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Local talent comes out for WNY Idol Karaoke Contest

Posted 21 February 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Sue Cook – Sixth-grader Layna Violario wows the crowd during a karaoke contest Friday night at Medina Lanes. She received an honorable mention at the end of the show by taking fourth place.

By Sue Cook, staff reporter

MEDINA – The seats were full for Friday night’s WNY Idol Karaoke Contest at Medina Lanes bowling alley. Contestants preregistered for the event for an opportunity to win cash prizes.

The DJ and judging for the contest were provided by Block Head 59 Music Entertainment. The first round included many eager singers putting their heart and soul into their singing.

Ron Lemke stands before the crowd singing an original song he wrote called “Always Remember I Love You” that he dedicated to Kamie Marcin who sat among the audience.

Once the first round was complete, eight contestants were selected for the second round based on criteria such as overall vocal talent and an ability to remember the words, as no screen was used and song lyrics were recalled from memory.

The final round was narrowed down to four singers. The grand prize of $300 was awarded to Rich Nolan with an energetic performance of Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl.”

Rich Nolan impresses the judges with his country-music singing.

All four contestants were praised by the judges who suggested that they each pursue their singing. The judges offered to help connect the singers with bands in the region.