Meet Prince George’s Senior Idol

His name is William D. Ellis. He is 68. He is a retired prison educator. He is Prince George’s County Senior Idol.

“Mr. Ellis would make a person who can’t talk sing,” Nell Bumbrey, a member of Ellis’s choir at Mentrotone Baptist Church, told Capital News Service. “That’s how dynamic he is. He is just a person who has a lot of energy and he passes it on to the choir.”

That energy — and Ellis’s booming voice — apparently swayed judges in Prince George’s, who picked the Fort Washington resident as its Senior Idol out of 30 contestants last month. On April 4, at the Bowie Center for Performing Arts, Ellis and the runner-up will compete against Senior Idols from counties across the state for the crown of Maryland Senior Idol.

“PG County seniors, [you’re going to] be very proud of my deliverance,” the Senior Idol told CNS. “And I’m going to deliver.”

Love the confidence, Idol Ellis.

His church is quite confident, too. And proud.

The Rev. Amaziah C. Harper said Ellis gives “it his all whether he’s on camera, in competition, or whether he’s just singing in the bathroom.”

I give it my all when I sing in the bathroom too, but you don’t see me, for the good of our nation’s hearing health, in any Idol competitions.

There are only a special few who rise from beyond the bathroom and onto a stage. It takes talent. It takes a special voice. Ellis, the Senior Idol, has it. Watch this charming CNS video report to see for yourself.

Michael Rosenwald is a reporter on the Post's local enterprise team. He writes about the intersection of technology, business and culture.

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