Judging talent, not just livestock

They heard renditions of Carrie Underwood’s Casanova Cowboy, and melodies of Celine Dion. Budding singers came from all over Northern Utah and Idaho in hopes of being selected as a contestant for a new competition of the Cache County Fair. They won’t be judging livestock, but talent for the Cache County Fair Idol. “We’ve been trying to find something that would take the place of the Farm Bureau Talent Find that went away two or three years ago,” says Cache County Clerk Jill Zollinger, organizer of the competition. “We wanted to do something that was kind of like that. So we came up with this idea and thought it might be fun to have local entertainment come and show us what they can do.” Ten semi-finalists have been chosen and will do just that Thursday, August 12th, in a two hour live show to kick off the fair. Each are prepared to sing four of their favorite songs and will be judged by a three-person panel on vocal ability, professionalism, performance, and audience votes. Similar to the popular TV program, American Idol, the Cache County Fair Idol will follow a similar pattern. At the end of the night a winner will be chosen. While they won’t win a recording contract the winner will receive a $500 check and bragging rights. Although Zollinger did not judge the auditions, she listened and was impressed by the amount of talent Cache Valley offered. “The ones that they chose had a real good chance of winning the competition. There’ll be some good talent there for people to see.” The semi-finalists ranging in age from 16 to 28 are Melissa Bingham, Meg Campbell, Vanessa Hunter, Keiyana Osmond, Tannin Pease, Jordin Petersen, Zane Petersen, Stephanie Poulson, Julia Laura Smith, and Chelsey Veibell. The Cache County Fair Idol competition will be held August 12th from 6-8 pm on the main stage of the Cache County Fairgrounds. They are Susan Godfrey, Mark Givins, Scott Simmons. They are the 3 person panel judging thursday night. All of them have been in the Valley singing for 20 plus years. Simmons is part of the Simmons brothers.

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