The Union Recorder

August 21, 2013

Milledgeville Idol returns for two-night competition

Natalie Davis
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The latest installment of Milledgeville Idol will be presented on the Russell Auditorium stage this weekend, highlighting local talents all competing for the top prize.

This year's competition will unfold in a new two-night music format.

“Milledgeville Idol is always a great fun event for our community, but we believe the two-night show will make it a weekend event instead of getting it all over with in one quick night,” said Stephanie Westmoreland, Georgia College Continuing Education Program coordinator and producer of this year's show. “There's so much work that goes into the show (by the contestants and the GC staff) that we want to give it the time and attention it deserves. It makes it more like the real show; you find a contestant you like and root for them through the entire process.”

The sixth annual Milledgeville Idol will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Contestants for this year's show were selected through in-person and online auditions held in the spring. To be eligible for the competition, vocalists must be legal residents of Georgia with acceptable identification and be 18 or older. 

The online auditions are a new facet to the competition, Westmoreland said. Online auditions are already being accepted for the 2014 show and can be submitted via the GC Continuing Education website.

This year's theme centers on the music of the Motown era.

“We started listening to all of the music from that era and it is just fun to listen to and there was so much musical talent from that era,” said Westmoreland of the theme. “This is a fun, feel good show and Motown fits the mold for the show so we went with it. We also thought Motown music had a good enough variety that we were sure the contestants could find songs that suited them. We are really excited about their song choices and can't wait for the community to see the talent that we have found.”

This year's contestants include: Anna Brock, Adam Postell, Sydney Causey, Shaunta Simmons, Daylon Moss, Jessie Paige, Olivia Langford, Carlithia Jackson and Tim Robinson. Each is competing for a $1,000 grand prize and the Milledgeville Idol 2013 title.

The audience and a three-member judge's panel will help choose this year's winner. On Friday night, each of the contestants will perform and the audience vote will decide which five will advance to Saturday night. Saturday night, the five finalists will perform again for the title in hopes of winning the title. 

“Expect something different this year. From the set, to the music, the show layout, to the judges … we're revamping the whole show. While it is always a great show, it's always good to change things up a little,” said Westmoreland. “With the show being two nights, we'll travel through the process with the audience each night. The first night, all of the contestants will perform and the audience vote will decide which five contestants will continue on to the next round on Saturday night.  Saturday night, the final five will compete again for the title.”

Tickets can be purchased individually or in a $15 combo package. Individual tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. GC students and children under 12 receive a $2 discount (unavailable with online purchases). Purchase tickets online at www.continuingeducation.gcsu.edu, by phone at 478-445-5277 or in person at 101 Chappell Hall on the Georgia College campus. 

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