South Carolina native crowned winner of Palmetto Idol

Columbia, SC (WACH)- Palmetto Idol auditions were held Saturday afternoon at Tin Roof, where more than 60 contestants lined up outside for a chance to secure a spot in front of American Idol producers.

Conner Watkins was crowned the winner, and his chance to audition in front of American Idol producers will be July 26th, in Atlanta, GA.

â??There was a lot of competition especially the top fiveâ?? said Watkins. â??Iâ??ve been working at this ever since I was little to be honest. Iâ??ve been taking vocal lessons consistently for about a year now.â??

During the first round, contestants had 20 seconds to sing a capella in front of a panel of judges.

The five final contestants received 30 seconds.