Two ‘Idol’ contests next week in Rancho Bernardo
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
Two evenings showcasing local talent are among pre-Spirit of the Fourth festivities coming next week.
The annual RB Idol competition for youths ages 8-18 will be 7-10 p.m. Thursday, June 28 in the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road.
The inaugural Golden Idol featuring locals 55-plus will be 4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 30 in the Ed Brown Senior Center, 18402 W. Bernardo Drive in Rancho Bernardo Community Park.
Each will feature up to 20 area contestants who will perform no longer than five-minute acts.
The RB Idol contest, inspired by the “American Idol” television show, will factor in audience votes when selecting the top three finalists who are competing for cash prizes of $500, $200 and $100. They will also be invited to perform at the July 4 evening festivities at Bernardo Heights Middle School held prior to the fireworks show.
RB Idol organizer Rebecca Burgess said each entry ticket will equal one vote and attendees can purchase additional $1 votes during the evening. These votes will be combined with the judges’ scores to determine the winners, she said.
To start off the evening, last year’s RB Idol Matt Billman and RB Idol runner-up Kristi Krause, who recently appeared on “American Idol,” will each sing solos and “The Prayer” as a duet. While the scores are being tabulated, jazz saxophonist and two-time RB Idol finalist Chris Burgess will entertain the crowd.
Because this is a fundraiser for Rancho Bernardo’s Spirit of the Fourth festivities, there will also be opportunity drawings, a silent auction and door prizes offered.
“Last year we made a more than $2,000 profit,” Burgess said. “We hope to make more this year.”
Tickets to RB Idol are $10 if purchased in advance through Burgess or $15 at the door. To buy tickets in advance, contact her at 858-382-5222 or email@example.com.
While the entry spots are filled for the RB Idol contest, as of press time there were still openings in the Golden Idol contest. That is open to area seniors — amateur performers ages 55-plus — who would like to compete for cash prizes by performing a dance, singing a song, playing an instrument or showing off some other talent. The top three finalists will also receive an invitation to perform during the Spirit of the Fourth community fair in Webb Park.
The deadline to enter is June 23. Call Marla Cruz at 858-487-9324 for details.
Because this is the first year, admission is free to the Golden Idol competition, Cruz said.
While ideally the Golden Idol could also be a Spirit of the Fourth fundraiser as its younger counterpart has become, Cruz said “it is just for fun this year to showcase our talented seniors.”
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