Welles­ley Idol con­test now down to three

Tues­day night’s com­pe­ti­tion at the fall fair saw seven semi-fi­nal­ists cut to three ahead of ABC Fest on Sept. 30

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS - ALI WIL­SON

THE FI­NAL THREE WELLES­LEY Idol singers have been cho­sen ahead of the Apple But­ter and Cheese Fes­ti­val on Septem­ber 30.

A packed crowd was in at­ten­dance to watch the top seven fi­nal­ists com­pete in the Idol com­pe­ti­tion fol­low­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony at the 164th Welles­leyNorth Easthope Fall Fair.

Af­ter much de­lib­er­a­tion by judges – Saibal Chakraburtty, Al­lis­ter Bradley, Tim Louis and J.P. Sunga –Chris­tian Econo­mides, Tay­lor Kelly and Anas­ta­sia Bilodeau were cho­sen to move for­ward.

“This breaks my heart to some ex­tent be­cause I would like to name all seven peo­ple to go onto the Apple But­ter and Cheese Fes­ti­val,” said Bradley. “Con­grat­u­la­tions to all of you.”

Louis said one of the things the judges re­ally en­joyed do­ing ahead of the per­for­mances Tues­day evening was men­tor­ing ses­sions with the con­tes­tants this year. Each had the op­por­tu­nity to do a 30-minute ses­sion with the judges.

“It is amaz­ing to see from the be­gin­ning – the 20 down to the seven and finally down to the three – to see the im­prove­ment and the growth in such a short pe­riod of time. They are such great artists and they are al­ways learn­ing to take it in and just grow right away, so it is fan­tas­tic to see that growth,” said Louis. “The only hard part about our jobs up here is that it is a com­pe­ti­tion and we do have to pick some things.”

Al­though they ul­ti­mately had to make a choice, Bradley spoke to the cal­i­bre of tal­ent that per­formed in Welles­ley that evening.

“All of them de­served to be on the stage tonight, they all sang their hearts out and we loved watch­ing it hap­pen,” said Bradley.

The fi­nal­ists all had a unique style that set them apart from their fel­low com­peti­tors, with Econo­mides, per­form­ing an acous­tic ver­sion of Fix You by Cold­play, Kelly per­form­ing Roll the Bones by Shakey Graves ac­com­pa­nied by a gui­tarist, and Bilodeau, per­form­ing Al­most is Never Enough by Ari­ana Grande.

The top three fi­nal­ists com­pete at the Welles­ley Apple But­ter and Cheese Fes­ti­val at month’s end, with the first-place win­ner re­ceiv­ing a $500 prize, sec­ond place $300, third place $200 and finally a Peo­ple’s Choice win­ner – who was voted on Tues­day evening – will take home $125.

[ALI WIL­SON / THE OB­SERVER]

Anas­ta­sia Bilodeau, Chris­tian Econo­mides and Tay­lor Kelly were named the top three fi­nal­ists of the Welles­ley Idol Com­pe­ti­tion Tues­day evening. The trio will per­form at the Welles­ley Apple But­ter and Cheese Fes­ti­val Sept. 30.

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