Fair show previews ‘Ohio Idol’ finale

The top 10 competitors for the Ohio Idol contest performed Tuesday at the Seneca County Fair.

The competition began when Steve Wise, CEO of Ohio Idol and In Tune Promotions LLC, thought talent was going unnoticed in national contests such as America’s Got Talent and The X Factor.

The only requirements for the competition were that applicants must be from Ohio and older than 12 years old.

The top prize for the winner is $10,000 and a recording contract, along with performing at the Ohio State Fair for the contest’s finale July 27 and headlining the Season 2 tour.

The competition started in June at Westerville Central High School for the first and second rounds of auditions. July 3, the top 50 performed at the Red White and Boom celebration in Columbus.

Greg Cooley, 28, from North Olmsted, started out Tuesday’s show with a rendition of Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name”.

Following Cooley were Dean Vecchio and Jacob Gilmore performing Josh Turner’s “Your Man.”

Vecchio, a 26-year-old Akron native, previously has been through several rounds on “American Idol,” “The Voice” and “X Factor.”

Gilmore, 18, is from Gallipolis.

One of the youngest performers at 14, Savannah Amerson of LaRue performed “Cups” from the movie “Pitch Perfect.” Amerson attends Elgin High School and is on the varsity cheerleading squad.

Vecchio, Wes Bales and Derek Carozza performed Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise.” Bales, 31, is a Lucasville native, while Carozza, 24, is from Lebanon.

Gilmore came back to perform an acoustic version of Scotty McCreery’s “See You Tonight.”

Following his performance, Shannon Sharp, 21, of Cincinnati performed Kelly Clarkson’s “People Like Us.” She studies musical theatre at North Kentucky University.

John Tucker, 16, of Columbus performed an acoustic version of “Baby” by Justin Bieber with the assistance of Amerson and Olivia Totty, 14, from Huber Heights.

Vecchio also performed Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.”

Cooley performed “Treasure” by Bruno Mars, including an impromptu dance break.

Totty and Amerson performed a duet of “I Love It” by Icona Pop and Charli XCX.

Bales closed out the program with “How Bout You” by Eric Church.

Cortney Prantl, 27 of Delaware, did not perform at that concert.

The Top 10 performed another concert at 9 p.m.

The Top 10 will be performing at the Summitt County Fair Thursday before heading to Columbus for the finale at the state fair.

More information about the tour and Season 3 of Ohio Idol can be found at www.ohio-idol.com.