After several years of amazing performances, Liz Walker broke through.
Two performances that stood out among 10 finalists of the Oneonta Ultimate Idol made it difficult to pass over Liz again this year. One year after being the runner-up in the annual competition held by one of the area radio stations, Liz wowed a large crowd (estimated at 800-plus) with her vocals and the way she carried herself to be the Ultimate Idol and win the largest purse to date in the competition — $3,000!
She earned it.
With a contingent of fans that included her friends, family, her boyfriend Gid and his family, and several of us from the softball team, Liz by far had the loudest and best group of fans.
When she belted out Fantasia Barrino’s “I believe” as the 10th and final singer of the first round, there was no doubt who the person to beat this year was. She had the crowd going absolutely bonkers.
Take a peek for yourself:
Pretty awesome, right?
Many of us thought she got jobbed in last year’s Ultimate Idol when she was named the runner up. This year made it that much better when she won.
Her second song — the judge’s choice — was an older song and one that many people might have not heard before. Makes it tough when you are the final contestant of the night, eh?
She had to sing “Misty Blue,” the Dorothy Moore version — a song that was recorded in 1976. No worries. With that big crowd backing her, she slayed that song, too, getting one of the best ovations of the night.
A couple of images from that song performance:
And, of course, I must add the video of the announcement…
Congrats to Liz! It was well-earned and you really wowed the crowd last night!
- To view other photos from Liz’s winning night, visit my set on Flickr.
- You can visit this set on Flickr to see photos from her semifinals performance.
- Video from her semifinals performance can be seen on my Flickr, too (just a small clip).
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