She’s got star power
Country singer claims Ottawa Idol crown
When you sing your heart out, good things happen. And Elizabeth Jones did just that.
After three previous attempts to become Ottawa Idol, Jones inched out a very strong field of contenders on Sunday afternoon to win the contest.
“I can’t even describe it,” said Jones, moments after her name was announced at the Villa Lucia Supper Club.
“It’s life changing. I’m mind-blown right now.”
About 15 supporters, who dubbed themselves Team Lizzy, came out to support the 21-year-old.
“I’d like to thank my family, my singing coach and everyone that came out to support me,” said Jones, who is in college studying to become a personal support worker.
The diminutive Jones stands four-foot-11 and fashions herself as a country chanteuse. She sang four times, and obviously impressed the judges with her strong vocals and stage presence.
“I look for a singer who is confident, an amazing performer and has powerhouse vocals,” says band promoter Diane George, one of the three judges.
Jones’s haul of prizes include 20 hours of local studio time and a trip to Santa Monica, Calif., where she will record an original song produced and recorded by award winning songwriter Michele Vice-maslin. She’ll also get an audition to sing the anthem before Ottawa Senators game for the upcoming season.
Eldon Fox, the founder and producer of Ottawa Idol, says he started the competition in 2004 “so aspiring young singers could showcase their vocal talents.”
Although the contest generates lots of buzz and attention during the summer months, Fox also puts together an Ottawa Idol band. From that, he stages a Christmas concert every December. In May, he produces a Red Carpet Concert, where Idol finalists get the star treatment, including a limo ride to the show. Performers get their hair and makeup done, and are dressed by local designers such as Richard Robinsons and Sukhoo Sukhoo.
Former Idol participants such as Kira Isabella, Alex Lacasse and Mandia Nantsios have signed recording deals, and dozens of others have used Idol to spring-board their careers.
Alumna Janie Brown currently sings the CFL on TSN theme song. Michelle Treacy, who famously sang on stage with Lady Gaga during a concert, is with Sony Music now, playing festivals and clubs this summer across Ontario.
It’s life changing. I’m mind-blown right now.
elizabeth Jones, winner of ottawa idol
ottawa Idol winner Elizabeth Jones, 21, poses with her trophy at Villa Lucia Supper Club in Nepean Sunday. She inched out 12 finalists in her fourth and final attempt to win the competition.