Jimmy Lewis performed Matchbox Twenty’s “Hang” during the Feb 11 competition and ended up a winner with 733 votes being cast in his ballot box.
“I never expected to win,” said Lewis. “There was a great deal of talent competing and I feel honored to have been chosen by the audience!” Lewis had quite a turnout of support with family and friends from the Cedar Springs area totaling around 30 people.
Melissa (Missy) Armstrong, from Sand Lake, also competed singing “People get ready” by Curtis Mayfield.
Lewis will compete again in the semi-finals on Thursday, Feb. 25, along with 11 others, and six finalists will go on to compete for a $1,000 grand prize on March 4.
Casting began in January for local area talents to compete in the six-week competition.
“We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the great variety that have signed up,” said Kelly Carey of Creative Edge Productions, which is coordinating the contestants. “We’ve got break dancers, rappers, all sorts of singers.”
About 15 acts compete each Thursday at Bobarinos on the second floor of The B.O.B., where the audience can enjoy food and drinks. Each selected act pays a $20 fee, but there is no cover charge for the audience and minors are welcome also.