Idol gazing at Baccalieu Collegiate
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.