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Izzy Simone and Josh Watts after the victory

Duo Wins Week 6 of Karaoke for Ka$h!

October 21, 2012       Leave a Comment
By: Sean Connelly

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Karaoke for Ka$h has seen it's share of firsts this season. It's the first time there have been weekly winners in the contest's short but eventful history, newcomers have won on their first night, and now a duet performance by Josh Watts and Izzy Simone is the first to punch it's ticket to the $500 finale.

There was a good combination of both previous winners and finale hopefuls for Week 6's turnout. While the previous winners continued to hone their skills, taking the feedback from the judges and applying it to their future performances, those who have yet to win continued to impress. None more so than Josh Watts as he teamed up with friend Izzy Simone to perform the unplugged version of Korn's Freak on a Leash. "We heard a friend do the actual version of the song and we wanted to try the unplugged version," said Simone. "It's very rare to see harmony done in duets, and harmony gets attention."

The duet performing
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Watts was excited to get the win after attending the competition for the last few weeks. "It's nice to win," said Watts. Watts has a bit of a different approach to the competition than most. "I love singing for fun, but I think that my favorite thing about the competition is being critiqued."

Izzy Simone has been a part of the competition before, when it was at the Stables in Bay City, but has never won. "I never even placed," said Simone, "so it feels great to win tonight." Sadly, Simone probably won't be back before the final night. "It all depends on my band, Frankenbarbie." The band has been together for a few months now and has an upcoming show at Bemo's to prepare for. "We were born at Bemo's. We play 80's, 90's, and modern rock, country, and top 40 songs," said Simone. "We have original tracks as well, but we have to sort them out." The band, Frankenbarbie, will be performing at Bemo's bar on Halloween night, Wednesday October 31st.

Travis Paten judges Watts and Simone
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Karaoke for Ka$h takes place at the Willew Lounge every Wednesday night with warm-ups starting at 8PM and the competition getting under way around 9PM. Each week there will be a $50 winner who will also receive an invite back to the competition's final night and a chance at the $500 grand prize on November 14th.

L/R Aaron Bolt, India Wasalaski, Debi Schmeider, Roy Facundo, Emily LaPrairie
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Jesse Fisher, Josh Watts, Izzy Simone
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The flyer for Frankenbarbie's October 31st show at Bemo's

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