After months of preparation and long days of auditions, Teen Star has finally announced the ten finalists and two alternates appearing in this year’s Teen Star Showcase Finale on February 24 at 7 p.m. at The Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St.
Selected from a large pool of candidates, these young singers have a chance to gain invaluable experience during mentoring sessions with this year’s Celebrity Mentor, Kenny Loggins. This year’s earlier audition schedule allows the finalists more time than ever before to work one-on-one with Loggins to prepare for their performances.
“I’m really looking forward to hearing the new young talent in Santa Barbara” he says, “Over the years, I’ve enjoyed helping a few fantastic young artists grow into their promise.”
The Teen Star Showcase continuously dazzles Santa Barbara County with its professional concert experience, complete with a red carpet entrance that makes the young finalists feel like superstars. The judges and live audience voting on the night of the performance determine three finalists and a final winner. That final winner receives a $1,000 scholarship and the prestigious title of Teen Star Santa Barbara.
With an emphasis on instilling professionalism and rewarding hard work, Teen Star is much more than a singing competition. Seminars and workshops on auditioning, as well as constructive feedback for contestants offer a professional platform where teens can flourish and showcase their talents in a healthy, supportive environment.
Teen Star then provides opportunities for the winners to be seen and heard at important civic events throughout the county. Several of its past winners have gone on to perform in professional venues and for large crowds.
Congratulations To the Ten Finalists & Alternates:
Ava Burford, Santa Barbara High School (11th grade)
Benjamin Catch, San Marcos High School (10th grade)
Daniel Geiger, Pioneer Valley High School (12th grade)
McKenna Gemberling, San Marcos High School (9th grade)
Jake Gildred, Santa Ynez High School (9th grade)
Neve Greenwald, Dos Pueblos High School (9th grade)
Holly Hadsall, La Colina Junior High School (7th grade)
Savannah Jayaraman, Homeschool (12th grade)
Elizabeth Padfield, Solvang Middle School (8th grade)
Nicole Trujillo, Dos Pueblos High School (12th grade)
Sofia Schuster, Crane Country Day School (8th grade) – Alternate
Milania Espinoza, Lakeview Junior High School (7th grade) – Alternate
For more information, visit http://www.teenstar.us/.
— Jessica Morelli