They came with dreams ofIdolfame. More than 50 West Virginia University students flooded into the Mountainlair in October to audition for a shot at becoming WVU ’s first Mountaineer Idol.

Four grueling elimination rounds later, only two remain. Joshua Jannotta and Marlana Scott will face off in a grand finale at 3 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 14) in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. The grand prize is $1,000 and a chance to sing the national anthem at a WVU men’s basketball game.

For Jannotta, a senior music/voice performance major from Ironton , Ohio , performing comes naturally. He is a member of the University Choir and WVU Opera Theatre as well as the Trinity Presbyterian Church choir.

During the preliminary competition, he wowed WVU and local celebrity judges with his soulful rendition of Lonestar’s No. 1 songAmazed.

Growing up, his biggest musical influence was tenor Placido Domingo.

Scott, a senior multidisciplinary studies major from Imperial, Pa. , has always wanted to try out forAmerican Idol,so when WVU Student Affairs put out the call forMountaineer Idolcontestants, she couldn’t pass up her shot at fame.

From the first note of the Alicia Keys hitFallin’,judges knew they had a top 10 finalist on their hands. Scott said she gets her musical inspiration from pop diva Mariah Carey.

Besides being an accomplished singer, Scott is also a Dean’s List student. In addition, she has served as a WVU football tour guide and worked as a Ronald McDonald House volunteer in 2001.

TheMountaineer Idolfinale, being held in conjunction with Mountaineer Week activities at WVU , is open to the public. Tickets are $5 with half of the proceeds going to the WVU Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The contest is sponsored by Coca-Cola and organized by WVU Student Affairs in partnership with Fox 46.Mountaineer Idolis based on the popular Fox TV showAmerican Idol( The next installment ofAmerican Idolairs in January.

For more information, contact Sonja Wilson, Mountaineer Week coordinator, or

Marci Lane,Mountaineer Idolstudent chair, at 304-293-2702.