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(Bellows Falls VT) Week Three of the 2017 Southern Vermont Idol event, a premier amateur singing competition in its 13th year, will be held on the mainstage of the 550-seat Bellows Falls Opera House on Sunday, July 23 at 2pm. The event continues on Sunday, July 30 at 2pm, and the finale will be held on Friday, August 4 at 7pm during Old Home Days weekend.

Youth contestants ages 6-12 join in weeks 3, 4, and 5 and will perform at the beginning of the show: Erlianyss Aviles, Ezra Holloway, Marlin Hubbard, Lanie Goodwin and Anthony Mitchell. A special pre-show performance by the students of Gem Starz (formerly Le Studio) will kick off the Idol show on July 30.

Musical selections from artists inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame will be performed by Zac Binney, Jaia Caron, Morgan Carter, Jenna Cousineau, Jennifer Cowdrey, Bill Delaney, Josh Delaney, Jamie Denno, Amber DiBona, Lara Germana, Mackenzie Hall, Madison Jacques, Alexis Johndrown, Allie McGahie, Gina Richardson and Sonya Robison.

The top 4 adults have a chance to win the grand prize of $1500 and a full-day recording session at Guilford Sound, a professional recording studio in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Second prize is $750, third $500 and fourth $250. The top 4 youth will win trophies, cash and prizes. All finalists will be invited to perform on stage during Old Home Days festivities on Saturday, August 5.

The Emcee for the event is comedian, singer and entertainer Wade Garrett. Judges for July 13 are Steve Pro, Jeanie Levesque and Karen Bays Ducharme. Judges’ scores count for 50% of contestant total, and audience scores comprise the remaining 50%. Audience members will vote for both youth and adult contestants.

Purchase tickets online at General admission tickets are $15, Seniors 65+ are $10, Youth 12 and under free, and VIP tickets (first four center rows) are $20. Tickets also available at the door. The Saxton’s River Inn will provide a cash bar and the concessions stand will be open. Donations of personal hygiene items, socks, peanut butter/jam and other food staples will be accepted for Our Place Drop-In Center throughout all five weeks of the event.

Sponsors include the Bellows Falls Country Club, Charlesworks, Chroma Technologies, Dari Joy, Durand Toyota, Engrave-It, FACT TV, Gem Graphics, Gem Starz, Guilford Sound, Halladay’s, Rockingham Arts and Museum Project and SepticPro. All performers are defined as amateurs, a performer who engages in singing occasionally, paid or unpaid, rather than as a sole profession. Visit the website at for event details. Contact Susan MacNeil at or call 603-313-0052 for more information.

Week 3 Song List

Zac Binney Keene Change Gonna Come Sam Cooke
Jaia Caron Saxton's River Hurt Johnny Cash
Jenna Cousineau Bellows Falls Alone Heart
Jennifer Crowley Windsor I Love Rock n Roll Joan Jett
Bill Delaney Bellows Falls I Want You to Want Me Cheap Trick
Josh Delaney Bellows Falls Simple Man Lynard Skynard
Jamie Denno Hinsdale American Trilogy Elvis
Amber Dibona Grafton Crazy He Calls Me Billie Holiday
Lara Germana Keene Natural Woman Aretha Franklin
Mackenzie Hall Westminster New York State of Mind Billy Joel
Maddie Jacques Bellows Falls ABC Jackson 5
Alexis Johndrow Keene Superstitious Stevie Wonder
Allie McGahie East Dorset Yesterday Paul McCartney
Gina Richardson Bellows Falls Beautiful Ones Prince
Sonya Robison Bellows Falls Sometimes Love Ain’t Enough Patty Smith


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