DARLINGTON—It wasn’t his first time in front of a crowd on stage, but being named Pioneer Idol was a big deal for University of Wisconsin-Platteville freshman RJ Fisher.
Fisher, a Darlington native, has been performing since sixth grade when he was in his first talent show. He said he’s been in more than 25 over the years and hopes this one will bring him a step closer to being recognized for his musical talents.
Fisher said there were two rounds in the competition held at the student center of UWP. A qualifying round saw 40 contestants perform, then those were pared down to 10 in a finalist round.
“It was pretty intense in the second round,” Fisher said. “There was a very large crowd. The whole student center was packed with people.”
Fisher sang an original song he wrote called, “A Wish For You.” He said he would categorize it as easy listening or acoustic.
“It was inspired by what I’ve been through in my own personal life,” Fisher said.
He said it’s about feeling alone and always remembering that there is someone out there for you and it will be OK.
Fisher said he thinks writing and performing his own song helped him win the competition. He said part of the judging is based on originality.
“This is what I worked at, what I created,” Fisher said. “It really helps to show it off.”
Fisher said he hopes this competition will help get his name out there to push forward with his music career.
“It was a pretty significant competition,” Fisher said. “The entire campus had the opportunity to try out. To be the one who came out on top was incredible.”
His prize was a $150 gift certificate to Walmart.
Fisher is a music education major at UWP. He is a 2011 graduate of Darlington High School. He participated in band and choir since middle school.