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Forum staff reports, Published February 10 2013

Two Fargo Star finalists move on from Round 1; Round 2 voting begins

FARGO – Almost 17,000 votes came in for the first round of Fargo Star voting, giving us the first two finalists in The Forum’s annual singing showcase.

Trina Michels, of Fargo, said she was shocked to find out she’d received the most votes of any of the 20 contestants up for first-round voting.

This year is the 29-year-old’s first time trying out for the competition.

“It’s been many years since I have sung, so I just thought I would throw my hat in the ring this year,” says Michels, who sang “Need You Now” by Plumb in her audition video.

Taylor Hought, of Foxhome, Minn., a good friend of last year’s winner, Taylor Wall, will also move on to the finals.

“I’ve been singing my whole life, and it’s something I really like to do,” says Hought, who sang “Bad” by The Cab in her audition. “Taylor (Wall) said it’s a great way to get my name out there.”

Michels and Hought will perform live March 23 at our Fargo Star Finals. Neither singer knew what she would sing onstage at The Venue in Fargo, but Hought had narrowed her selection to a genre.

“My parents brought me up on AC/DC, Def Leppard, stuff like that. So I’ll probably sing something like that,” said the junior at Breckenridge (Minn.) High School.

The other eight finalists are up to you to over the next three weeks. Today, Round 2 of voting starts. Visit