Luke Spude Named Door County Idol 2013

Spude performs his final number at the 2013 Door County Idol competition. Photo by Len Villano.

And Luke Spude of Southern Door High School was named this year’s Door County Idol.

On Jan. 5, Spude along with five other talented teens from throughout the Door Peninsula – Dominique Bowers, Katie Glabe, Bjorn Kettering, Alix Boettcher, and Genevieve Pelrine – competed for the title by singing two songs to over 200 audience members at Southern Door Community Auditorium. Spectators also included three judges – Door County favorite Dorothy Scott, known for her daring performances and amazing guitar playing; broadcaster Nic Freimuth, who returned as a judge for the fourth time; and Dr. James Hiese, a doctor at Ministry Door County Medical Center and fan of a variety of musical genres – who provided commentary following each participant’s performances.

Spude was awarded $1,000 for his win, while runner-up Bjorn Kettering received $300, and the others $100.

The evening also featured performances by 2012 Door County Idol runner-up, Trevor Hietpas, and 2012 Steel Bridge Songfest winner, Brittany Hallett.

To view Len Villano’s photos from the event, visit