Singers compete for karaoke crown

By: Staff report
Photos by William R. Toler | Daily Journal Neil Parrisher, left, and Beth Baldwin pose with Franklin Branch, emcee of Robin’s Idol Karaoke, after winning their respective weeks in the singing competition.

ROCKINGHAM — Who is the best amateur singer in Richmond County?

That’s something Hudson Brother’s manager Robin Roberts aims to find out with a free weekly karaoke contest.

The restaurant has hosted karaoke on Wednesday nights for a few years, but Roberts has decided to temporarily turn it into a friendly competition, as participants sing a selection of songs and secret judges in the audience decide who will be crowned the karaoke king, or queen, of the night — with Bobby Deaver lining up the playlists and Franklin Branch serving as emcee.

The first week’s winner, Neil Parrisher belted out tunes including Poison’s power ballad “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” Beth Baldwin, who won week 2, is more accustomed to the likes of Whitney Houston and Adele.

The Daily Journal went to press before this week’s winner was announced.

The finale will be July 11, with a cash prize up for grabs.

There is no cost to enter or watch the competition.

Photos by William R. Toler | Daily Journal Neil Parrisher, left, and Beth Baldwin pose with Franklin Branch, emcee of Robin’s Idol Karaoke, after winning their respective weeks in the singing competition.
https://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_karaoke-2.jpgPhotos by William R. Toler | Daily Journal Neil Parrisher, left, and Beth Baldwin pose with Franklin Branch, emcee of Robin’s Idol Karaoke, after winning their respective weeks in the singing competition.

Staff report