Winners of the second annual IDOL competition hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest County and the Rotary Club of Old Town Temecula were announced after a night of competition at the Old Town Temecula Theater Sept. 12.
Fifteen youth competed in three categories and were judged by local judges, including Alice Sullivan, president of the Temecula Chamber of Commerce; Jon Laskin, founder of Musicians Workshop; Amy Schulke, a teacher at Just Plain Dancin’ & Co.; and Stan Nickel, music director at Chaparral High School.
The competition was fierce as the youngsters sang and danced in front of a sold-out crowd and competed for a top prize of $250 in cash, said Boys & Girls Club Director of Operations Rhonda Guaderrama in a news release.
In the end, Mehel Dubois won in the 6-9 age category. In the 10-13 age group, eight contestants were split into two groups, with Michaela Reed and Sabrina Cook taking the titles. Rhett Jaramillo took the top spot in the 14-17 age group.
Other bounty received by the four winners included $25 gift certificates to the Promenade Temecula, $25 gift certificates to the Lazy Dog Cafe and a professional photo shoot at Jan Gentry studios. Local arts and entertainment scholarships were also given out, Guaderrama said.
“This was such a special opportunity for these very talented kids to take the stage and perform for family, friends and the community,” said Boys & Girls Clubs CEO Maryann Edwards. “For some of them, it was the first time they performed in a theater and it was a performance they will never forget.”
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