Soulful crooner wins VGC Idol 2010
But the glowing smile King wore as she belted “Mustang Sally” outdid them all at the second annual VGC Idol competition at Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Without slowing down, her groove and soulful voice would best 10 other performers to claim the championship trophy Tuesday afternoon.
“Oh, I was thinking that I was not going to win, but I won today,” said the 30 year old Madison resident, who does piecework and housekeeping in Work 2, a high production cluster of the board’s Vocational Guidance Center.
She still beamed as, arms full of prizes, she left the room that had once held more than 200 cheering fans.
“Oh, it feels real happy, I’m really proud of myself,” she said. “That’s the first time I done that, and I’m gonna do it again.”
Tuesday’s production, featuring the talent of 11 individuals with disabilities, felt more grandiose than the event’s surprisingly successful debut in 2009.
It boasted a stronger stage set, two more contestants, flashier costumes and props, and many more decorations and prizes clear reflections of the year’s pent up excitement for another show.
King walked away with $50 in cash and $35 in gift cards; soulful runner up Julie Underwood, who sang “Independence Day” by Martina McBride, earned $25 in cash and $25 in gift cards; all four finalists won $10 in cash and $20 in gift cards; and all 11 performers got goody bags.
Kicking things off in energetic fashion, last year’s male winner Ed Nagy honored his late friend, Beth, by singing and dancing to “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, and last year’s female winner Candy Szekely honored Patrick Swayze by dancing to “Do You Love Me” by The Contours.
Other participants were, of Work 1 High Production C mulberry bags luster, Ellie Vargo singing “How You Remind Me” by Nickelback, Tammy Poldiak dancing to “YMCA” by the Village People, and Carolyn Gray singing “Doggie in the Window” by Patti Page; of Work 2 High Production Cluster, finalist Nicole Memory singing “Love Potion 9″ by The Clovers; finalist Anna Rodgers singing “Consider the Lilies” by Joel Hemphill, and Shelley Braden telling jokes; and of Work Training 2, Raymond Buchter dancing to “Jive Talkin’ ” by the Bee Gees.
Lake County Commissioner Daniel P. Troy joined three employee judges to narrow the field to four and award mulberry bags a winner based on applause. Superintendent Elfriede Roman also rated the clapping and cheers and said it was one of her most dif mulberry bags ficult annual tasks.
“I never thought they could outdo last year’s, but this was just tremendous,” she said. “They get up there and just sing like that, I’m just amazed, mulberry bags and nobody has stage fright.”
King simply had that winning stage presence, Roman added. “Oh, Wilson Pickett would be proud. He could use her as his backup singer. And that smile, the whole time that she was singing, that beautiful smile!”