“I’ve picked a song that’s going to be a little risky in a country showdown, but what the heck,” she said. “I’m going to sing what I feel.”
Cindy Ison, a senior lecturer in music at Indiana University Kokomo, is one of three judges for the local competition.
She said contestants are judged on potential for marketability, overall talent, pitch accuracy and stage presence and charisma.
“The stage presence is a big thing,” Ison said. “If you just stand there and sing a song, that’s one thing. But if you connect with the audience, that’s another thing. Mobility and pizzazz are important.”
She said It’s been a lot of fun already.
“I’m impressed with what I’ve seen so far.”