And Then There Were Eight

BEMUS POINT – Competitors in week two of the SE93 Chautauqua Lake Voices competition made notable improvements over their debut performances last week, but the field has nevertheless been reduced to eight.

Two more contestants of the 11th annual vocal competition at the Bemus Point floating stage were eliminated in the second installation of the 2014 series Monday evening, which featured song selections from the FOX TV program, “Glee.”

Hundreds of area residents turned out for the program, in which the 10 remaining contestants performed for a temporarily reduced judge panel of three – Tim Edborg, Michelle Paterniti and Drew Minton. Although it was only the second time contestants had congregated on the floating stage to compete, Andrew Hill, competition host, noted that the contestants were already developing friendships and a certain level of comfort among each other while introducing contestant Rose Segal.

“I think we’ve all had those scary moments onstage, and I think that makes us all friends,” Segal said in reply to Hill. “We’re all here to support each other, because it’s not a ruthless competition by any means.”

Judges were very complimentary of each of the singers, indicating that a majority of the singers had improved upon their pitch and showmanship over the course of the past week. The program included performances by each of the remaining 10 contestants, including: Bryan Moore, who sang “Danny’s Song”; Victoria McIlvain, who sang “The Lady is a Tramp”; Segal, who sang “Beautiful”; Dylan Carlson, who sang “The Scientist”; Margie Nelson, who sang “Don’t Stop Believin'”; Ashley Paulus, who sang “Make You Feel My Love”; Karina Simmons, who sang “Defying Gravity”; Kristina Bullock, who sang “On My Own”; Ashley Reefer, who sang “Don’t Rain on My Parade”; and Josh Lucas, who sang “It’s Time.”

After deliberation from the judging panel, Simmons and Bullock were eliminated. Reefer was voted “coolest performer” of the evening, receiving the first standing ovation of the year following her performance.

The series will continue with its third installation Monday at 6:30 p.m., in which the remaining eight contestants will sing a selection of songs from Phil Collins and Genesis.