HARROD — Fifteen contestants battled it out for the title of Marimor Idol in a competition Thursday night at Allen East High School.
The competition is now in its 13th year.
“This night is all about showcasing our individuals, their talents. They come in and they practice and we have preliminaries where they try out and they sing their music and from there we go on and we take the top scores and then they perform at Marimor Idol,” said Amy Allen, finance manager of Marimor Industries.
“There’s a lot of talent. This year’s competition is probably one of our stronger competition years. The talent each year just keeps building and as we have people come in and out of our services, we get new talent each year,” she said.
The level of the talent is quite surprising.
“I’ve been working for Marimor for almost 16 years so and I still am amazed each year at different people. Last year’s winner is coming back this year as a guest singer and he was practicing yesterday and he was singing an Alan Jackson song and you couldn’t even tell the difference between his voice and Alan Jackson’s voice. It was phenomenal,” she said.
While Marimor Idol is, right now, a singing competition, that may change.
“We’re looking at, possibly in the future, of opening up instead of just a singing competition, a talent competition because I know we haven’t touched on that. I’m sure there’s other individuals that we serve that have other talents other than just singing that we haven’t touched on,” she said.
Many of the competitors have made it to the finals before.
“Some of our finalists have been in the competition before and we have four new people this year so they’re singing anything from Elvis Presley to Christian to folk and rock music, so there’s quite a wide variety there and their talents are just phenomenal,” she said.
Allen is happy with the support the event has received.
“I think it’s great that they can go out and showcase their abilities to the community and it’s great that the community comes back and supports them each year. It’s a really good thing to have,” she said.
Allen thinks the opportunity for these individuals to shine is something pretty special.
“They enjoy showing their talents. They don’t get to go out and do this every day as many of us don’t get to go out and stand on stage and perform so they really look forward to it all year long. By the first of the year they start asking when are we going to have Marimor Idol again.
The competitors included Richard Tillman, Meghan Long, Troy Mowery, Robert Healy, Ian Steinke, Carlisha Monford, Erica Ridenour, John Musto, Debbe Binkley, Lester James, Seth Kunkelman, Kay Cooper, Henry Oliver, Michael Spencer and Desaray Schoefield.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.