Dru and Michaella Johnson preform at the 2018 Ohio Has Talent competition where they took the top title. (Photo submitted)
Dru and Michaella Johnson preform at the 2018 Ohio Has Talent competition where they took the top title. (Photo submitted)

VAN WERT – This year's Ohio Has Talent contest will feature past winners as they compete for the "Champion of Champions" title. Siblings Dru and Michaella Johnson won the 2018 competition while performing a rap duet. The pair will join together again for this year's 13th annual competition.

Dru Johnson, a junior at Van Wert High School, was encouraged to perform by his older sister Michaella, who is now off at college. Last spring and summer, the pair performed together at events such as the YWCA's Stand Against Racism and the annual Main Street Van Wert dinner. For this year's Ohio Has Talent championship show, Dru's aim is to have a good time.

"I'm just trying to get up there and have fun with it and give glory to God," said Dru. "I haven't performed since Michaella left and I didn't know if I was going to be able to again. So to be back up on the stage – I want to make sure to soak it all in and have a good time."

Dru said that he is not sure yet which song he and Michaella will be performing, but he is sure that it will entertain. He also looks forward to joining Michaella again on stage.

"It really means a lot," said Dru of performing with his sister. "I know performing on stage is more Michaella's thing and she might even be more successful on stage without me, so her allowing me to be up there is amazing but also, the way we click up there and how we can just be our goofy selves is just amazing."

Dru said he is happy he will be able to compete again and is looking forward to connecting with other Ohio Has Talent winners and listening to how the other performers have developed over the years. Dru noted that participating in Ohio Has Talent has given him the courage to try out for theatre events at a high school level. He will play Tarzan in Van Wert's spring musical in April.

"Never leave any regrets on the table," Dru said of why others should try out for Ohio Has Talent. "I know I would have regretted not doing Ohio Has Talent if I didn't, even though I was nervous, even though I was inexperienced, it really helped me become a better person in my opinion.

Dru also performed in 2017 without Michaella and was awarded honorable mention. In 2019, the pair performed together while votes were being tallied.

Ohio Has Talent will take place on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.

Proceeds from the show benefit the Community Health Professionals (CHP) patient care fund for in-home hospice. As a nonprofit hospice, CHP works with patients and families regardless of their financial situation. The patient care fund helps cover gaps for uncovered patient care expenses and enables CHP to continue providing compassionate care throughout Northwest and West Central Ohio.