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Song selection is key

January 18, 2010 - Cindy Votruba
Shay’s had a little “American Idol” of its own in a way with the karaoke finals this past Saturday. A few people I know, Ross included, were finalists.

So we were trying to figure out a song Ross could do that was within his range (bass) and one that he somewhat knew. For some reason, someone suggested a U2 song. A group of us were together Saturday afternoon to stuff envelopes for the Marshall Area Stage Company patron drive. Then after watching “Hello Dolly” (cuz that’s how we roll in the theater biz), we looked up a couple of U2 songs on YouTube. Ross mainly practiced “With Or Without You,” which ended up being his “practice” song for the finals. Each of the contestants did a practice song and then their contest song. I kind of had a hand in choosing his contest song. Ross has a couple of songs he can do well, one being “Just a Gigolo” by David Lee Roth (but he got into the finals with that song) and then “Zoot Suit Riot” by the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. Figured he should do something different, so I encouraged him to do "Zoot Suit Riot."

Another karaoke finalist, Jim, did the same contest song that got him into the finals “Faith” by George Michael. He wasn’t the only one. Apparently another contestant, Dominic, got into the finals with “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. Some contestants, Jim included, tried to work the audience. As “Zoot Suit Riot” starts out with like a 24-measure instrumental, Ross was doing some “white boy” shuffle-type dance. I was told not to look, but I did..and started to laugh. But the audience was singing along with him, so I knew there was a potential for taking one of the three top spots.

Jim had to sing a tiebreaker along with another contestant, Paulette. He ended up in fourth; Paulette took third. Other finalists were named (not Ross) to get a free drink for their efforts. Then the first place winner was named, Carrie (another person who has been involved with MASC this past summer), so that left Ross with taking second. He won a $50 gift certificate to Shay’s. Not bad for someone who just learned his warmup song an hour before going.


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