The British are coming


Ship Idols took their audience on a trip overseas with British hits from the past few decades to today.

Tisha Schwanger began Week 5 of the competition with her version of British pop singer Natasha Bedingfield’s love song “Soulmate.” Following her performance was Sarah Grillo with, “Let it Be” from the legendary group, The Beatles. The judges encouraged her to show more emotion while on stage. They wanted to see her really enjoy what she was singing.

Olivia Ickes jumped out of her comfort zone this week with the upbeat tune, “Mercy” by Welsh singer-songwriter, Duffy. Her moves on stage impressed the judges, who said she did a good job of connecting with her audience and showing her spunky attitude.

Kat Doyle was next with a vocally demanding song by the Grammy Award winning artist, Adele. Doyle sang her own version of “Rolling in the Deep” acoustically with her guitar. The judges really felt the emotion and so did the audience with a warm round of applause.

Ashlee Papada entertained the audience with the oldie-but-goodie, “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals. Weekly judge Brian Clarke accompanied Papada on guitar. Almost forgetting to hear what the judges had to say by walking off stage, host Kane Williams reminded her that she wasn’t quite done yet. The judges loved her shoes, which caused a bit of distraction from her performance.

Last but not least, Chelsea Belles sang Alex Clare’s Top 10 Billboard hit, “Too Close.” With constant flashes of smiles to her friends cheering her on in the audience, the judges complimented her on her regular fan base. They encouraged her to use them to her advantage while performing for next time.

With round four votes cast and the night coming to a close, it was time to determine who would be eliminated. As contestants sang an a cappella rendition of “Keep Holding On,” Papada stepped up to the microphone to sing the lyrics, “There’s nothing you could say, nothing you could do, There’s no other way when it comes to the truth, So keep holding on.” After deliberation, Papada was the fifth contestant to be eliminated. Only five contestants remain for Week 6 of Ship Idol next week.

Photo by Alexa Bryant / The Slate
Photo by Alexa Bryant / The Slate

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