens

 “It’s In My Heart” by Harvey Watkins, Jr.

Erica Pace

“Strawberry Wine” by Deanna Carter

Javy Pagan

“House Of The Rising Sun” by The Animals

Mike Patterson

“How Great Thou Art” by many

Brionah Pride

“Bennie and the Jets” by Elton John

Adam Rogers

“Not Over You” by Gavin DeGraw

Charly Anne Roper

“Merry Go ‘Round” by Kacey Musgraves

Alexa Rosenfeld

“Leave The Pieces” by The Wreckers

Kristine Sidinger

“Why They Call It Falling” by Lee Ann Womack

Maria Smith

 “Just Give Me A Reason” by Pink

Denis Staton

 “Break It To Me Gently” by Juice Newton

Lauren Michelle Surkaner

“Ready To Run” by Dixie Chicks

Nikita Thompson

Break Down Here by Julie Roberts

“Choices” by George Jones

Megan Watts

 “The One That Got Away” by Katy Perry

Lauren Waynic

“Hopelessly Devoted to You” by Olivia Newton-John

Chase Wolfe

“Wayfaring Stranger” by Ed Sheeran

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