The dark clouds were rolling in and stayed around during most of the event. There were storms around the area Saturday afternoon, but they moved out quickly and gave the Idol volunteers time to get everything set and ready for the night’s event.
Roy Costner and his gang of volunteers have had to set up, take down and set up the equipment again due to storms that have made their way through the area over the past couple Saturday afternoons. However, the storms haven’t seemed to hurt the number of people coming out to the show.
In the unfortunate condition that there are storms or extreme weather, Costner, Mayor Brian Deese, and the City Council will meet together and make a decision about the show for that evening. However, they will probably not cancel for rain due to the responses that they have had in the past.
Costner says the attendance is still above average for this point in the show. He says the talent is excellent, the crowd is great and everyone seems to be having fun. People are coming from all over South Carolina and the Upstate to participate in or watch Liberty Idol.
The show did go on Saturday as planned, and boy was there some great talent. People of all diversities put on a show for the audience; young, old, those who sang soul, country, Christian and there was even a duo.
The judges were a diverse bunch of people as well. Lisa Rollins of W.O.R.D. was a judge as usual with her husband, Warren Rollins. Director, singer, and actor Kenny Capps was a judge for the evening.
Also, John Homas from England was a guest judge. He is a drum player who enjoys vacationing in Pickens County. Another guest judge was Bo Stegall from the Dacusville/Pickens area who has made his name famous on the television screen. He has been involved with American Idol, VH1, MTV, and the Style Network. He was on the show Glam God, and begins filming a new show called Split Ends on May 26 on the Style Channel.
Roy Costner would like to remind everyone that this week, Saturday, May 16 will be the last week of audition for the Liberty Idol contest. Auditions will take place at the Rosewood Center at noon. This will be a first-come-first-serve basis. One the judges have met their quota; there will be no more chance to audition. This is your chance to qualify for the Liberty Idol competition with audience voting that starts May 23.