Oregon Institute of Technology hosted its own version of the television show "American Idol" on campus Thursday, complete with judges, performances and a live audience.
The debut of Klamath Idol was the second in OIT's free summer concert series. About 60 audience members took in the singing competition.
"We decided it would be fun to do a Klamath Idol contest," said Chris Frazier, OIT student activities coordinator. "It would just be fun to showcase some of our local talented singers.
There are six concerts left in the summer concert series, which continues Thursdays on campus - and one week in Veterans Memorial Park during next Third Thursday - until Aug. 12, Frazier said.
Eight singers from various age levels participated in the event. Below are their short bios:
Anna Hampton, 18, has been singing since age four.
"I could sing Celine Dion in the second grade," she said.
Her interest grew over time. The former Klamath Union High School student sang in numerous school choir performances later in life, something she really enjoyed.
Hampton chose Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You." She won the adult category as well as being named the champion.
"I've been singing it since the seventh grade. I love that song," she said.
Ten-year-old Helen Harris, the winner of the youth category, chose the brooding piano ballad "My Immortal" by Evanescence.
"It's just a really pretty, nice song, and I've known it for about four years," she said.
Helen, a singer for four years, has been part of several junior plays at the Ross Ragland Theater, her school and in talent shows.
"It's just fun. I get to express myself," she said.
The 10-year-old Northern California resident sang "Every Part of Me" by teen idol Miley Cyrus."I've always liked that song," Bennett said.
Kailee said she's been singing "ever since I can remember" and really enjoys it as a pastime.
"It's just going out there and performing and having fun," Bennett said.
Eight-year-old Kiersten Bunker said her favorite local to sing with is John Denver tribute singer Ted Vigil. Kiersten sang "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus.
"It's really slow. It's fun. It's my favorite song," she said.
Area firefighter and paramedic John Bunker sang "Fire on the Mountain" by the Marshall Tucker Band, an appropriate homage to his career.
Bunker, a karaoke fan, hopes to remix the song with some different lyrics.
"I'd like to have it done by the end of the summer," he said.
Heather Bunker, wife of fellow competitor John Bunker, chose to sing the country ballad "Coal Miner's Daughter" by Loretta Lynn.
"It's good for my voice. It's slow and it's countryish," she said.
Bunker also enjoys karaoke and singing whenever she can.
Ten-year-old Jordan Solomon likes singing and performing because of the connection to the audience.
"You can express yourself if you make a song," she said.
Jordan chose teen idol Justin Bieber's "Stuck in the Moment" for her song.
The Shasta Elementary 11-year-old chose the popular "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor and had stage energy to match.