The final 12 are up
Northern News Services
In the third week of the competition, Angela Melvin, Amelie Duval, Kerrissa McLean and Lisa Do advanced to the final round. They face eight other local singers aged 10 to 17, all vying to be named the North of 60 Junior Idol. The four were chosen after a night of tough competition, as eight contestants matched up in front of a panel of local judges and a packed crowd of their parents and peers.
Angela Melvin was a stand-out performer, wowing the judges with a note-perfect rendition of Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me."
The other finalists did not fail to impress, however, as Amelie Duval's difficult song choices, Kerrissa McLean's confidence and Lisa Do's combination of singing and dancing earned favourable remarks from the judges.
Jessie Tremblay was the only male in the night's competition. He made a strong showing, despite not advancing to the finals.
"Even if you don't make it to the next round, you had a whole room of girls screaming for you," said Glenn Butt, the night's master of ceremonies.
Unlike televised versions of the competition, the judges put their money where their mouths were. Judges Pete Ardley, Mike Guenther and Morris Bishop opened up each round by performing a song. Ardley said they had all competed in the adult version of North of 60 Idol.
"It's harder to be a judge than a contestant," Ardley said with a laugh. "You've got parents in the parking lot to deal with afterwards."
Despite the jokes, the judges were always quick to focus on the positive, giving contestants constructive advice on how to improve their skills for next year.
Saturday's 12 finalists will compete for more than $5,000 in prizes on Saturday night.
These include a cut and polished diamond worth $1,000 and a $500 scholarship from the Royal Canadian Legion.
So head in to the Legion at 7 p.m. Saturday night (if you can find a ticket) to see who will be this year's North of 60 Junior Idol.