If 10-year-old Victoria Wise ever makes it big as a country singer, there were a lot of folks in downtown Winchester Friday night who will be able to say they heard her sing when she was just starting out.
Victoria was one of 23 contestants in the opening round of Winchester Superstar, the American Idol-styled contest that will seek to uncover the area's most talented performers in three age groups over the summer.
The event drew a large crowd, many of whom brought their own lawn chairs and sat in the middle of Main Street, which had been blocked off for the event. Victoria had them clapping and stomping their feet with her rendition of "Hillbilly Shoes" by Montgomery Gentry.
She wasn't the only one, though, as many in the crowd commented on the outstanding talent the contest drew. Competing in the 15 and under category, crowd favorites included five-year-old Rocky McKenzie and his seven-year-old sister Jada McKenzie, who both showed remarkable poise and musical ability in singing without musical accompaniment.