It’s no secret that the young musicians at Rockford High School are consistently among the best in the state. Rockford students shine every year in the annual musical, marching band competitions, local bands, Solo & Ensemble, Band and Choir Festivals, Variety Show, and many other activities. Add to that Rockford Idol: on October 25th, RHS crowned its second Rockford Idol, junior Lindsey Normington.
This solo singing competition featured the finest Rockford student singers in a two-night competition. The event was hosted by the Rockford Aces, a cappella men’s group, who gave performances to close each evening. Celebrity Emcee Catherine Behrendt from WZZM kept the event moving along as each competitor performed and interacted with the judges. The celebrity judges included Michael Crittenden of Mackinaw Harvest Studios and local band Troll for Trout, WZZM reporter Brent Ashcroft, and RHS teachers Susan Clements, Kaelynn VanBuren, and Bob Wells.
On October 23, the audience and judges heard from over 35 talented students; the judges selected 12 finalists to move on to the Finals. On the 25th, these finalists performed with tracks or accompanied by piano, guitar, or ukulele. The final results were: Cash Maciel (10) in third place; Baileigh Aldrich (9) in second place; and winner Lindsey Normington (11). The top three were selected by audience voting, with last year’s Rockford Idol Marley Ferguson performing original songs from her new EP “As It Turns Out” while votes were tallied. A variety of musical styles were heard at the finals, with the top-three performing songs by R. Kelly, George Gershwin, and Bob Dylan (Normington sang “Don’t Think Twice” by Dylan, accompanying herself on ukulele).
The top three received cash prizes and Normington won a grand prize consisting of four hours of recording generously donated by Mackinaw Harvest Studios in Grand Rapids and a photo shoot donated by Studio D2D in Rockford. All ticket proceeds from the evening benefited the Rockford Aces, who are finishing work on their second CD, due out in December.