MOUNT VERNON — Fredi Bockover and Jillian Short proved they have what it takes at the 31st annual Knox Idol competition Friday evening.
Following a brief stint of technical difficulties, Short, participating in the youth division, performed “Take Me To Church” to the cheers of her marching band mates from Mount Vernon High School. Though this was her second year participating, it was her first time on the big stage, which she said suited her just fine.
“It was overall really fun,” Short said of the performance. “Just how it feels when I like nail something and like ‘yeah that came out of my mouth.’ That’s just really where my happy place is I guess.”
Short told the News that she was excited to win but was “bummed” that she wouldn’t be able to compete again for a few years. Winners, according to Short, aren’t allowed to compete again in the same category. Luckily for Short she will be able to return again once she turns 19 and joins the young adult division, which she said she “definitely” plans to do.
Short won $200 for first in the youth division.