BEMUS POINT - Only four singers remain in the Chautauqua Lake Voices vocal competition.
Following Monday evening's Madonna and Bon Jovi night, Emily Windoft, Dylan Carlson, Allison Beach and Elizabeth Lucas have been eliminated from Chautauqua Lake Voices. The remaining four, Nicole Tenpas, Michael Nugent, Bill Brunacini and Teal Weatherley, will compete during the finale night on Monday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m.
According to Andrew Hill, director of operations and programming for Media One Group, producer and host of the show, the decision of who would move on to finale week was made less difficult by the performers, many of whom struggled with pitch problems.
"I thought tonight went pretty well," said Hill. "We were actually caught off-guard with how some of the performers were not at the top of their game, and it kind of surprised us a little bit."
"Performers who stepped it up tonight did very well while some performers didn't do as well as we know they can do, but in the end the decisions were made based on each performance tonight," Hill continued. "And, because some of the performances weren't up to par it actually made the judges' decisions a little easier than we thought it was going to be."
Because the field had been narrowed to eight during previous weeks, Monday's show allowed for each performer, and the judges, to get a little more time to spotlight their personalities.
"It gave the judges the opportunity to give some real feedback to the singers," said Hill.
The evening opened with Windoft's "coolest performer" rendition of Billy Joel's "Only The Good Die Young." She was followed by Weatherley, whose rendition of "Dress You Up" by Madonna was given an "A-plus performance" by judge Tim Edborg. Carlson then took the stage to perform "Livin' On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi. He was followed by Beach's cover of "Material Girl" by Madonna. And, Windoft sang "Have A Nice Day" by Bon Jovi before the intermission.
Judge Patricia Newman called Tenpas' voice "Pretty and clean" following her redition of Madonna's "Like A Prayer." Brunacini's "Misunderstood" by Bon Jovi showed off his range, and pitch accuracy according to judge Drew Minton. Lucas then took on "Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna. And, Nugent's "What Do You Got" by Bon Jovi with a standing ovation. Judge Michele Paterniti thanked Nugent a total of five times for having such a spot-on performance.
According to Hill, the finale will be a great night because the remaining singers are strong performers.
"It should be one heck of a throwdown," said Hill. "We're down to the four best singers of the competition, who have really gained a lot of confidence and one will join the group who makes up the talented past winners."
During the finale, the remaining four competitors will sing anything they would like, as well as perform a song chosen by the judges.
"The judges set them up to succeed, and they will give them the options of what songs they see them performing," said Hill. "By doing this it really gives them the opportunity to surprise the judges on the most important night of the whole summer."
During the show, Hill announced a 10-year anniversary show, which will occur in December, and is being planned in conjunction with Angelo Giuffre and the Spire Theater. More will be announced at a later date.
The competition will continue Monday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Floating Stage in Bemus Point. For more information visit ChautauquaLakeVoices.com or search for "Chautauqua Lake Voices" on Facebook.