More than 30 take stage in Teen Idol auditions

February 15, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION |
  • Carly Whiteman, 16, of Hagerstown sings Tuesday night at Teen Idol 2011 auditions held at Valley Mall.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

Loud squeals, plenty of stage fright and even some original songs echoed through Valley Mall.

That could only mean one thing; it was time again for the annual teen idol competition.

More than 30 contestants took the stage Tuesday night in the center of the mall, giving it their best in a minute and half as they attempted to win a spot in Teen Idol 2011.

The event is divided into two nights of performances and will culminate March 26 with a final competition at The Maryland Theatre, said Lisa Key, circulation manager of Washington County Free Library and coordinator of the competition.

Tonight's round of auditions will be at Port City Java in Long Meadow Shopping Center.

For the first time this year, competition organizers had some fun with social media, Key said.

Competitors could post their performances on a Facebook page and listeners could vote for their favorite by indicating "like" under the songs, Key said.

Ryan Baker won the Facebook competition. Baker, a student at Washington County Technical High School, posted a rendition of "Amazing Grace."

Baker's win automatically advances him to the finals, Key said. Nineteen other performers will be picked from the auditions at Valley Mall and Port City Java to go to the finals, she said.

A crowd gathered around the stage Tuesday night and friends of some of the performers screamed as their favorite contestants approached the microphone.

Thirty-eight contestants performed Tuesday, Key said.

Among those who performed was Lorna Mullins, who performed her own song "You Make Me" on a ukulele.

"I've always been interested in music, but I just started to come out of my shell in the last two or three years," the 16-year-old Clear Spring High School student said before taking the stage.

Jordan Pine, 16, sang "Temporary Home" by Carrie Underwood.

Although the Williamsport High School student has performed at school talent shows, Tuesday's event was nerve-wracking, she said.

"My legs will start shaking," Pine said.

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