Local musicians Seth Lauzon and Piper Lidkea entered this year’s “Casting Call” just for fun.
“We weren’t expecting to win anything,” Lidkea said of the singing contest, which was held Thursday night at Smokey Bear Park in conjunction with the annual International Falls Bass Championship.
“We just wanted to have a good performance and get the audience involved,” she noted.
The two performed “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes, with Lidkea as lead vocals and Lauzon on acoustic guitar and backup vocals.
They wound up capturing the People’s Choice award.
“When we came off stage, Piper and I were really happy with how the audience responded,” Lauzon said.
“They really seemed to like what we were doing!
“I was hoping we could get people to sing along and I was really nervous they wouldn’t,” Lidkea admitted.
“[But] by the end, we could hear them loud and clear!
“Winning ‘People’s Choice’ means we did what we were trying to do: be entertaining,” she enthused.
The duo, who also entertained as the guest act for the Emo Fair queen crowning ceremony the previous week, split the $500 prize.
The field of 11 acts (all solo or duets) performed music ranging from country, rock, and pop to Gospel.
Dylan Ossachuk was the only other Fort Frances performer, singing “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The judges, consisting of Internationals Falls locals Toni Korpi, Donna Fredrickson, and JJ McBride, had some tough decisions to make.
Shane Morin (accompanied by Rosie Carlson) took first place while Tess Vollom and the duet of Anna Cowman and Darcie Sullivan tied for second.
“Casting Call” was staged by the International Falls Chamber of Commerce.