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Two Clarion County Residents Move On in Taste of Talent Competition

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – Two Clarion County residents and a Clarion University student advanced to the next round of Taste of Talent after going head to head with the other contestants last night in Franklin’s Bandstand Park.

The five-week long competition will result in one winner who will be awarded $1,000.00 from Lamb & Webster. Second, third, and fourth places will each receive $100.00 from Nancy and Jake Lindsey and a $100.00 gift card from the Franklin Retail Association.

The 12 local contestants performed an array of genres on Wednesday evening, from classic to country songs like Leeper resident Cassy Powley’s rendition of “Swingin’” by John Anderson.

Clarion University student Joseph Lillard also tackled a country song with his performance of Toby Keith’s “Made in America.”

Lillard, of Oil City, received high praise from judge Tammy Dahl for performing such a “wordy song.”
Judges Dahl and Nat Licht were particularly impressed with several contestants including Randy Moorehead, Nicole McCann, and Joni Zacherl.

Sixteen-year-old Zacherl, of Clarion, performed Michael Buble’s “Feeling Good,” starting out a cappella and transitioning into the song’s jazz instrumental.

“You have a talent that you can’t teach,” Licht said to Zacherl. “You’re going to be famous one day.”
Ultimately, after over 1,000 votes were cast, Ashlee Black, of Cranberry, was the first contestant eliminated in this year’s Taste of Talent competition. Black performed the contemporary country song “Famous” by Kelleigh Bannen.
Taste of Talent takes place every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in Bandstand Park from June 29 to July 27. Semi-Finals will be held on Saturday, August 6, at 7:00 p.m., and Finals will be held on Sunday, August 7, at 4:00 p.m.

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