If you’re on Facebook or listen to WAKG 103.3, I’m sure you haven’t been able to avoid the chatter or the videos from their recent competition, Sing For the Ring with Eden Jewelry.

It was simple, and yes I did participate, you went to one of their jewelry stores on whichever day WAKG was broadcasting, signed up, chose a song and sang.

Shoppers were in and out of the store, sometimes noise coming in from the outside, and you stood their singing into a DSLR camera that was recording a video that was later put on WAKG’s Facebook page.

A “like” or a “love” reaction to the video equaled a vote.

It featured talent from Danville, Gretna, Chatham, Reidsville, South Boston and surrounding areas, and I’ll have to say, the people of South Boston really showed just how much talent we have.

Our local talent has always been evident through other singing competitions, plays at The Prizery, cheerleading expos at the high school, sports tournaments, art galleries and more.

The local talent in this particular contest was even commented on by some of the people who were at the Eden Jewelry location on Old Halifax Road when I visited to record my video.

Not only was our talent evident in those comments but also in the “likes” and “loves” that came flooding in on videos that were “shared” hundreds of times.

I’m sure everyone who uses Facebook knows, the more individuals react to a particular post, whether it is by comment, like or share, that post will continue to circulate more and more.

During the “Sing for the Ring” contest, I continued to see videos of South Boston residents circulating the most, and two in particular featuring Dennis Lewis of Clover singing “In Case You Didn’t Know” and Ethan Reid, who I believe is from Red Oak, singing “Neon Moon.”

Reid went on to take the competition with over 2,600 votes, and I think it’s safe to say Lewis came in second with over 2,100 votes.

Congratulations to you both.

They both performed beautiful renditions of their songs and looked effortless while doing so, and I think it speaks volumes that they won out of so many different people from different areas.

And, they weren’t the only talent in the competition. There were many more such as Laura Burroughs singing “Tin Man,” Jessica Lawson singing “Break Down Here,” Kaley Francisco singing “Girl Crush” and Carolyn Dunn singing “Me and Bobby McGee” to name a few.

Reid was announced as the winner June 30, and he was able to choose between a $6,500 ring or an Eden Jewelry $5,000 shopping spree.

I’m not sure which one he picked because when he was on the air on WAKG, he said, “Do I have to make that decision right now?”

A hard decision indeed.

Ashley Hodge reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com