11 Senior Idol finalists announced, finals Oct. 1

With 42 contestants in 32 acts auditioning, organizers of Chesterfield County and the Tri-Cities’ first Senior Idol competition found themselves with more talent than they planned, according to a press release from the Shepherd’s Center.

“When all the audition judges’ numbers were tallied, there were two acts that tied for the final 10th place,” Tricia Wolfe, executive director and one of the event’s coordinators, says in the release. “So we decided to add a wildcard spot to the Top 10 Finalists list, making it the Top 11.”

The Top 11 finalists will return Friday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at Thomas Dale High School to compete at the fundraiser for the Shepherd’s Center, the release says.  Three winners will take home prize packages totaling $300, $150 and $75.

The 11 finalists, in no particular order, are:

  • Sherrie Lizarraga, singing and yodeling;
  • Howard Wynn, a creative dance, “Three’s Company”,
  • J. A. Winckler, singing in the style of Frank Sinatra;
  • Billy Smith, gospel singer and pianist;
  • Gerry Seeley, singing an original song and playing guitar;
  • Inez Johnson, singing a song from Porgy and Bess;
  • Barry Green, singing;
  • Cheryl Cross and Jackie Fedor, duet singing;
  • The Beulah Road Quartet with Kent Hudson, Jim Wade, Don Joyner and Tom Bradman;
  • The Colonial Heights Tap Dancing Grannies Falls, with Linda Mason, Linda Pond, Alice “Granny” Temple, Carolyn Temple and Carol Wrenn;
  • Alberto Barbaran, singing in the style of Paul Anka.

For a sneak preview of these performers, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfAFUFOva7A.

Tickets for the final competition are $10, $7 for seniors and students, and are available at Chester Minuteman Press, 4100 W. Hundred Road, the Village News office, 4607 W. Hundred Road, Chester, the Shepherd’s Center’s booth at ChesterFest or by calling the Shepherds’ Center office at 706-6689.  

All proceeds from the event will help support the services and programs of the Shepherd’s Center, a non-profit, interfaith organization of volunteers who donate their resources to help senior adults aged 50 and older who reside in Chesterfield County and the Tri-Cities region remain independent in their own homes, the release says.

For more information, call 706-6689 or visit the organization’s website at www.shepctrchesterfield.org.

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