Monday, 24 September 2007 2:46 PM

Solomon Idols 2007 Attracts Thousands

Hot yet grooving was the jam-packed Multipurpose Hall, with a huge turn out for the Solomon Idols 2007 contest.

A hyped crowd cheering on from the hula entertainment through to the elimination rounds for the Solomon Idols 2007 kept everyone on their feet late into the night.

Organised by the Global Youth and Leadership Nexus (GY&LN), the competition saw 10 finalists vying for the top spot, categorised in two groups: young executives and the Solo Idols finalists.

The Young Executives kick started the musical night, displaying great voices and stage acts from contestants as young as 8-years-old.

Young impessionists of Tami Cynn, Sean Kingston, Bon Jovi, to name a few, got the crowd worked up as they cheered the young talents.

Etiy Eteaki Tomasi stole the crowd's heart with his single rose at hand, crooning to Bon Jovi's "Bed of Roses".

Judges came out with Dalipanda Cavanagh taking the fifth place, Louisa Korowai in fourth, Richie Saeni on third, Rachel Sarei sitting comfortably on second while Etiy Eteaki Tomasi grabbed first prize in the Young Executives category.

Solomon Idols finalists were cut back from 10 competitors to 9, with an absent Erin Gilbert, who is currently on tour in Vanuatu.

Voices crooned their way to win the hearts of the judges, as one competitor after another made their way on stage.

Round one was the determining line for the singers, as they battled with their voices for both the crowd and the judges' favours.

Only five could squeeze in for the top spot, seeing the number being cut back as the competition took toll into the night.

Edwin Mark, Elizabeth Pio, Rose Wiki and Philip Carlos bowed out, giving way for the remaining five to give what was to be the best yet.

The five contestants made the night worthwhile as they entertained the crowd with a bit of rock 'n' roll, some rap tunes, gospel harmony, island melody and yet another Celine Dion piece of music.

Hitting the high notes of Celine Dion's "To love you more" got Faye Indu straight to the top, beating the rest and bringing uproar of high approval from the crowd.

Taking on second place was Yolandah McSasai, while George Hiri took third spot, Edesh Manguimamao in fourth and Freddie Winsoul taking fifth place.