Four youth contestants will join the remaining 17 adult contestants on Saturday, July 23 for Week 3 of Southern Vermont Idol. The 13th annual premier amateur singing competition encompasses five weeks – July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 5 – and is held at the Moose Lodge, 59 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls, Vermont.

Youth contestants will perform a song of their choice prior to the adults and are from Vermont: Jaia Carone and Ezra Holloway of Saxtons River, Cristo Buckley of Manchester Center and Hannah Sheltra of Bellows Falls.

Adult contestants will perform a song from the 70s: London Bremel, Julie Cermola, Rachel Cote, Jennifer Cousineau, Mackenzie Hall, Madison Jacques, David Ramos, Izzy Serebrov, Leah Silva and Rachel Spigel from Vermont; and Joshua Delaney, Zoe Ferrin, Lara Germana, Daniel Hartigan, Alexandra Perez, Bailey Tucker and Colin Whitcomb from New Hampshire.

The top four finalists from the teen/adult group 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 four youth ages 6-12 will win trophies, cash and prizes. All finalists will be invited to perform on stage during Old Home Days festivities on Saturday, August 6 from 11am-Noon. Idol Emcee Wade Garrett will host the show.

Garrett is a comedian, singer, entertainer and professional announcer from Keene, NH. Music and sound provided by Aimé Theroux. Judges for July 23 are Jeanie Levesque of North Walpole, Samantha Maskell of Bellows Falls and Steve Pro of Keene. Judges’ scores count for 50% and audience scores comprise 50% of total score.

Purchase tickets online HERE, in three categories: youth age 12 and under, senior age 62 and over, or general admission. The door opens at 6pm to secure general admission seating and the show begins at 7pm. Food and drink will be available through the Moose Lodge. No outside food or beverages may be brought in.

Net proceeds benefit the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP), a nonprofit organization in Bellows Falls, Vermont. RAMP celebrates 20 years of commitment to integrating the arts into the community by creating effective partnerships that initiate and support accessibility, affordable housing, artist town meetings, public art initiatives and policy making.

Vermont sponsors include: Athens Pizza, Bart Energy, Cota and Cota, Dari Joy, FACT TV, Halladay’s, Outnumbered Grill, Sovernet, Vermont Country Store, WOOL Radio of Bellows Falls; 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.

All performers are defined as amateurs, a performer who engages in singing occasionally, paid or unpaid, rather than as a sole profession. Contact Susan MacNeil at or call 603-313-0052 for more information.

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