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Air Force spouse Amie Lea Heller rocked the crowd with an impassioned rendition of "I will survive" by Gloria Gaynor.

Air Force spouse Amie Lea Heller rocked the crowd with an impassioned rendition of "I will survive" by Gloria Gaynor. (Geoff Ziezulewicz / S&S)

Air Force spouse Amie Lea Heller rocked the crowd with an impassioned rendition of "I will survive" by Gloria Gaynor.

Air Force spouse Amie Lea Heller rocked the crowd with an impassioned rendition of "I will survive" by Gloria Gaynor. (Geoff Ziezulewicz / S&S)

Though it was his first time competing in USAFE Idol, Airman 1st Class Dashun Carter sailed through his version of "God Bless the Child."

Though it was his first time competing in USAFE Idol, Airman 1st Class Dashun Carter sailed through his version of "God Bless the Child." (Geoff Ziezulewicz / S&S)

Staff Sgt. Harold Brown tore through an emotional take of "Walking in Memphis."

Staff Sgt. Harold Brown tore through an emotional take of "Walking in Memphis." (Geoff Ziezulewicz / S&S)

Last year's winner, Master Sgt. Douglas Gosselin, set the night off right with his own singing and dancing.

Last year's winner, Master Sgt. Douglas Gosselin, set the night off right with his own singing and dancing. (Geoff Ziezulewicz / S&S)

And they did just that Thursday night at the movie theater on RAF Lakenheath during the USAFE Idol competition, as a handful of singers worked to make their way to the next echelon of oratory excellence, the big show that is the USAFE finals later this month in Ramstein, Germany.

The packed house was initially whipped into a live-music frenzy by the tight stylings of the Air Force band Touch and Go, which got the party started with Pink’s “Get the Party Started,” and the Beach Boys’ “I Get Around.”

Skip Hoffman, an Air Force civilian who just transferred to Lakenheath from crosstown USAFE Idol rival RAF Mildenhall, took home top honors and $350 in cash.

Amy Egbert, an Air Force spouse, placed second.

Staff Sgt. Denise Santiago of Lakenheath and Senior Airman Douglas Beyer tied for third. But since they were the highest-ranking military folk, they will go on to the Ramstein level competition.

While performers sang everything from country to soul hits, the night was about more than just moving on in the competition.

“It’s another opportunity to sing,” Airman 1st Class Dashun Carter said.


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