The stars of GNA’s Country Idol are reuniting for a free concert at Vapor in Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.

The 2013 Country Idol Reunion Concert will feature a mix of winners and two-time finalists who have appeared at WGNA’s $5,000 Country Idol Competition from 2011-2013.

Meet Finalist Loreal Lavigna

Name: Loreal Lavigna
Age: 31
Location: Schenectady, NY

Q: What year did you participate in Country Idol?

A: I participated in Country Idol in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Q: What did you take away from your Country Idol experience?

A: I’ve always walked away with a feeling of pride in knowing how hard I worked to get where I am as a performer. Ever year has taught me something new, and no two years have ever been the same for me.

Q:Advice to future contestants?

A: My advice to future contestants would be to never give up. Don’t quit, always follow your dreams. Performing is like any skill, like any art. You must continue to enhance, hone, and sharpen it if your aim is improvement. You may not be at the top right away, but getting there is always the fun part. You learn as you go, and you have experiences to grow as a performer.