Eleven contestants will take part in the second Upper Idol karaoke contest final Wednesday at Shotzy’s Bar and Grille.
Contestants have from 6-7 p.m. to register and select their songs, while the competition will begin shortly thereafter.
“It’s been a great summer and the competition has been great,” Shotzy’s manager Kari Archibald said. “It has made our summer move by fast.”
Brenda Bosworth, of Upper Sandusky, was the week 1 winner as she went country with Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and Wade Jackson’s “Right or Wrong.”
Idol’s 2011 runner-up Shanna Clark, of Nevada, returned to win week 2 by singing “Fancy” by Reba McEntire and “Gunpowder and Lead” by Miranda Lambert. Also advancing to the finals are Montana Tolle, of Ada, and Taylor Thrasher, of Marion.
Tiffin’s Kevin Glick used Tracey Lawrence’s “Paint Me a Birmingham” and The Temptations’ “My Girl” to claim the week 3 title. Upper Sandusky residents Paul Hord and Shirley Smith also advanced to the finals from the week.
A Tiffin resident claimed the week 4 crown as well, as Ron Isner sang “All the Gold in California” by Gatlin and “Midnight Confessions” by Grass Roots” for the win. Other finalists from the week were Raven Maloney, of Carey, and Taylor Renae Sites, of Upper Sandusky.
Fremont’s Tammy Harder earned a birth in the finals by winning week 7. She sang Gretchen Wilson’s “All Jacked Up” and Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All.”
Ben Naus, of Forest, was the inaugural idol winner last August, while Upper Sandusky’s Lukas Frey placed third behind Clark.
“Thank you to everyone who has came out to Upper Idol,” Archibald said. “We cannot wait to name and congratulate our winner.”
Upper Idol is co-sponsored by Shotzy’s and The Daily-Chief Union.
The grand prize is a trip to Las Vegas.
By PATRICK MASSARA