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Northwest Superstar crowns two winners

Fifteen people performed during the Northwest Superstar competition at Whaling Days on Sunday, but only two singers walked away with the Superstar title.

AnneMarie Olson won the adult title of Northwest Superstar and Katie Webster was this year’s youth winner.

Both received grand prizes of $500 each plus four hours of free recording time at Gordon Sound/Meatlocker Recording in Silverdale.

Olson first wowed the crowd with her almost identical rendition of Janice Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart” and then in the second round she sang “Neither One of Us” by Gladys Knight and The Pips.

Webster, winner in the youth category, got the crowd going with her rendition of Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman.” She continued to the second round and sang “On a Mission” by Trick Pony.

It was a close race in the adult category with a total of four finalists (AnneMarie Olson, Myrella Thompson, Joshua “Big Daddy” Burdick and Avisha “V” Breaux) advancing to the second round after a first-round tie for third place. Chelsea Morse of the youth category also made it to the second round along with Webster.

Performances ranged from rap to oldies including Breaux’s electrifying performance on a rendition of Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife.” in the first round and continued to entertain the crowd in the second round with “The Lady is a Tramp,” by Frank Sinatra. Breaux, dressed in a black tuxedo, managed to move all over the Superstar Stage and was seemingly unaffected by the sweltering sun.

All 15 competitors, 10 in the adult category and five in the youth category were presented with medals for their participation in the competition. Two may have won the grand prize, but all walked away winners.

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