After three days of online voting and over 1,700 votes cast, Adrienne McWhorter is the top-ranked participant in Laurens Sings.

The top 14 finalists took the stage on last Thursday night for the opening round of Laurens Sings. Each contestant performed one song each for their chance to impress the fans and the judges at the Laurens Amphitheater.

Voting opened at midnight on Thursday night and concluded at midnight on Sunday night. The judges’ votes account for 51 percent of the total while online voting accounts for 49 percent of the total.

After voting concluded on Sunday night, the performers were ranked 1 through 14 and the top-ranked performer will win $50.

Laurens Sings is a singing competition open to ages 8 and up. Laurens Sings offers participants a chance to sing each week during the three-week preliminaries. Remaining preliminaries will be held on June 14 and 21 at 6:30pm at the Laurens Amphitheater.

After each week of performances, the Top 14 will be ranked 1 through 14. The No. 1 ranked performer after the June 7 and June 14 performances will receive $50. The No. 1 ranked performer after the June 21 performances will receive $100.

The Top 10 will perform in the finale on June 28. The winner will be announced at the Riverfront Freedom Festival on July 3. The winner of Laurens Sings will receive $1,000.

Laurens Sings is sponsored by the Laurens Parks and Recreation Department and GoLaurens.com.

The Top 14 finalists (in order) after the first week of performances are:

  1. Adrienne McWhorter 
  2. Nicholas Smith
  3. David Henry
  4. Randy Holdway
  5. Mason Copeland
  6. Mary-Kate Kennedy
  7. Kim Saylors
  8. Ayden Sellars
  9. Hunter Tippins
  10. Autumn Kennedy
  11. Ane' Panapa
  12. Amanda Riddle
  13. Courtney Barbrey
  14. Ryan Miller