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Stars shine over NRV Fairgrounds

DUBLIN — After two nights of auditions, the trio of judges for the Star of the Blue Ridge competition has named the first six finalists.
The finalists include:
•Mindy Anderson of Hillsville. The judges commented that she “sold the song to the audience,” gave a “good performance,” had “excellent stage presence,” and said that they liked her “mellow” voice.
•Tony Eads of Pulaski. The judges commented that he had “strong pipes,” has “natural talent,” and said that he is a “well-rounded singer and performer.”
•Janice Hale of Radford. The judges commented she has a “distinct country sound,” she appeared to be very “comfortable” with singing, and that she would “make a good country and western showgirl.”
•Vickie Kilpatrick of Radford. The judges commented that she gave a “dramatic presentation” and that they enjoyed her “smooth, soulful sound.”
•Sherry Turbeville of Dublin. The judges commented that she had “nice vocal control,” said that she “connected well with the audience” and had “good dynamics.”
•Cheryl Yopp of Christiansburg. The judges commented that she had a “strong voice,” said that she “connected with the audience” and that she had a “diverse sound.”
“As the judge coordinator, I am very pleased with the contestants chosen by the judges,” said Judy Ison, director of the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley. “The judges worked very hard on coming up with the contestants that have the total package to be the ‘star’ of the Blue Ridge. The contestants are very talented and diverse in their singing styles. We look forward to next week’s competition.”

Forrest Surber, contest creator and host, added that he was also very happy with the judges decisions and that he believed Ison did an excellent job in choosing the three judges: Clint Ison, Melanie Ondich and Keith Chinault.
Auditions will continue next Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. at the New River Valley Fairgrounds in Dublin.
From those two auditions, six more finalists will be chosen, bringing the number of finalists to 12, who will move on to compete during the Fourth of July celebration at the NRV Fairgrounds.
Surber said he would encourage contestants to arrive and audition early, as a larger turn-out of participants is expected to audition next week.

For more information about the contest, visit www. nrvfair.com or contact the NRV Fairgrounds office at 674-1548.

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Stars shine over NRV Fairgrounds

DUBLIN — After two nights of auditions, the trio of judges for the Star of the Blue Ridge competition has named the first six finalists.
The finalists include:
•Mindy Anderson of Hillsville. The judges commented that she “sold the song to the audience,” gave a “good performance,” had “excellent stage presence,” and said that they liked her “mellow” voice.
•Tony Eads of Pulaski. The judges commented that he had “strong pipes,” has “natural talent,” and said that he is a “well-rounded singer and performer.”
•Janice Hale of Radford. The judges commented she has a “distinct country sound,” she appeared to be very “comfortable” with singing, and that she would “make a good country and western showgirl.”
•Vickie Kilpatrick of Radford. The judges commented that she gave a “dramatic presentation” and that they enjoyed her “smooth, soulful sound.”
•Sherry Turbeville of Dublin. The judges commented that she had “nice vocal control,” said that she “connected well with the audience” and had “good dynamics.”
•Cheryl Yopp of Christiansburg. The judges commented that she had a “strong voice,” said that she “connected with the audience” and that she had a “diverse sound.”
“As the judge coordinator, I am very pleased with the contestants chosen by the judges,” said Judy Ison, director of the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley. “The judges worked very hard on coming up with the contestants that have the total package to be the ‘star’ of the Blue Ridge. The contestants are very talented and diverse in their singing styles. We look forward to next week’s competition.”

Forrest Surber, contest creator and host, added that he was also very happy with the judges decisions and that he believed Ison did an excellent job in choosing the three judges: Clint Ison, Melanie Ondich and Keith Chinault.
Auditions will continue next Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. at the New River Valley Fairgrounds in Dublin.
From those two auditions, six more finalists will be chosen, bringing the number of finalists to 12, who will move on to compete during the Fourth of July celebration at the NRV Fairgrounds.
Surber said he would encourage contestants to arrive and audition early, as a larger turn-out of participants is expected to audition next week.

For more information about the contest, visit www. nrvfair.com or contact the NRV Fairgrounds office at 674-1548.

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