Despite never having performed on a big stage before this month, Lynnwood High School’s Makeala Eddings survived two elimination rounds from previous weeks and then won over the final round judges Thursday night with her rendition of the Jennifer Hudson song Love You I Do and was named the Terrace Idol 2015 winner.
Eddings was selected as the judges’ winner of the three-week singing competition; Mountlake Terrace High School’s Alisha Clingan won the Audience Choice winner’s trophy.
Eddings, a junior at Lynnwood High School, beat out 19 other competitors that made it past an initial audition phase of the event and the four other finalists that performed Thursday night before a big audience at Mountlake Terrace High School.
Though she sings regularly in front of her church congregation in Everett, Eddings said she hasn’t sung in front of any crowds as big as what she saw during the Terrace Idol performances. “I’m not involved with anything like that, so for me to do this and for me to win it, I’m so blessed,” she said.
Eddings did work up the nerve to audition for the X-Factor television reality show competition a few years ago, but that didn’t go as well as she would have hoped. “I actually tried out for X-Factor the first year it was in (Seattle), and they told me, ‘you were good but you weren’t good enough or what we are looking for.’ That was really motivation for me to do this,” she said.
Competing in this year’s edition of Terrace Idol was a daring return to music for Eddings. “I stopped singing for a little bit after X-Factor told me that I wasn’t good enough,” Eddings said. “So I thought what a better way to jump in then to just jump in.”
When asked if she has any plans on continuing to share her singing talent now that she has won Terrace Idol, Eddings was emphatic: “Of course I do! To stop singing would be ridiculous to me now,” she said with a smile.
Eddings was one of two finalists from Lynnwood High School to perform Thursday; McKenna Sessions kicked off the final round of Terrace Idol with a theatrical rendition of Don’t Rain on My Parade.
Mountlake Terrace’s Clingan won the support of the Thursday’s audience with her version of the gospel song “Love Came Down;” the Terrace senior was accompanied on piano by her mother, Debra.
Two Edmonds-Woodway High School students rounded out the five competitors of this year’s Terrace Idol final night. Aliya Marulita performed a moving version of Feeling Good; Rodney Ocefemia sang Stand By Me while playing an acoustic stand-up bass.
– By Doug Petrowski