WEST WARWICK â Ten of West Warwick Highâs best vocalists are gearing up to either belt it out or bite the dust for tonightâs fifth annual singing contest.
The competition is known to draw a full-house, as the ten contestants battle it out for the vied title of this yearâs âVocal Sensationalist.â Although many may recall this contest has been formerly known as West Warwick Idol, it now goes by the name Vocal Sensation.
The âIdolâ theme was dropped after Metro Narcisi, the West Warwick High School band director, was threatened with a lawsuit. The show was nicknamed West Warwick Idol five years ago when Narcisi thought it would be fun to host a school-wide vocal competition. Due to the popularity of American Idol, the name came naturally.
The contest began to gain momentum and before they knew it, a West Warwick Idol Facebook page was created and had over 32,000 âhits.â According to Narcisi, last yearâs West Warwick Idol was so packed that they unfortunately had to âturn people away.â
Roughly two years ago, one of West Warwickâs former winners made it on American Idolâs road show, and during an interview, mentioned how excited he was to return home and host West Warwick Idol.
âThey said, âWest Warwick Idol, whatâs that?â But it never made it on TV,â said Narcisi.
The school continued on with the fourth annual Idol competition, never knowing that one of American Idolâs affiliates was pursuing the mysterious West Warwick Idol.
The full story can be found in today's Times.
Vocal Sensation will be held tonight, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the West Warwick High School auditorium, 2 Webster Knight Drive. The doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets can be purchased for $8 for adults and $6 for students and children.
The competition is hosted through Tri-M Honor Society and proceeds will be donated towards student music scholarships