The talents of ten Wayzata High School students were showcased on Tuesday November 25 at the High School Auditorium. Three student judges and four faculty judges selected Liz Hawkinson as the 2008 Wayzata Idol, with runnerup honors going to Nina Yasmineh.
Liz performed the song At Last and Nina sang What the Heart Wants. Other contestants included Dylan Carlson, Natalie Sandberg, Lauren Bevington, Parker Mullins, Angela Sandall, Brent Haagenson, Yoojin Kim and Peter Bache-Wiig. The annual event is a benefit for the National Honor Society.
The 2007 Wayzata Idol winner, Sarah Walk, was also on hand to perform her winning song, The Remains, on piano. The Wayzata Idol competition is based on the popular "American Idol" with the three witty and acerbic student judges — Keegan Buffington, Kelly Nelson and Dutch Endy — passing on their critiques after each performance. The faculty judges — Lisa Parra Staves, David Motes, Mark McIlmoyle and Anna Olson — met after the ten performances to select the winners.
The 2008 Wayzata Idol program will be shown in its entirety on ED's TV, the West Metro Cable Channel, on:
- Saturday November 29 at 10:00 a.m.
- Sunday November 30 at 9:05 p.m.
- Monday December 1 at 8:00 a.m.
Watch soon for a video clip of Liz Hawkinson's winning performance!A video clip of the selection of the 2007 Wayzata Idol and the winning performance can be found on the ED's TV Video Gallery (scroll through to November 20, 2007 listings)