She’s got star power

Coun­try singer claims Ot­tawa Idol crown

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - Ottawa - Mike car­roc­cetto

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

Mike Car­roc­cetto/for Metro

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.

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