Amid the COVID-19 restrictions on crowd size, the annual Taste of Talent vocal competition, was in possible peril this year. But organizers wouldn't let be a victim of the pandemic. The 11th annual event that normally takes place in Franklin's Bandstand Park, typically draws crowds that far exceed the 250 limit. So they decided to take it to the World Wide Web and though it isn't what the tradition of the event usually offers with live performances and the talent feeding off a crowd, they are now capable of reaching an even bigger audience.
"We had 3,500 viewers," said Ronnie Beith, the originator of the event.
They are making lemonade from these lemons.
Twelve contestants sat socially distancing with one or two family members or friends in the Christ United Methodist Church Wednesday evening. Luke Ruot and The Stream broadcast network brought their experience and three camera views to the church for a live stream event.
Todd Adkins stood in as emcee again. He has been there from the beginning. Jeff Corbett again provided the profession sound. Missing this year were the panel of judges usually made up of Tammi Dahl and Nathaniel Licht who offer thoughts to each performer.
During last night's live stream it was announced that voting this week would result in eliminating one of the contestants. Beith noted afterwards the "due to first night jitters on behalf of the committee." they would revise this and invite everyone back for a second performance next week and the total for both weeks would then be tallied.
This was the formula in past years anyways. "There were a couple of things we would've done differently," Beith said, so she and the committee from the Franklin Fine Arts Council are happy to bring everyone back for a second performance.
The event will run each Wednesday via a live stream on the Franklin Events page and on The Stream with a finale scheduled for August 1 during the annual Taste of Franklin event.
Viewers are encouraged to vote during the allotted times and information can be founf on the Franklin events page.
The photos here are from the first night performances. More photos can also be viewed at https://sayerrich.zenfolio.com/tasteoftalent2020
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