The auditions for Country Idol 2012 concluded with some of the area's finest singers ready to compete for the Grand Prize of $5,000. On Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Vapor in Saratoga Casino and Raceway, 26 finalists will give it their best in our Northeast talent search for the next Country Idol.

January through May monthly auditions were held with rotating judges to bring the top 5 from each night to the finals. A tie for fifth place in two different months led to 27 contestants, with one dropping out, the result is 26 people singing for the title.  The final performances will be narrowed down to the Top 5, who will come back later in the night to sing a second song for the grand prize.

The final judges for Country Idol include GNA's Scott Blaine, Richie Phillips, Saratoga Casino's Rita Cox and The Audiostars' Jay Yager. Singers are scored by each judge on appearance (10 points), stage presence (15 points), and vocals (25 points).  The audience reaction is also important to the judge's final scoring, so make sure you are there to support your favorite contestant.

Country Idol Part One- 7:30pm (approx.)

  1. Bethany Morse- When God Fearin’ Women Get The Blues- Martina McBride
  2. Brandie Nicole- Independence Day- Martina McBride
  3. Justin Wetsel- Drunk On You- Luke Bryan
  4. Ashley Drennan- Banjo- Rascal Flatts
  5. Alicia Turkington- Cry- Faith Hill
  6. Danny Kane- 5150- Dierks Bentley
  7. Carol Brundige- Love Can Build A Bridge- Judds
  8. Shannon Sinico- Little White Church- Little Big Town
  9. Mike Bear- I’m Already There- Lonestar
  10. Evelyn Rose- Faded Love- Patsy Cline
  11. Will Steller- Drink In My Hand- Eric Church
  12. Lauren Kerr- Where Would You Be- Martina McBride
  13. Charlie Michaels- When You Come Back To Me Again- Garth Brooks

Country Idol Part Two- 9:00 (approx.)

  1. Loreal Lavigna- All American Girl- Carrie Underwood
  2. EJ Lang- If Tomorrow Never Comes- Garth Brooks
  3. Mackenzie Sivret- Last Name- Carrie Underwood
  4. Lisa Middleton- Like We Never Loved At All- Faith Hill/Tim McGraw
  5. Eino Salmi- So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore- Alan Jackson
  6. Sabrina Gogan- All Jacked Up- Gretchen Wilson
  7. Steve Thomas- American Soldier- Toby Keith
  8. Bill Hanger- Don’t Close Your Eyes- Keith Whitley
  9. Nicola Marshall- Leavin' On Your Mind- Patsy Cline
  10. Ricky Martuscello- In Color- Jamey Johnson
  11. Nicki Hathaway- I Keep Lookin’- Sara Evans
  12. Chrissy Fowler- Good Girl- Carrie Underwood
  13. Donna Baudoin- Jesus Take The Wheel- Carrie Underwood

Check out a review of February’s finalists. (a picture of January's finalists was not available)

Check out a review of March’s finalists.

Check out a review of April’s finalists.

Check out a review of May's finalists.

Watch 2011′s Country Idol on LOOKTV.

Check out last year’s winner Bobby Kendall.

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