Friday, June 22, 2012

Words From Branson Group II

My apologies for lifting this article from another site. These are words from Branson Group II:

It was only a month ago that Ace Young, live on “American Idol,” asked fellow finalist and “Young and the Restless” star, Diana DeGarmo, to become his wife. Now the two are performing together through July 21 as part of “Finalists Live!” at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson.

The two first met in 2010 in a revival of the musical, “Hair,” so they have performed together before, but they say this is even better because they were able to choose specific material.

“We get to do songs we wrote and we get to do some cover songs we love,” Young said.

That includes some songs from “Hair,” plus a song written by DeGarmo.

The two also enjoy performing with the other Idol finalists: Scott Savol, Siobhan Magnus and Alexis Grace. The show features solo numbers from each, as well as several songs in which all five participate.

Young and DeGarmo said it is fun to sing with such good vocalists.

“Each person really holds their own,” DeGarmo said. “The group numbers are magical.”

This is the second group of Idol finalists to perform this summer at the Branson theater. Like the first group, they will perform for five weeks before a third group finishes up the summer show.

For season four finalist Scott Savol, this performance marks a return to Branson. He performed with a group of Idol finalists in 2008 in “America’s Favorite Finalists” at the Grand Palace. He said he enjoyed his time in Branson and told show organizers he would love to return.

“I love the whole vibe of this town,” Savol said.

He also said coming to Branson gave him the chance to meet his friend, Tony Orlando.

Several of the show’s performers said they are looking forward to seeing more of Branson. Grace, a season eight finalist, said she wants to take her five-year-old daughter to Silver Dollar City. Magnus, a season nine finalist, said she has two younger sisters she is looking forward to taking to several attractions.

Savol, a season four finalist, said the Branson show is going really well.

“It’s a spectacle,” he said. “We’re blessed to be a part of it.”

Grace described the show as “high-energy.”

“It moves fast,” she said. “There’s no dragging, which I hate in a show.”

Grace and Magnus said they had not met any of the other cast members before this show, but that they are performing and getting along like old friends.

“No matter what season we were on, we magically become friends,” Grace said. “I wish we could do more songs together.”

Magnus said that comes from everyone having gone through the American Idol experience.

“People who’ve been on Idol, we share a common understanding,” Magnus said. “We’re the only ones who know what it’s like.”

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