Who’s your idol?Published 12:27pm Thursday, March 14, 2013
Kowaliga Idol 5 ended on a high note – and a low note and every note in between – with its final competition night Friday.
The competition started off with 56 contestants who were whittled down over the course of four weeks, said master of ceremonies Allen Yates.
“It started as a karaoke competition,” Yates said. “Now it has gotten bigger and stronger, and it seems like we are getting more talented and more qualified people. The top 12 that did the finals – every one of them had the potential when they took the stage to come out as a winner.”
Yates said they saw a record crowd each night of the competition of 700–900 a night – bringing in a lot of revenue for Tallapoosa County.
“It seems like it grows more and more each year,” Yates said.
Yates said another positive sign was the amount of new talent in Kowaliga Idol 5.
“This year we only had nine people who had sang in it in years past,” Yates said.
Cheri Edwards and Callie Knight – winner and first runner up respectively – were both first time competitors in Kowaliga Idol.
“I learned how to get comfortable on stage more,” Knight said. “Performing is my whole life. I want to go far with it … I will definitely do Kowaliga Idol again next year. I’m going to do any competition that will put me out there.”
Edwards, who said she has been singing her whole life, said she just went into the competition to have fun but was excited to win.
“I think song selection had the most to do with it and just working the crowd and everything,” Edwards said. “I’ve been doing it a long time, and I like to think I know what people want to hear.”
Other top five winners include Bradley Roberson, third place; Ke-Ke Fuller, fourth place; and Jon Hornsby, fifth place.