HALFWAY -- Elijah Pugh was playing to the crowd Wednesday night during auditions for the Washington County Teen Idol competition at Valley Mall.
He bounded onto the stage wearing black vinyl pants, jewelry and a scarf around his neck and gave a thumbs up to the audience as he prepared for his performance.
An emcee for the event said she would just smile as they waited for Pugh to begin.
"Oh, come on, you can sing," Pugh told the emcee.
Pugh then launched into his song -- "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga.
He sang loud, whipping his arm up in the air and dipping back and forth in front of his keyboard.
Pugh was one of 24 contestants in auditions for the third annual talent competition sponsored by the Washington County Free Library and The Maryland Theatre.