Twenty Tri-State-area teens belted songs that one judge said could shake the cherubs off the walls of The Maryland Theatre, the backdrop Saturday night for the first Washington County Teen Idol competition.
After each of the 20 contestants sang their hand-picked songs, the judges narrowed the field to five girls - Marquis Clever, 16, of Williamsport; Lawren Hill, 17, of Hagerstown; Erika Cooper, 17, of Smithsburg; Kaylyn Lowery, 16, of Chambersburg, Pa.; and Stacy Ingraham, 18, who attends Hagerstown Community College.
Hill won the competition, and with it an all-expenses paid trip to New York.
Brian Sullivan, executive director of The Maryland Theatre; Kamini "Mini" Heisler, a costume designer; and Jeff Wine, creative director of Main Line Broadcasting judged the competition, but none made any biting criticisms common in the inspiration for the contest, "American Idol."
All contestants were complimented and congratulated by the judges. A few were told they were "a little pitchy." One was told she "lost control."