Young local singers got their time to shine Saturday night during the Delta Idol finals at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre.
Laura Marenych won the top prize singing “Wait A Bit” from the musical Just So in the event’s senior category while Seiko Miyazato took home the grand prize singing “Rise Up” by Andra Day in the junior age group.
They both won prize packages, which include a professionally recorded demo, coaching sessions, an industry consultation session, logo and graphic design and a professional photo shoot, from Studio Cloud 30.
“We were very impressed yet again by the talent we have in our community. Both Laura and Seiko have participated in past Delta Idols, so it was really nice to see their performance growth and that it was recognized by the judges,” said arts and culture programmer Jacqueline Hanson.
Judges this year included Linda Szentes, Jeramiah Ackermann and Michelle Carlisle.
“We had a lot of new finalists this year as well, which is fantastic to see more teens auditioning and taking the opportunity to showcase their singing on the stage,” said Hanson. “It was also great to see how much support from friends and family the finalists had this year in the crowd.”
In the senior category Faith Carswell placed second singing “At Last” by Etta James while Maddison Jose placed third, singing “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane.
In the junior category Finn Hipwell earned a second place finish singing “Netflix Trip” by AJR and Eric Sun placed third, signing “See You Again” (Wiz Khalifa ft Charlie Puth).