HELP FROM SIS — Youngster Amanda Moultan gets help from her sister in remembering her lyrics during the first round of Karaoke for Cancer. Moultan sang through her Taylor Swift tune and halfway through, removed her disguise to reveal her flashy attire. I-O Photo by Deanna Wakkinen
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
This year’s Karaoke for Cancer got off to a great start on Nov. 6 with kids age 10 and under competing for their chance to sing in the finals contest on Nov. 20.
Eight contestants put on their best and sang for the crowd as well as the three judges who were Carol Johns, Jim Greer and Jacob Fagan. Singers were judged on stage presence, vocal ability and appearance. During the course of the evening, $877 was raised for the Conrad Community Cancer Foundation.
Their score is combined with the amount of money that is raised in their name during the competition for the Cancer Foundation to determine the winners. There is a third, second and first place winner as well as a judge’s choice winner who will all make it to the final round of competition.
First up to sing was Amanda Moultan with You Belong to Me by Taylor Swift. She received a combined score of 21.
Second was Aspen Petrosky with Dynamite by Taio Cruz. Her performance landed her a score of 17.
Bridger Gouchenour came dressed for his performance with a tail and mask that added to his song I Just Can’t Wait to be King from Disney’s Lion King. Greer jokingly asked him where he learned to dance and gave him a nine. His combined score was 24 and was enough for him to land in third place.
Next came Nyssa Welker with the song Perfect by Pink. She completed her performance with the right outfit for rockin’ out in and earned a score of 25. Her efforts were rewarded with the first place prize of the afternoon.
Hayden Dugan came on stage with Code of Many Colors by Dolly Pardon and Shania Twain. She had a combined score of 20.
Sheridan Richter sang Mean by Taylor Swift and her score of 24 made her the judge’s choice winner of the competition.
Kaitlyn Gouchenour performed an excellent encore with You Belong to Me by Taylor Swift. Her overall highest score of the afternoon was 26 and it put her in second place.
The next round of competition will be on Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. in the Orpheum Theatre/Weigand Auditorium. Contestants will be ages 11 to 17 and are sure to be fighting hard to take their place in the final’s competition.