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Road to Fame: The Final Five

"American Idol"-style competition wraps up Wednesday



    Road to Fame: The Final Five
    Joe Dowling
    The five finalists in the Road to Fame competition are (l-r) Enrico Bellomo, Chante Linwood, Big Llou Johnson, Lauren Wolf and Francessa Landry.

    And then there were five.

    Several weeks of intense competition that might give Simon Cowell pause culminates Wednesday in the finale of Mahoney’s Pub & Grille's Road to Fame singing competition.

    Five local singers are set to compete for a chance to win round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations for two in LA, $500 cash and a live gig at a Culver City, CA club called Rush Street in front of record company representatives.

    Here's the finalists:

    • Chante Linwood: A unique singer who's hard to pigeonhole into any easy classification.
    • Enrico Bellomo: Gets raves for his powerful, operatic voice that's perfect for show tunes.
    • Lauren Wolf: Janis Joplin meets Bettte Midler. She's got strong vocals and powerful lungs.
    • Big Llou Johnson: Think Barry White with his deep, low voice. He's considered the MOST charismatic vocalist to ever take the stage at Mahoney's.
    • Francessa Landry: A pop/dance star in waiting. She's got the looks and the chops.

    Three judges help determine the winner along with the audience, via text messaging.

    Wednesday, 8-11 p.m, Mahoney’s Pub & Grille, 551 North Ogden Ave., (312) 733-2121