|Soybean Idol auditions under way |
|Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 8:01 pm |
Local singers will grace the stages once again this year in an effort to claim the title of 2010 Soybean Idol.
(from left) Gary Laird of Martin, Aubree Guess of Union City, Autumn Jackson of Milan and Mike Teal of Martin
The winner will have a chance to perform on the downtown stage in Martin as an opening act for country music legend John Michael Montgomery.
The audition season has begun for this year’s Soybean Idol competition. The idol event began last year during the 16th Annual Tennessee Soybean Festival. Each weekend throughout the month of August, vocal talents from across the region competed to advance to the semi-final round, where only one person would claim the top prize as Soybean Idol.
After each round of competition, 10 performers are chosen to advance to the semi-finals. During the semi-final competition, 40 contestants are narrowed to 20 by a panel of local judges to compete in a preliminary round of the finals of the Soybean Idol. From there, 10 finalists will be chosen for the final round, where a grand-prize winner and second place winner will be selected.
The winner of this year’s Soybean Idol will receive $1,000 and the opportunity to perform as an opening act for Montgomery on Sept. 11.
The first round of contestants took to the stage behind Brandy’s Restaurant last weekend. The performers who advanced to the semi-finals include Gary Laird of Martin, Autumn Jackson of Milan, Mike Teal of Martin and Aubree Guess of Union City.
Laird is a Dresden native. He recently moved to Martin from Florida, where he placed as a Top 5 finalist in the Heartland Idol competition held in Sebring. He performs as a country music singer.
Ms. Jackson has a long list of vocal experience under her belt. She has performed with numerous choirs, including the Renaissance at Bethel University n McKenzie. Ms. Jackson is a fan of musicals.
Teal has performed as an Elvis Tribute artist throughout the state. He began singing early at the age of 8. Teal’s preferences include gospel, country and blues music.
Miss Guess, 15, is considered a “raw” talent, who only recently discovered she had a way with music when she was chosen to sing at the Obion County Fair. She is a sophomore at Union City High School and was “discovered” by last year’s Soybean Idol grand-prize winner, Jamie Worrell.
The next round of the Soybean Idol competition will be held this Saturday at The Gap beside Olivia’s Opera House Restaurant in downtown Martin. The event starts at 3 p.m. and continues until 5.
The third round of competition is set for Aug. 21 at Virginia Weldon Park in downtown Martin from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The fourth and final competition for advancement to the semi-finals will take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Aug. 28 at Virginia Weldon Park.
The Top 40 performers chosen from the August competition advance to the semi-finals, which is set for 5 p.m. on Sept. 4 at the Watkins Auditorium in the Boling Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin. Twenty singers will be chosen to compete in the preliminary to the finals.
The Top 20 will perform on Sept. 5 at 1 p.m. in the Watkins Auditorium at UT Martin. From there, the panel of judges will select the Top 10 for the finale to the 2010 Soybean idol. The Top 10 will perform on ept. 7 at Festival Park in downtown Martin following the Soybean Festival parade slated for 6:30 p.m. The grand-prize winner will perform on the downtown stage at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 as an opening act for Montgomery.
Registration is free and available online at the official 17th Annual Tennessee Soybean Festival website www.tsoybeanfestival.org.
For additional information, contact Lorrie Jackson at (731) 881-3582 or Lynette Wagster at (731) 431-8156.
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Published in The Messenger 8.12.10