Singers competed in the Vienna Idol performance competition for the chance to win prize money and time at a recording studio.

Participants auditioned in front of a panel of three local musician judges. The auditions began on Apr. 10 and ended on May 16.

The competition takes places in three stages. After the audition round, singers wait to hear if they advance to the next part of the competition, which takes place at Viva Vienna.

Sophomore William Blackwell said he auditioned for Vienna Idol because it was an avenue for him to further pursue singing outside of choir.

“I love singing, but I can’t do all of the musicals and performances that I want to because of other activities,” Blackwell said. “[Vienna Idol] was another opportunity to sing.”

Sophomore Grace Schmorrow was also driven to audition because of her passion for singing.

“I wanted to audition for Vienna Idol because I love singing and playing instruments,” Schmorrow said. “I really enjoy performing in front of people.”

Competitors choose two songs to perform in front of the judging panel. Songs are supposed to showcase the voices and performance styles of participants.

“I plan to sing ‘Million Years Ago’ by Adele and ‘Mercy’ by Duffy [to] show my vocal style, range and ability,” sophomore Sofia Vergara said.

Schmorrow incorporated instruments into her performance as well.

“I sang ‘Jolene’ by Dolly Parton and played guitar,” Schmorrow said. “I also sang ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy and played ukelele. I chose Jolene because I love Dolly Parton, but I chose ‘Riptide’ because it’s my favorite songs to play on the ukulele.”

Part of the Vienna Idol experience includes the judges providing competitors with constructive feedback.

“The judges had a lot of helpful feedback and they were very positive and encouraging,” Schmorrow said.

For Schmorrow, competing in Vienna Idol was about overcoming her nerves in order to perform.

“After I get over that, it gets more fun,” Schmorrow said.