MC for this event
Dave Baldridge - Pastor of the United Methodist Church
The show started with a song from the 5 male contestants
The first performer wass Sarah Craddock and she is sponsored by
Robert Shainline Photography and Video. Sarah enjoys fishing, softball,
lifting weights and is inspired by Mariah Carey. Sarah will be singing
"What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
Second performer was Shane Gil who is sponsored by Howards Restaurant.
Shane recently graduated from LBHS and now is attending State College of
Florida. His favorite hobby is doing handstands, and he would like to dedicate
his song to Denise Amber Lee and her family.
He will be singing ‘One Song Glory’ from the musical ‘RENT’
Bethany Barnthouse was up third and she is sponsored by Riverwood
Golf and Country Club! When Bethany isn’t obsessing over Nick Jonas, she
loves to partake in musicals, recently starring in "The Wedding Singer"
and "AIDA". Bethany will be singing ‘The Climb’ by Miley Cyrus
Fourth was Micah Cole, Micah is sponsored by Englewood Animal Hospital
and Babe’s Ace Hardware. Micah attends LBHS and is a sophomore. He likes
to play piano and guitar and is a member of the ROTC. He will be performing
‘1, 2, 3, 4’ by the Plain White Tee’s.
Next was Tory Rake, also a sophomore and sponsored by Autowise
and Ace Hardware. She enjoys listening to Toby Mac and reading. Tory will
be singing ‘You Were Mine’ by the Dixie Chicks
The background for each performance was a huge screen that was
showing the audience a view from a roaming video camera.
Here are the judges (which were facing away from me)
on the big screen talking to the performers.
Judges for this show were Sally Lutz, Lemon Bay High School English
Teacher and trained vocalist; David Dignam, Owner of Key Agency and
former theatre parent and volunteer; and Steve Baumann, Englewood
Sun Herald Editor and support of Lemon Bay High School Theatre
Cole Mars is sponsored by Identity Stronghold and is currently
attending Vineland Elementary School. He plays in a baseball league and
loves Selena Gomez. He will be singing “Everywhere” by Michelle Branch.
7th was Kayla Kraft. Kayla is sponsored by Susan Sutton Accounting
and tax Services. Some of Kayla’s hobbies include cheerleading, photography,
and theatre. She looks up to Taylor Swift for inspiration. She will be
singing ‘My Heart Will Go On’ by Celine Dion
Emily Stuckey was 8th, and was sponsored by Dr. Ehrlich orthodontist
for children and adults. Emily also attends LBHS and is a junior. Emily
plays soccer and runs cross country. Her favorite performer is Martina
McBride because she is confident and amazing.Emily sang
‘Before He Cheats’ By Carrie Underwood
Nancy Turpin was the next contestant. She is the youth pastor at
West Coast Church and will be singing “Save Me”.
Nancy is sponsored by the 5678 Dance studio.
Next up is David Skehan, he is sponsored by Pearls of Faith.
David is a sophomore at Lemon Bay, and enjoys playing tennis when
he isn’t singing. His favorite group is Hillsong United, and his vocal
inspiration is Contestant #11 Vanessa Morris. David performed
a song by his favorite group Hillsong United.
Vanessa Morris was #11 and was sponsored by Kiwi Express.
She enjoys church, swimming, and writing in her free time.
Her vocal inspiration is Contestant #10 David Skehan, and she
will be performing Dearly Loved by Jimmy Neadham.
The final contestant was Gus Reyes. Gus is sponsored by his family
and children Veronica, Jessica, Sarah, Manuel, and Tereasa.
Gus works in sales and construction, but shares the same passion
as everyone else; singing. He loves listening to Josh Grobin.
Gus sang 'Kissing a Fool’ by George Michael.
There was a short intermission while votes from the audience
were counted in the lobby. A $1 donation allowed you to vote one
time for your favoite singer... but you could vote as many times as you
Above is the senior leadership group that organized and ran the event.
Intermission music by this brass trio - Andy
These five finalist were chosen and the final votes were counted
Second Runner Up
First Runner up
Winner of the 2009 Engelwood Idol Contest
and recipient of a check for $500
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