FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WLOX-TV AND IP RESORT ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS OF GULF COAST IDOL
September 6, 2017
WLOX-TV in partnership with IP Resort & Spa Biloxi are excited to announce the winners for auditions Gulf Coast Idol. Hadley Hill and Elija Carter have won the 2017 Gulf Coast Idol contest. They were selected from a group of 195 contestants. Open auditions were held on August 23 and 30 at the IP Resort & Spa in Biloxi. Both Hadley Hill and Elija Carter have won two Silver Tickets that allow them to skip the lines at an American Idol audition and perform directly for American Idol Executive Producers. They have also each won $2,500 courtesy IP Resort and Spa and iPad minis courtesy Virginia College.
“We are excited to see two very talented singers win Gulf Coast Idol,” said Rick Williams, Vice President and General Manager of WLOX-TV. “This was a great event for IP Resort, Virginia College and WLOX television. We wish the contestants the best as they go on to audition for American Idol.”
Meet the 2 finalists below:
Hadley Hill # 118
Hadley Hill picked up a guitar when she was ten and has been performing along the Mississippi and Alabama coasts since she was 16. Now 22, Hadley lives in Pass Christian and her favorite musical genres are the oldies, rock and the blues. Hadley’s song choices were “Paris” by Grace Potter and “She’s Got You” by Patsy Cline.
Elija Carter #195
Music and faith go hand in hand for 22-year-old Elija Carter. Elija grew up in Gulfport and says he’s been singing since he was three… and says at a young age he discovered he could play almost anything by ear on almost any instrument. Elija’s song choices were “America The Beautiful/Star Spangled Banner” and “Count On Me” – Whitney Houston & Ce Ce Winans/”What a Friend We Have In Jesus” / “Lean On Me”.
American Idol is the most popular music reality show in U.S. television history.
WLOX-TV is the ABC, CBS and BOUNCE television affiliate serving South Mississippi.