Absolutely no one envied the judges of the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce Small Town Idol.  Jan Judd, Vaelyn Mackelprang and Aileen Walden, had their work cut out for them judging the first round of competition. 

Twenty-four talented vocalists poured their hearts out in song over the two-day first round of Small Town Idol.  

Twelve of the competitors performed on Wednesday, and 12 on Thursday, both nights singing to a standing room only crowd at CR Diner in Fredonia.

“This may be Small Town Idol, but this is not small town”  exclaimed judge Aileen Walden, after listening to several of the performances Wednesday.

With Taijah Ortiz belting out “Respect”, Brian Hilding’s “Poncho and Lefty” and all the incredible performances, the competition really was anything but small town.

Unfortunately, the judges had to make the tough decision as to which 12 would move on to the next round. After carefully tallying each contestant’s scores, the list of competitors for next week was compiled.

The crowd seemed to collectively hold it’s breath as Crystal Mognett announced Jim Torgerson, Brian Hilding, Carey Belcher, Kelly Hilding, Chris Franklin, Jami Black, Brady Franklin, Becky Greenwood, Michelle Cox, Fred Retherford, Taijah Ortiz and Mandy Emery would be competing on Thursday, January 29 at 7 p.m. at CR Diner.  The talented 12 must choose a rock song to perform, and it better truly rock, so they will not be one of the four eliminated Friday!

Spectators are encouraged to come and enjoy the music and support the local talent.  Admission is $1.00 (to go to a local resident in need) or free if dining.  The full CR Diner menu will be available.

And Friday, stick around and find your own vocal talents as Mr. Anonymous mans the Karaoke.