The five finalists for the 2016 Terrace Idol singing competition are set after a night of very diverse performances Thursday before the contest’s three judges and an appreciative audience at the Mountlake Terrace High School Theater.
Edmonds-Woodway High School’s Redney Ocfemia, a 2015 Terrace Idol finalist, and four Mountlake Terrace High School competitors — Kyle Llarenas, Maddy Caiola, Rackeb and Kyle Henderson — make up this year’s final five.
Ocfemia sang “Stronger” by Kanye West while accompanying himself on the guitar to impress the three judges. Llarenas got the audience grooving to a Post Malone R&B track while Caiola sang “Poetic Justice” by rapper Kendrick Lamar. Kelemu moved the crowd with Adele’s “Turning Tables” while Henderson had fun with “I Can’t Stand Still,” a track from the Footloose soundtrack.
Returning for Round 2 after adjudicating Round 1 a week prior were judges Kevin Douglas, a professional performer in Seattle-area theater; Meg Stecker-Thorsen, a theater director and vocal teacher; and Susan Dolacky, a music instructor from Shoreline Community College.
The five finalists will compete for the 2016 Terrace Idol crown on Friday, Feb. 26, at the MTHS Theater. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $5 and will be available at the door.
–By Doug Petrowski