BELLOWS FALLS >> After four weeks of intense competition, it's Broadway and choice song selections this week for the finalists of Southern Vermont Idol at the finale on Friday. The premier amateur singing competition is held at the Moose Lodge, 59 Westminster St., Bellows Falls.

Because voting was so close among the top six adult contestants, the decision was made to expand the top tier from four to six contestants! Finalists are Julie Cermola, Mackenzie Hall and Izzy Serebrov from Vermont; and Joshua Delaney, Lara Germana and Daniel Hartigan from New Hampshire.

Four youth finalists will also perform a song of their choice prior to the adults. Scottie J. Perez of Claremont, NH, Cristo Buckley of Manchester Center, VT, and Jaia Caron and Ezra Holloway of Saxtons River, VT will all take the stage.

The top six finalists from the adult group have a chance to win the grand prize of $1500 and a full-day recording session at Guilford Sound, a professional studio in the foothills of Vermont's Green Mountains. Second, fifth and sixth prizes are underwritten by Septic Pro with offices in Brattleboro and Keene, N.H.. The top four youth ages 6-12 will win trophies and cash prizes underwritten by Durand Toyota of Westminster.

Ballots will be collected after all performances have concluded and tallied by an independent team in order to award prizes at the end of the evening. During ballot tallying, singers Holly Brewer, Allie McGahie and Zac Binney will perform on stage for the audience.


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All finalists are invited to perform from 11 a.m. to -noon at the Waypoint Center on Saturday. Idol Emcee Wade Garrett will host the show and Idol DJ Aime Theroux will oversee music selections.

Judges for the August 5 finale are David Stern, Artistic Director of Main Street Arts in Saxtons River, VT; Steve Pro, front man for his band The Ticket of Keene; and Bruce Murphy, HKS realtor and 2004 co-founder of Keene Idol. Judges' scores count for 50% and audience scores comprise 50% of total score. Emcee Wade Garrett is a comedian, entertainer and professional announcer from Keene, NH. Aime Theroux is a professional DJ from Bellows Falls,.

Purchase tickets online at southernvermontidol.com in three categories: youth age 12 and under, senior age 62 and over, or general admission. The door opens at 6 p.m. to secure general admission seating and the show begins at 7 p.m. Food and drink will be available through the Moose Lodge. No outside food or beverages may be brought in.

Net proceeds benefit the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP), a nonprofit organization in Bellows Falls. RAMP celebrates 20 years of commitment to integrating the arts into the community by creating effective partnerships that initiate and support accessibility, affordable housing, artist town meetings, public art initiatives and policy making. www.ramp-vt.org

Vermont sponsors include: Athens Pizza, Bart Energy, Cota and Cota, Dari Joy, FACT TV, Halladay's, Outnumbered Grill, Sovernet, Vermont Country Store, WOOL Radio of Bellows Falls; Durand Toyota of Westminster; Brattleboro Ford Subaru, The Marina of Brattleboro; Guilford Sound of Guilford. New Hampshire sponsors include Charlesworks of Peterborough; Joanie Joan's Baked Goods, Costume Ladies and Walpole Creamery of Walpole; Clark Mortenson Insurance, EngraveIt, Gem Graphics, Monadnock Broadcasting Group, Septic Pro, Silver Direct of Keene.

All performers are defined as amateurs, a performer who engages in singing occasionally, paid or unpaid, rather than as a sole profession. Visit southernvermontidol.com for details and online ticket purchases. Contact Susan MacNeil at susan@svidol.com or call 603-313-0052 for more information.