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Heidi Shaffer, Published February 09 2014

Classmates to battle it out in Fargo Star finals

FARGO – A couple of classmates will be battling it out onstage for the title of Fargo Star 2014.

Kennedy Kiser and Jenna Wawers, who met in a music class this semester at Minnesota State University Moorhead, move on to the finals after our second week of online voting.

Wawers took the stage at last year’s competition, which should help ease her nerves March 22 when she’ll sing once again with Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome backing up her vocals at the finals.

“It’s a little pressure, but it’s exciting,” says the 19-year-old, who plans to major in music at MSUM. “It’s a good experience to be on the stage with the band.”

Wawers sang Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good” for her online video, which picked up 22 percent of votes during the Week 2 competition, and said she’ll likely choose something similar for the live competition at The Venue in Fargo.

“Amy Winhouse is kind of my go-to for any audition,” she says. “I’m think that’s what I’ll sing for finals, too.”

Kiser, who garnered 38 percent of the online votes during Week 2, will also be one of the 10 performers for the finals.

The 19-year-old Fargo woman sang Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Put Your Records On” for her audition video.

“I just really liked how it flowed,” she says.

Kiser placed third in 2012’s Fargo Star with a version of Pink’s “Glitter in the Air.” She missed last year’s competition.

Week 3 voting starts today, with contestants vying for two spots in the finals.

The last round of voting begins Feb. 17, when all the remaining contestants’ videos go back up for a last shot at the four remaining spots to the finals.

Visit http://fargostar.areavoices.com to cast your votes.


Staff writer Meredith Holt contributed to this report.

Readers can reach Forum features editor Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511