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A total of 10 finalists vied for prizes at the finale of Southern Vermont Idol, held on August 5 at the Moose Lodge, 59 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls, Vermont. Winners were ranked according to the results of audience and judges’ ballots. Judges for the finale were David Stern, Artistic Director of Main Street Arts in Saxtons River, VT; Steve Pro, front man for his band The Ticket of Keene; and Bruce Murphy, HKS realtor and 2004 co-founder of Keene Idol.
Youth finalists received trophies and cash awards underwritten by Durand Toyota of Westminster, VT. In 4th place Scottie J. Perez of Claremont, NH; 3rd place Ezra Holloway of Saxtons River, VT; 2nd place Jaia Caron of Saxtons River, VT: 1st place Cristo Buckley of Manchester Center, VT.
Adult finalists received trophies and cash awards as well. Second, fifth and sixth places were underwritten by Septic Pro of Brattleboro, VT and Keene, NH, and fourth place was underwritten by Lisai’s Market of Bellows Falls and Chester, VT. Grand prize winner Izzy Serebrov of Essex and Bellows Falls received $1500 and a day in the recording studio of Guilford Sound; Mackenzie Hall of Bellows Falls received $750; Lara Germana of Keene, NH received $500; Julie Cermola of Bellows Falls received $250; Daniel Hartigan of Walpole, NH received $150; and Joshua Delaney of Claremont, NH received $100.
Finalists performed on stage at the Waypoint Center during Bellows Falls Old Home Days festivities on Saturday, August 6. Idol Emcee Wade Garrett, DJ Aime Theroux and sound engineer Erik Dustin provided technical assistance.
The event benefitted the nonprofit Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP) celebrating 20 years in 2016. Vermont sponsors include: Athens Pizza, Bart Energy, Cota and Cota, Dari Joy, FACT TV, Halladay’s, Lisai’s Markets, Outnumbered Grill, Sovernet, Vermont Country Store, WOOL Radio of Bellows Falls; Durand Toyota of Westminster; Brattleboro Ford Subaru, The Marina of Brattleboro; Guilford Sound of Guilford. New Hampshire sponsors include Charlesworks of Peterborough; Joanie Joan’s Baked Goods, Costume Ladies and Walpole Creamery of Walpole; Clark Mortenson Insurance, EngraveIt, Gem Graphics, Monadnock Broadcasting Group, Septic Pro, Silver Direct of Keene.