Lake Cowichan Idol 2011 Lindsay Elzinga sings a song at Lake Cowichan's Central Park

Lake Cowichan Idol 2011 Lindsay Elzinga sings a song at Lake Cowichan's Central Park

Elzinga name Cowichan Lake’s singing champion

This year’s batch of musically gifted local singers filled Centennial Park with excited fans, during the annual Lake Cowichan Idol, Friday, June 10.

This year’s batch of musically gifted local singers filled Centennial Park with excited fans, during the annual Lake Cowichan Idol, Friday, June 10.

Topping the 25 candidates, judges unanimously selected local singer Lindsay Elzinga as this year’s winner, with the singer receiving the $500 top prize.

“No matter what happens, you’re all fantastic,” the event’s emcee, local  music teacher Mary Egan said, before announcing the winners.

This was Elzinga’s fifth year competing in the Lake Cowichan Idol contest, and her first time placing.

“I was shocked,” she said, of her big win.

Having sung since as early as she can remember, the persistent singer said that she just enjoys doing it.

“I just practice in front of my family, and in the summer I practice in front of a campfire,” she said.

For her winning performance, Elzinga sang This One’s For the Girls. She provided a repeat performance the following day for another audience at Saywell Park.

Placing second was Sage dePol, followed by Lauren Frost. Both young singers performed songs they’d both recently performed in the Glee musical play, which Frost wrote, and received $100 prizes.

Although they didn’t place in the top three, two other notable performers were Bailey Callihoo and Billy Pennell.

Both performed songs they’d written themselves, on guitar, with Calihoo singing a love song, and Pennell singing a funny song about a grease fire he’d started.