Who will be crowned Snofest Idol?

Snofest Idol finalists are bringing their voices to Showplace on Sunday to vie for the Idol title.

Nine finalists will compete for the top spot in the annual singing competition that’s part of the Peterborough Snofest Carnival.

The family-friendly event is happening at Showplace from 2 to 5 p.m. Donations are accepted at the door.

The top three will receive medallions and cash prizes.

This year’s finalists are: Tristan Konkle, 14, Aimee Gordon, 14, Grace Hatherly, 16, Amy Sarginson, 15, Madeline Cockburn-Adams, 15, Rachel Leung, 17, Jaidan Charters, 15, Kaia Martin, 14, and Mary Colton, 17.

The contest, open to city and county residents aged 12 to 22, garnered about 20 entries this year.

Initially, organizers had planned to whittle down to eight finalists. But they ended up with one more.

”It was difficult to choose, so we thought we’d go with nine,” said Dianne Burnett, Idol co-ordinator.

Finalists will perform one song each before judges deliberate, narrowing it down to three. Those three will then sing another song before the winner is announced.

This year’s judging panel includes David Goyette, an Examiner columnist, Whitney Paget, a former Snofest Idol winner, and Matt Diamond, a local performer.

Contestants will be more prepared than ever to take the stage Sunday, after participating in several workshops, having the guidance of a mentor and singing at public events.

When Burnett took over as co-ordinator last season, she decided to get finalists warmed up before the big day.

In previous years, finalists simply took the stage at the competition after being selected from their audition tape.

But without any guidance or experience, many of finalist looked like ”a deer in headlights” when they took the stage for the first time.

So Burnett introduced workshops and teamed up with the Peterborough Petes and the Black Horse Pub last season.

The young performers were welcomed to sing the national anthem at Petes games, or perform in the lobby before games. The owner of the Black Horse also donated some time on a few Saturday afternoons for the, to get a feel for the stage.

This season, Burnett implemented more support, offering more workshops and the leadership of a mentor who taught them about public speaking, stage performance, microphone etiquette, and how to dress, for example.

What they learned through Idol programming are lessons that go beyond the stage, Burnett added.

”It can build confidence and it can build self-esteem,” she said.

The co-ordinator said they’re expecting a good turnout Sunday, which is exactly what the finalists need.

”It really helps with their confidence to come out and see all these people cheering them on.”


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