October 23, 2010 by staff 

Journeys, All 30 – and 40-something in the crowd to sing with candidates Heartland Idol on Thursday night. It was the first semifinal, and chanted strong candidates, classic songs of the 80s rock band Journey, Foreigner, Styx and Heart.

Originally there were 16 semi-finalists, but Vickie McClain and William Goglin dropped out for medical reasons. Consequently, the highest scoring non-qualification, Donnie Shaffer, was included as an alternate.

Among the 15 semi-finalists, 12 were selected to go in the competition. They include Samantha Berry, Mark Brignoni, Manny Concepcion, Ashley Elder, Chastity Kincaid, Shannon Marrero, Cam Martin, Amanda Mercer, Kevin Milan, Lindsey Sears, Donnie Shaffer and Pamela Tharp.

The other three performers were Ashley Castillo, Andrea Mathis, Rex and Nantes.

Not easy to sing songs

Although many candidates faced with feedback from the audience, sometimes dull and responding to vocal demands of difficult pieces, the show had energy and many great rock artists dropped with great performance.

People’s Choice winner, 25 years, seniors were one of them, singing “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner in a loud voice and mature. Although his nerves got in the way a bit, the crowd burst into mid-song spontaneous applause, her confidence and she jumped even more loose.

“It was a perfect song choice for you. You put him out of the park, “said Vickie J. Jones. After the official judging, Jones also urged seniors to” get rid of the shakes, you have absolutely nothing to be nervous. ”

Larry J. Moore had similar advice for the candidates who had impressive voice, but he could still hear the nervousness in the course of certain notes. One of these was 18 Kincaid, who performed “All I Want to Do is Make Love to you” by heart.

Belying his youth, Kincaid has produced a powerful performance of the song sxy, with the enthralled audience goes wild when she nailed the notes. She even received a standing ovation, the only night, and a few people in the front row.

Apart from the ovation that Kincaid was also the only candidate to win the word “stank” highest form of praise for Moore. Regarding the nerves he added, “That surprises me when performers incredible nervousness allow to enter. There is no reason not to do there and blow it. I try to bust the speakers that joint. ”

The ’80s are alive

Costume Brignoni got high marks as he walked onstage for vintage high top Reeboks, blue jeans and a wig with long hair. He imitated Journey singer Steve Perry, he sang “Separate Ways” of his growly voice and urged the crowd to see a bit of energy. “People come, make some noise!” Brignoni shouted.

He received boos and screams of female audience members when he stripped of his black jacket and playing guitar on his electric guitar prop.

Celebrity Justice Alan Jay Wildstein commented, “Mark, I think you did a great job. Your costume is beautiful. I wish the crowd were a bit more complicated. It would have helped your confidence.”

Moore, too, wanted to see a little crazy, a little “blow out the speakers.”

Besides sneakers Brignoni, there was also some other fun costume closet saved people 30 years ago. Nantes wore a black, a concert by Led Zeppelin T-shirt. Berry footless stretch pants with lace at the bottom were undoubtedly the John Hughes era. Martin even wore black bracelets.

The disappointment of the evening was when Mathis forgot the words to “Cold as Ice”. She continued to sing the chorus, belting out “You’re cold as ice” with the outside of the voice-this-world that sent the crowd roaring, but the score typically religious singer suffered when she was unable to recover and hummed by the other words in the song.

“I am so angry! I’m so confused! “Said Moore.” Your voice is beautiful. I understand the fight song and sing what you like, but as a performer, I wish there was some way you could overcome this obstacle and we could hear you do something else. ”

The challenge of the semifinal Idol is that participants must choose from a list of songs or sing songs of some kind they cannot feel completely comfortable with.

Next week, they sing well-known songs by Dolly Parton or Willie Nelson or. There will also be a Halloween costume contest with prizes, and members of the public are invited to dress for the festivities.

In a new format for Idol due to having only 15 semi-finalists instead of 16, three competitors are deleted every night until eight remain in the final. These eight will perform two songs, and these points will be totaled to determine the winner.

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