Idol gaz­ing at Bac­calieu Col­le­giate

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH - PHO­TOS AND TEXT BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

Bac­calieu Col­le­giate’s best and bright­est mu­si­cal stars put their tal­ents to the test in the school’s 2011 Bac­calieu Idol com­pe­ti­tion on Oct. 13. Com­pe­ti­tion was fierce as 10 con­tes­tants shred­ded the stage with a their ren­di­tions of their favourite songs. Coun­try songs dom­i­nated the song se­lec­tion, but that did not stop the rock­ers from com­ing out as Cree­dence Clear­wa­ter Re­vival and Oa­sis were well rep­re­sented. With ev­ery new song, the 100 peo­ple in at­ten­dance clapped their hands, stomped their feet, whooped and hollered for their favourites. Once the per­for­mances had ended, the au­di­ence was asked to vote for their new idol. But be­fore the win­ners were an­nounced, last year’s idol, Alyssa Green, per­formed two songs, in­clud­ing” Straw­berry Wine” by Deanna Carter. Once the votes had been tal­lied, it was Level II stu­dent Olivia Mac­Far­lane who walked away with the large yel­low nov­elty cheque and ti­tle of “ Bac­calieu Idol 2011” for her ren­di­tion of Christina Perry’s “Arms.”

Per­form­ing in a man­ner that would make Terri Clark proud, Re­becca Tiz­zard showed a fierce­ness on stage, be­tray­ing her age, and say­ing, “ Hey, girls can rock too.” Show­ing their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the per­for­mances they had just wit­nessed, from left, Kait­lyn Har­num, Nancy Burt and Mi­randa A. Best hold up a sign thank­ing the per­form­ers and the band.

Grade 8 stu­dent Merissa Thorne got the crowd mov­ing with her ren­di­tion of Tay­lor Swift’s chart-top­ping hit “Mean.” Aaron Kelly play­ing the man­dolin and Avery Ash on the bass ac­com­pany Thorne dur­ing her num­ber.

Chan­nel­ing her in­ner ‘60s rocker, Adri­enne Janes per­formed Ja­nis Jo­plin’s “Me and Bobby McGee.” There was nary a dry eye in the place when Grade 9 stu­dent Tif­fany How­ell slowed it down and brought the emo­tion with Leonard Co­hen’s “ Hal­lelu­jah.”

Per­form­ing Christina Perry’s “Arms,” Olivia Mc­Far­lane did enough to sway the votes in her favour as she was named Bac­calieu Col­le­giate’s Bac­calieu Idol 2011.

Sarah Mont­gomery sang with en­thu­si­asm and com­mit­ment as she got the crowd mov­ing with the clas­sic Oa­sis tune “ Won­der­wall.”

Look­ing to the sky for in­spi­ra­tion, last year’s idol, Alyssa Green, got in­ti­mate with a spe­cial set.

Show­ing that young mu­si­cians can rock too, Grade 7 stu­dent Todd Eddy be­came the au­di­ence’s dar­ling when he con­fi­dently sang Johnny Reid’s “Dar­ling.” Sa­man­tha Ash ac­com­pa­nies Eddy on gui­tar.

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