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Season 4 Packs The Willew Once Again

May 5, 2012       Leave a Comment
By: Sean Connelly

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Now that week four of Michigan Idol Season 4 at the Willew Lounge in Bay City has come and gone, the competition has finally started to gain some momentum.

Contestants and patrons alike packed the Willew from wall to wall to take part in the competition in any way they could. "It's always a good time out here at the Willew," said Ed Reaume, a newcomer to the competition. And a good time was had by all as they watched the Season 4 contestants battle their way through the evening.

Shawn Lamere giving the camera some love.
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Jesse Fisher, a Michigan Idol veteran, was the first up for week four with his cover of Shinedown's 45. The judges were impressed, as they always are with Fisher. "You always come out here and top your previous week," said Joey Atchinson, Season 3 winner and Season 4 judge, "and that's what it's all about."

The night progressed as contestants like previous Michigan Idol top 5 placers Morgan Hawkins and Travis Paten performed at their usually impressive levels. Both contestants impressed the crowd and judges, engaging the audience with their high intensity and vocal dominance.

Travis Paten performs with high intensity!
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The judges weigh in on Morgan Hawkins' performance.
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Equally as impressive was newcomer Ed Reaume with his deep, soulful performance. Diane Szczepanski, recurring judge for Season 4 and journalist, was blown away by Reaume's performance "You have a simply beautiful voice and I hope you come back next week!"

Sitting with his group of friends, and another newcomer to the competition, Shawn Lamere, Reaume assures the us that he will. "Oh, I'll be back!" said Reaume, "If Shawn (Lamere) wins, he'd look great riding that pink scooter with his gray sweater vest, don't you think?"

Shawn Lamere's sweater vest was a hit?
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The "pink scooter" is the 50cc Schwinn Hope Scooter, the grand prize for Michigan Idol Season 4, provided by Steven's Cycle Sales in Bay City. In order to qualify to win the scooter contestants must take part in at least 5 weeks of the 10 week competition. At the end of the 10 weeks (June 13th, 2012), the judges will combine each of the contestants' best 5 scores to determine the winner.

Michigan Idol takes place every Wednesday night at the Willew Lounge in Bay City. Warm-ups start at 7PM with the competition getting under way around 8PM. Potential new contestants can enter the competition up until May 16th, 2012 to qualify for the grand prize provided by Steven's Cycle Sales.

(L/R) Debi Schmieder, Shawn Lamere, Sara Wegner, Morgan Hawkins, Jesse Fisher
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(L/R) Ed Reaume, Travis Paten
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