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Taylor Vitany Wins Stables Michigan Idol Contest

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November 22, 2009       6 Comments
By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor

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The excitement and hype was in the air at the Michigan Idol FINALS night at the Stables Martini and last Thursday night. 28 contestants entered the eleven week competition.

Birch Run's 17 year old Taylor Vitany won the competition, which included a cash prize and a spot as opening act for the Lynard Skynard Tribute Band, at the Prime Event Center on January 9, 2009.

Second place was Jessica Carrick and Third place was Tommy Hillfiga.

Vitany is a senior at Birch Run High School. Vitany said, "Wining this competition feels awesome. After all the time and effort I put into it, it is very rewarding and I feel like I have achieved another goal."

Vitany continued, "The people at the stables have been like another family to me, and have given me so many more opportunities than I could ever dream of. I just want to thank all the people who supported me and to Tommy Anderson, Josh Sharrow, and George Lynch for making me a better performer."

Michigan Idol Judge George Lynch said, "Tonight's decision was very difficult to come by, the point margin between the top 3 contestants was all within 1 point of each other, the difference between 1st and second was two tenths of a point."

According to Lynch, judges score on a week to week basis based on Appearance, Stage Presence, Vocal Ability, Crowd Reaction, Over All Attitude.

Michigan Idol Judge Tommy Anderson, who has been with the competition for the last couple years, said, "If we could have sent through all three as winners, we would have. They are all winners in my book to some degree. The young ones are going to encounter areas that aren't familiar to them until they perform; then they fix those, and encounter new ones."

Anderson continued "It's all part of growing. The top finalists brought their "A" game Thursday, and have also performed before audiences in the past (a lot). They have had time to fix more mistakes. One score taken from here, and given there (all for the purpose of making the performers aware of their strengths and/or weaknesses) proved who deservedly came out on top."

The Stables Michigan Idol Competition will begin a new 11 week segment on Thursday, December 3, 2009. A new panel of celebrity judges and the continuing host with the most Dougie Dore!

(Video footage & Production by Julie McCallum - Entertainment,

(Above) Tommy Anderson (Idol Judge), Tommy Hillfiga, (3rd place), Josh Sharrow (Idol Judge), Taylor Vitany (1st Place), Jessi Carrick (2nd place), George Lynch (Idol Judge) and Doug Dore (Michigan Idol Host)

(Above) Vitany, Deb Vitany, Adolph Borrego, Terry and Connie Kasper.

(Above) Michigan Idol judges always a comedy show in itself, judges include, Anderson, Sharrow and Lynch.

(Above) The Stables got a special performance from 2007 Michigan Idol Winner Steve Armstrong

(Above Left) One of the new judges for the next Idol segment, Mike Bacigalupo, the Executive Director of the State Theater in Downtown Bay City, Michigan. (Above Right) Doug Dore has been the Michigan Idol Host since the competition started back in the summer of 2007.

(Above) Jessi Carrick

(Above Front Row), Krescentia, James and Laura Arnold. (Back L/R) Pete & Jennifer Brown, Jessi Carrick and Matt Arnold.

(Above) Joe Hill, Rick Marcott, Andrew Hill, Isaiah Hill, Tommy Hillfiga, Becki Letourneay, Angela Tredway



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cheriemich Says:       On November 22, 2009 at 10:11 PM
Congratulations Taylor!!
Judge_Dread says:       On November 23, 2009 at 08:39 PM
Great job
Kudos to Julie for her outstanding coverage. Pictures, video, interviews........and then putting it all together.......Thanks Julie
jewlsiyq Says:       On November 24, 2009 at 10:54 AM
Congratulations Jessica Carrick!!!
You are so, intelligent and so, so talented!!!
Keep making music, and loving life!
"Dream until your dreams come true."
We will be watching for your performance dates!

Kudos Julie on the great coverage of this competition.

I am so glad the audience could vote on line!
deb says:       On December 04, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Taylor and her band Vengence is playing January 9th at Prime for Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band, not December 5.

(Editor: Sorry for the confusion, Deb . . . It was announced at Stables that she was performing in front of Led Zepplin . . . We'll make the change and post this comment -- And congrats again to Taylor on her win.)
Viciouscycle2003 Says:       On December 08, 2009 at 10:31 AM
Howdy ya'll,The Vicious Cycle band is!! looking forward too Rockin Bay City on January 9th,its gonna be a Southern Fried time indeed.For more info on the VC band visit our website at
We're looking forward too meeting/seeing some Bay City Skynyrd fans...C-ya on the 9th of January.
viciouscycle2003 Says:       On December 12, 2009 at 05:02 PM
Howdy!!Taylor,The Vicious Cycle Band Wants Too Say CONGRATS!!! On You're Michigan Idol Win, It Will Be An {Honor}Too Share The Prime Event Center Stage With You On January 9th {Keep Reachin For The Starz....
Agree? or Disagree?

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