One Last Shot

BEMUS POINT – The competition was fierce in the penultimate elimination round of the 2014 SE93 Chautauqua Lake Voices competition at Bemus Point’s floating stage.

In their fifth week of competition, the five remaining contestants were each afforded two opportunities to prove to the judging panel why they should advance to next week’s final round – singing two songs apiece under the category of “movie themes.”

The evening commenced with an encore performance of Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds” by Victoria McIlvain, who won “coolest performer” in last week’s competition featuring the music of Collins and Genesis. As the contestants performed their first round of song selections, it became apparent that the advice administered last week by judges Tim Edborg, Patricia Newman, Michelle Paterniti and Andrew Minton to essentially step up their game had been heeded.

The first half of the program featured nearly flawless performances from each contestant. This week’s performances included: McIlvain singing “I Dreamed a Dream” and “My Heart Will Go On”; Rose Segel singing “Son of a Preacher Man” and “Safe and Sound”; Margie Nelson singing “A Thousand Years” and “Flashdance”; Ashley Reefer singing “Skyfall” and “I Believe in You and Me”; and Dylan Carlson singing “Titanium” and “Keep Your Heart Up.”

Despite the talented display of vocal abilities put forth by each contestant, the nature of the competition warranted two more eliminations before next week’s finale. After deliberation from the judging panel, Nelson and Segel were eliminated. McIlvain and Reefer both tied as “coolest performers” of the evening.

The 11th annual Chautauqua Lake Voices competition will wrap up Monday, with the three remaining finalists performing a song of their own choosing and a song that has been selected for them by the judges.