Top contestants chosen for 'Southern Vermont Idol'


BELLOWS FALLS >> After three audition cycles, contestants have been chosen to compete in the first of five elimination rounds for Southern Vermont Idol on Saturday, July 9.

The 13th annual premier amateur singing competition runs five weeks — July 9, 16, 23, 30 and Aug. 5 — and will be held at the Moose Lodge, 59 Westminster St.

Contestants ages 20 and older will perform all five weeks, and be joined by youth contestants in weeks three, four and five.

Youth contestants from Vermont are: Cristo Buckley, Jaia Caron, Aaliyah Cox, and Ezra Holloway. From New Hampshire: Scottie Perez, Hannah Sheltra. From Massachusetts: Nobaleigh Laraba.

Teen contestants from Vermont are: London Bremel, Matilda Caldwell, Mackenzie Hall, Madison Jacques, Taylor Patterson, Izzy Serebrov, Leah Silva, and Rachel Spigel. From New Hampshire: Joshua Delaney, Lara Germana, Gabriella Klema, Alexandra Perez, and Bailey Tucker.

Adult contestants from Vermont are: Julie Cermola, Jennifer Cousineau, David Ramos and Gina Richardson. From New Hampshire: Morgan Carter, Rachel Cote, Zoe Ferrin, Daniel Hartigan and Colin Whitcomb.

The top four adults have a chance to win the grand prize of $1,500 and a full-day recording session at Guilford Sound, a professional recording studio. Second prize is $750, third $500 and fourth $250.

The top four youth will win trophies, cash and prizes. All finalists will be invited to perform on stage during Old Home Days festivities on Saturday, Aug. 6.

The Emcee for the event is comedian, singer and entertainer Wade Garrett. Judges for July 9 are Jeanie Levesque of North Walpole, N.H., Samantha Maskell of Bellows Falls and Steve Pro of Keene, N.H. Judges' scores count for 50 percent of contestant total, and audience scores comprise the remaining 50 percent. Purchase tickets online at 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 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, a non-profit 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.

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