‘Idol All-Stars’ vie for SunFest gigPublished 5:40pm Thursday, July 18, 2013
By Lynden Blake, Staff Writer
With the growing success of Kowaliga Idol, Kowaliga Country 97.5, Budweiser and SLSpros.com held a Kowaliga Idol All-Stars competition Saturday night at Uncle Nick’s Smokehouse.
“We have been talking about doing this for a couple of years and thought it would be nice to bring back past winners and finalists of Kowaliga Idol to sing together in a friendly competition,” said Jeremy Jeffcoat, general manager of Lake Broadcasting.
Cheri Edwards was the winner of Kowaliga Idol All-Stars as well as the reigning Kowaliga Idol champion.
“Winning the competition means a lot to me,” said Edwards. “It was a great way to get the community together, and I was glad everyone was there to support me.”
Unlike Kowaliga Idol where judges decide all, the fans judged the all star competition. Everyone had the opportunity to text in a vote to support his or her favorite idol veteran.
“When I know people in the crowd I can use them, and I know they will help me put on a show,” said Edwards.
Edwards hopes to move to Nashville in the future to pursue her music career.
The Knight sisters, Lauren and Callie, took second and third place, respectively.
“We had over 1,500 votes, and a mere six votes separated the sisters,” said Jeffcoat.
More local talent took the mike Saturday night, like Lake Martin’s familiar face Sid Phelps.
“Sid is new to the area, but he plays a lot around Lake Martin,” said Jeffcoat. “Sid and Cheri were the two past idol winners singing in the competition.”
Jeffcoat said both Cheri and Sid will open up for Jo Dee Messina Saturday July 27 at the Charles E. Bailey Sportsplex for Alexander City’s SunFest.
“I am excited about the opportunity to open up for Jo Dee Messina,” said Edwards. “It doesn’t get much than opening up for someone you look up to.”