If you talk with anyone who was in the audience at Country Idol 2012, on June 21 at Vapor, they will tell you that the night was full of extremely talented entertainers. In my opinion, about half of the performers on the final night could have easily grabbed the $5,000 grand prize.

Steve Thomas, a return top 25 finalist from last year, had one of the most memorable performances of any Country Idol show. Although he was edged out of the Top 5 to compete for the title, he deserves honorable mention for giving it 100%.  This man could have a career in Country Music if given the chance!

We hope that all the finalists will keep singing and performing, regardless of any competition.  After all, music is about inspiring people, changing lives, sharing stories and having fun- and many of the contestants did just that! Contestant Steve Thomas got the crowd to sing along and filled the entire room, packed with nearly 1,000 people, with patriotism and pride.  This was one of the night's stand-out performances, and we think everyone should see it and share it!

Watch ex-military man Steve Thomas Perform 'American Soldier'