First Finalist Selected for Gimme the Mike!

One finalist has been chosen by the judges. One Wild Card contestant has been chosen by viewers. Who will be the next to advance on FOX50’s Gimme the Mike!? Tune in on Thursday, April 28, 2005, at 7:30pm to find out.

Daniel D. Johnson
Daniel D. Johnson
of Goldsboro is the first finalist chosen by the judges for Gimme the Mike!.

On last week’s premiere episode, Daniel D. Johnson of Goldsboro became the first finalist chosen by the judges of this season’s Verizon SuperPages Presents FOX 50’s Gimme the Mike! to advance to the live one-hour finale.  Johnson is a Paraprofessional who helps patients rehabilitate from head and brain injuries.

Lauren Wenick
Viewers selected Lauren Wenick of Raleigh as their first Wild Card pick.

An online audience vote named Lauren Wenick of Raleigh this season’s first Wild Card pick.  Wenick advances to the live FOX 50’s Gimme the Mike! Wild Card Playoff Show where she’ll have an additional chance to showcase her singing abilities for an online Wild Card vote.  She’s currently a student at Wakefield High School who’d like to major in musical theater. 

This Thursday night will feature the singing talent of Clayton Lee from Fayetteville, Erin Gilbert from Raleigh, Meghann Flores from Dudley, and Tom Wedsworhty, Jr. from Chapel Hill.

Your vote counts!  
FOX 50’s Gimme the Mike! is interactive.  Following Thursday night’s show from 8pm to midnight, log on to and vote for the contestant you’d like to see get another chance.  Viewers will vote one Wild Card contestant from each episode of Gimme the Mike! to appear in this season’s live Wild Card Playoff Show, where the weekly Wild Card winners will have an extra chance to sing for a live audience.  One Wild Card contestant will advance to the season finale and compete for the grand prize.

A new episode of FOX 50’s Gimme the Mike! airs each Thursday night at 7:30 on FOX 50 (WRAZ-TV).  Each week features the performances of four new talented singers from all over North Carolina.  If you’d like another chance to see the past week’s winning performances, tune in for a special encore presentation of Verizon SuperPages Presents FOX 50’s Gimme the Mike! Monday nights at 10:35pm, following WRAL’s 10pm News on FOX 50.

Verizon SuperPages Presents FOX 50’s Gimme the Mike! will culminate in a one-hour live finale in May where one finalist will be awarded the grand prize.  The season finale event will also feature live performances from some special musical guests and will be broadcast live from downtown Raleigh leading into May’s biggest television music event:  the finale of American Idol.

For contestant bios, show clips, extra features and wildcard voting, log on to

Thanks to FOX 50’s Christine Van Cott for this capcom story.

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