Idol Natalie wins contest

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY

THE Rockhampton Idol contest is striking a chord with singers all over town.

Over 100 people attended the fourth round of competition last Saturday.

The weekend contest, held at the Frenchville Sports Club, featured 14 contestants.

They sang a variety of rock, pop and dance songs.

But it was Natalie Green who ended up winning the contest.

Her rendition of Celine Dion's, My Heart Will Go On, blew the audience away, said Meegan Armstrong event co-ordinator for the Rockhampton Show.

"Rockhampton has so much musical talent,'' she said.

"The contest is designed to showcase these talented local people.''

Ms Armstrong was one of three judges at Saturday's contest. The contestants were judged on four different aspects of their performance: vocals, stage presentation, song knowledge and audience appreciation.

"Vocals are worth 50%, stage presentation and song knowlege are each worth 20% and audience appreciation is worth 10%,'' she said.

But unlike the television show Australian Idol, the judges do not critique the performers.

"We let the audience do that,'' she said. "They write on a piece of paper their comments and the contestants can then read them after.'' The Rockhampton Idol Grand Final will be held on June 17.

The winner will be awarded with two tickets to the Australian Idol grand final at the Sydney Operahouse, along with a $100 prize package. Second and third-placed finalists will also receive a prize package.



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