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 Steve Thomas

Name: Steve Thomas
Age: 38
Location: Troy, NY

Q: What year did you participate in Country Idol?

A: Finalist: 2010 (prior to the $5,000 series), 2011, 2012, 2013

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

A: I've learned that shooting for the total package of a balanced performance between vocals and stage presence isn't as easy as you might think.

Q: Advice to future contestants?

A: Your comfort zone is not always your best friend on stage. Over the top gets noticed and remembered and the judges aren't all looking for the same thing.