March 3, 2007
The young and old sang everything from Montgomery Gentry to R&B’s Mario and Mariah Carey. Over twenty contestants hit those high notes trying to come out on top.
It may not be the stage for American Idol and you won’t find Paula, Simon, or Randy, but Louisa High School auditorium is home to the 2nd annual Louisa Idol.
"It's just giving the people in our community just an opportunity to get on stage. I would really like to focus on the youth, because we have a lot talented youth here in Louisa and it’s just a fun event," said Lisa Grubbs, Coordinator of Louisa Idol.
Vocalists began performing their favorite song in their age group. One person from each group was then chosen to sing in the semi-finals. The big age difference in semi-finalists means nothing. This year it was the little girl with a big voice that ended up beating out her older sister for the title of Louisa Idol.
"It was a shock to me, because I won over my older sister. In my mind, I was like hold on, oh no, oh yay, so, I didn't know what to do, I was speechless," said Olivia Fletcher, Louisa Idol winner.
"She’s little, but she's big competition. It felt really good, I was very excited and I knew that she had it at the end," said big sister, Emily Hall.
The Louisa County parks and recreation department sponsored the competition and they plan to do it again next year.