Both ‘Quests’ to see more contestants than planned

A last-minute surge of singers signed up to compete in “Quest for the Best” and the inaugural “Kiddie Quest” last week, and both now will be sporting more contestants than initially planned.
“We have 22 people confirmed for the normal ‘Quest’ and 11 for ‘Kiddie Quest,’” noted organizer Dawn Booth, who also is office manager at the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce—the event’s primary sponsor.
While she was looking to get enough people to fill the “Quest” and “Kiddie Quest” line-ups at 20 and 10 singers, respectively, Booth said nine people dropped by the Chamber office to sign up after a story ran in last Tuesday’s Daily Bulletin.
She also noted the back-up band, “The Faculty,” has picked up the list of songs the contestants will be performing, and will be working hard to learn the set prior to the July 18 event.
The band will be doing the music for both “Quest” and “Kiddie Quest.”
A new addition this year, Booth said “Kiddie Quest” will run exactly like the normal version, with the only difference being that it’s open only to contestants aged 13 and under.
“Kiddie Quest” will take the stage under the big tent at the Sporting Gap Marina before the regular “Quest” (6:30 p.m.) and run about an hour.
As in past years, “Quest for the Best” will see a field of individuals, all 14 or older, compete for cash prizes. This, too, will take place under the big tent at the Sorting Gap.
This year’s “Quest” contestants include:
•Jodi Allan—“Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson;
•Kim Badiuk—“Angels” by Jessica Simpson;
•Ed Calder—“Shelter Me” by Cinderella;
•Cara Coran—“My Give A Damn’s Busted” by Jo Dee Mesina;
•Shantelle Davidson—“Baby Girl” by Sugarland;
•Sarah Fitzgerald—“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor;
•Rachel Geense—“Suddenly” by LeAnn Rimes;
•Jason Godin—“I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain;
•Tim Grover—“Brown-Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison;
•Brittany Hayes— “Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin;
•Sarah Hebert—“Here for the Party” by Gretchen Wilson;
•Courtney Jourdain—“Don’t Play That Song” by Aretha Franklin;
•Wayne Lawres—“Les Bicyclettes de Belsize” by Engelbert Humperdinck;
•Elizabeth Logue— “Something to Talk About” by Bonnie Raitt;
•Leah Nowak—“Any Man of Mine” by Shania Twain;
•Mike Roach—TBA;
•Ashley Sisco—“In My Daughter’s Eyes” by Martina McBride;
•Neil Stewart—“Borderline” by Madonna;
•Karri Tougas— “When God-Fearin’ Women Get The Blues” by Martina McBride;
•Robyn Wade—“I Know” by Save Ferris;
•Jeremy Wilson—“Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2; and
•Trisha Wilson—“On A Night Like This” by Trick Pony.
The “Kiddie Quest” contestants includes:
•Chelsea Carlson—“Life Is A Highway” by Tom Cochrane;
•Joleigh Hayes—TBA;
•Amber Hoszowski—“You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain;
•Elysia Huitikka—“Behind These Hazel Eyes” by Kelly Clarkson;
•Bridget Jorgenson—“Someone’s Watching Over Me” by Hilary Duff;
•Erika Jourdain—“All You Wanted” by Michelle Branch;
•Rebecca Lowey—“Freak Out” by Avril Lavigne;
•Julie Martin—“Last Kiss” by Pearl Jam;
•Katelyn Shortreed—“Unchained Melody” by LeAnn Rimes;
•Braeden Stevenson—“It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi; and
•Ericka Tymkin—“Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Wilson.
Last year’s “Quest for the Best” champ, Kayla Lauzon, also will be on hand to sing two songs.
In related news, Booth stressed both “Quest” and “Kiddie Quest” still are in need of some sponsors.
While most of the sponsors for “Quest” already have been confirmed, organizers are looking for help with the first-place ($500) and second-place ($300) prizes.
And they need one $500 sponsor for “Kiddie Quest” (this sponsor would be the sole sponsor of the event, covering all the prizes).
Booth noted “Quest” tickets will be on sale later this week. They’ll cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
For more information on being a sponsor, call Booth at 274-5773 or drop by the Chamber office (474 Scott St.)