Anthem Idol returns after successful first year

After a successful first year of selecting a performer for Logan City’s annual Freedom Fire event, Anthem Idol returns for its second year.

“Anthem Idol is a contest that the Freedom Fire committee put together to find someone to sing the National Anthem at the fireworks,” says Holly Fjeldsted, Freedom Fire committee chair.

Contestants take turns singing their own rendition of the Star Spangled Banner in front of a panel of five judges: Jay Richards, Jeremy Baer, Laurie Hart, Sarah Huff and Jim Reese. The contest begins Saturday at the pavilion southwest of the Logan Aquatic Center. It will continue over the next several weeks, narrowing the field of contestants each week. The final five contestants will perform at Summerfest before the winner is selected to sing in front of thousands of spectators at Freedom Fire.

“Last year Vanessa Hunter was the Anthem Idol winner and she was amazing, as were the other top five contestants. We were so impressed with the talent that we invited the top five to perform at Freedom Fire. There is so much talent here in Cache Valley!”

The singing competition is a partnership between the Freedom Fire committee, Logan City and the Cache Valley Media Group. Fjeldsted says they are hopeful that Anthem Idol contestants will similarly perform at Freedom Fire this year.

“Any soloist is welcome to come sing the Star Spangled Banner, of any age. The only requirement is that you sing it a capella.”

The deadline to register is Thursday by 5 p.m. at the Logan Recreation Center. For registration information, <a href=”” target=”_blank”>click here</a>.

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