Illinois Got Talent inaugural contest
yields three top picks
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[August 05, 2019]
the direction of Deezy Da Paperboy, the first Illinois Got Talent
Contest took place at the Logan County Fair on Friday night, August
2, 2019. IGT is expected to become an annual event.
Contestants who entered IGT did so either because
they want to go further in their career or win $500. Whatever the
reason, Illinois Got Talent is trying to help local artists take it
to the next level by linking them with people that have the skills,
traits, and connections to support and assist.
Deezy Da Paperboy, Deezy for short, hails from Lincoln. He is an
artist and music producer who has won several music competitions and
flown coast-to-coast for his music. Always looking for ways to
support the community, Deezy gave away free draw string school bags
to all the kids who came forward to the stage to get them. He will
be having a drawing soon for a Grand Prize Winner who will receive a
bookbag full of school supplies.
Taking the stage for this first time event were 10 talented
1. Olivia B.
2. Heather W.
3. Gregory Carl
4. Boss Woo
7. Kall Me Hunnit
8. Rich Kids
10. Joe Dividends
Equally significant to the success of this evening were three top
Ken Pacha – Springfield radio host of “Hip Hop Hump Day,” and editor
of Activator magazine - a collaboration of local writers and artists
shining light on central Illinois music.
Kim Summers - Local community leader and activist, a long-time
Lincoln resident who knows local talent.
Ayo Dele – Owner, President, CEO of HISO Music, a professional
recording studio, event hall, and broadcast network in Springfield,
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Following their performances the three judges had to
take a moment to deliberate.
While the judges were considering the winner, a
special guest artist took to the stage to entertain the crowd that
had gathered for the contest. Alexa Redd won the Logan County Fair
Talent Show last summer and was welcomed back with enthusiasm. No
stranger to the stage she performed several songs before ending her
performance with a duet sung with Deezy. Redd can be found on
Facebook and Instagram. A superstar in the making, she is ready to
perform “anywhere people will hear.”
And the winners:
3rd place – Joe Dividends receives a free entry in the Illinois Got
Talent 2020. Joe encouraged the other competitors to “Keep up the
good work with the music. No matter how old you get, you still got
2nd place – Olivia B. will receive a 30-day promo package from HISO
Music. She was bashful to say, “Thank you” to the crowd. Deezy
commented, “Such big vocals for a shy girl.”
1st place – Kall Me Hunnit will receive $500 to put towards his
music career. With an encore of his performance the winner shared a
“'Hella love' for ya all, and for the judges.” He’ll be back next
summer as a featured performer at the 2020 Illinois Got Talent