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USAFE Idol finalists to perform at Ramstein

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  • By USAFE News Service
The eight finalists for the first U.S. Air Forces in Europe Idol Talent Contest have been named and will perform at the USAFE-level show April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Ramstein Officers’ Club.

Community members are invited to the final showdown, which is free and open to all I.D. cardholders, family members and guests.

Performers vying to be named “USAFE Idol” are:

Senior Airman Elsie Lengyon, Lajes Field, Azores

Senior Airman Rhonda Smiley, Aviano Air Base, Italy

Master Sgt. Irand Denton, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England

Staff Sgt. Charles Klode, Menwith Hill Station, England

Master Sgt. Tony Anthony, Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland

Maj. Larry Speer, Ramstein AB, Germany

Senior Airman Michael Lemorie, Spangdahlem AB, Germany

Tech. Sgt. James Mull, Incirlik AB, Turkey

Keeping the performances lively and the judges on their toes will be emcee Tech. Sgt. Chris Vadnais, AFNEWS Detachment 8, Aviano AB , Italy .

The USAFE-level performers were all first-place winners of recently held base-level Idol shows. They will spend three days at Ramstein AB attending workshops with professional musicians and vocalists before performing at the USAFE-level show. The performers will sing one song before the USAFE panel of judges, and from that initial performance, the pool will be decreased to the top five contestants. Those top five will perform one additional song before the same panel of judges. The winner will be announced the evening of the performance and will earn the title “USAFE Idol.”

The USAFE Band ensemble Touch ‘N Go will provide live musical accompaniment for the performances, as well as entertainment during the USAFE-level Idol show.

For more information about the final contest, check the USAFE Services Marketing and Entertainment website at