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Long County students compete in Blue Tide Idol
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Third-place finisher Danielle Helmke sings The Climb. - photo by Photo provided.

Long County students competed last week for the title of “Blue Tide Idol” during the school’s entertainment contest.
Ten singers from all grades participated in the event, singing songs from the country, soul and pop genres. This year, 10 contestants threw their hats in the ring and when all of the scores had been tabulated, Haley Riddle, who sang Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts,” took home the top prize.
The Blue Tide Idol runner-up was Taylor Holton, who sang Barlow Girls’ “Never Alone,” and Danielle Helmke rounded out the top three with her rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.”
Other contestants who entertained the packed gymnasium were Taylor Rogers, who sang Miranda Lambert’s “More Like Her,” Ciara Wine, who sang Rascall Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road,” and Brooke Helmuth, who sang Taylor Swift’s “Never Grow Up.”
Singing duos were Brittany Heath and Kaitlyn Tighe, who sang Evanescence’s “Hello,” Jessica Holton and Danielle Helmke, who sang The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young,” and Alyssa Butler and Brooke Helmuth, who sang Taylor Swift’s “Mean.”
Even Long County High School first-year teacher Brandy Cox got in on the action when she sang Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel.”
Faculty members Sabine Little, Samantha Stanley, Christy Crews and Dr. Ray Stephens served as judges. Coach Joseph Austin emceed the event, which was coordinated by business and Web design instructor Corey Brace.

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