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Cumberland Idol Prepares for Finale


Idol’s guest judge, the first lady of Cumberlands, Mrs. Dinah Taylor enjoyed the performances by Cumberlands students on Wednesday, April 6th.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands’ hit campus show, Cumberland Idol, held it’s next to last show of the season on Wednesday April 6 in the Gatliff Chapel. Guest judged by the first lady of Cumberlands, Mrs. Dinah Taylor, the Elton John/Billy Joel themed week saw the show’s top six contestants singing the piano men’s songs for their last performances before the April 13 finale.

The piano accompaniment only songs included Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” (performed by Jordan Infield), “For the Longest Time” (performed by Bradley Pearce) and “New York State of Mind” (performed by Brandy Norman). Performances also included Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (performed by Jonathan Carmack), “Your Song” (performed by Zach Bell), “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” (performed by Darcy Mascotti), and “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” (performed by the entire group).

Week five of Idol received 89,344 in the 48 hours that voting was open to the public. This week saw the elimination of half of the show’s contestants. Those performers eliminated were Jonathan Carmack, Darcy Mascotti and Jordan Infield; leaving Zach Bell, Brandy Norman and Brad Pearce as the top three in the season’s finale.

The season four finale will feature a larger than normal Idol show. All three contestants will be performing two songs; one chosen by the contestant themselves, and another chosen by the Idol staff while being accompanied by a full on-stage band.

Also being featured at the finale will be season two winner Megan Sasko and season three winner Kara Todd along with a surprise guest or two. The top twelve singers from season four will also be back to perform during the show.

New this season, fans of the show were able to apply on the website for a chance to be a guest judge for the finale. Also, theater professor Mr. Carl Walling is assisting the Idol staff by providing the production with many new lighting fixtures to give the show more of a concert feel than ever before.

Cumberland Idol’s season finale, which will be celebrating a record setting season that, received over half a million votes, airs live at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday April 13 in the Gatliff chapel. The show can also be viewed live online at

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.