2014-08-07 / Front Page

Beach Idol Heads to Grand Finale

By Jacquelyn Moorehead


Above: 2012 winners Above: 2012 winners With two weeks remaining in the competition, the big question is: Who will be this summer’s Beach Idol?

In the wrap event of the season, Easton’s Beach will feature a bonfire and live music concert to accompany the Beach Idol grand finale on Tuesday, Aug. 19. The summer’s big winner will receive studio time to produce a CD at Stable Sound Studio with Steve Rizzo in Portsmouth.

Every Thursday night since mid- July, Easton’s Beach Snack Bar has hosted the “American Idol”-style event for children up to 15 years old. “Young boys sing country and the girls sing Taylor Swift,” snack bar owner Barry Botelho observed.

The popular eatery has hosted Beach Idol for the past seven years. Botelho originally started the event to draw crowds to the shore in the evening. “The children are really excited to run around the beach at night,” he said.

“It’s good to get the kids out and on stage before they learn to be afraid of it.”

Beach Idol has wide appeal for parents and children alike and has been expanding every year, Botelho said. “It doesn’t matter whether they win or lose, it’s great fun for the family,” he added.

On average, 15 performers show off their stuff each night of competition, and a three-person jury selects the winner and a runner-up. Both take home a Tshirt, and the top finisher is asked to return to compete in the grand finale, which will be held during the concert intermission of a local band, The Elderly Brothers.

Band member and Beach Idol emcee Mark Gorman said that mostly locals join in the fun, but sometimes tourists make it to the event too. One such talent is 14-year-old Aliya Victoriya, who will return to Easton’s Beach to perform during the finale.

After Victoriya’s 2010 win on Beach Idol, she immediately went on a national tour with “Les Miserables.” “She came on stage and just blew everyone away,” Gorman recalled, adding, “We have a lot of great talent and great fun doing this.”

Adrianna Dizon, a three-year Beach Idol volunteer, noted, “It is a wonderful opportunity for children to show their talents.”




This year's contenders: Sarah Cruz (upper left), Christopher Hetzel. Raegan Pawlowski and Natalia Harnett (above) and sisters Laura and Clare Gouch of Middletown. This year's contenders: Sarah Cruz (upper left), Christopher Hetzel. Raegan Pawlowski and Natalia Harnett (above) and sisters Laura and Clare Gouch of Middletown.

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