CENTREVILLE — The competition was tight this year — harder to judge than ever, said one judge — for the Centreville Idol contest held on Saturday, Oct. 22, during the annual Centreville Day. Eight contestants, in three age categories, competed for the judges and a large audience, in front of the courthouse on Saturday.
For the 9 and under division, Sophia Sforno, age 8 from Centreville performed “I’ve Got an Autumness Feeling.”
In the 10 to 13 category, Antonia Gonzalez, sang “Part of that World” a capella and Julia Buchanan performed “A Thousand Years.” Both girls, age 12, are from Centreville.
Maya McGrory, 14, from Centreville, sang, “I Will Always Love You,” and Grace McCreary, 15, from Centreville, sang “Fairytale.” Both competed in the 14 to 17 category.
The adults, all from Centreville, included Bruce Dean, performing “It’s Only Make Believe,” Mandi Lundstrom and her rendition of “Me and Bobby McGee” and Duan Wright with “I Want to Dance with Somebody.”
Before the judges made their final announcement, they told the contestants it had been very hard to judge, and for the first time in Centreville Idol history there was a tie.
Sofia, Antonia and Grace each took first place in the juvenile divisions. Dean and Wright tied for first place in the adult category.
The event was coordinated again this year by teacher Natasha Wright from Centreville Middle School. She was joined in judging by Amber Wright, dance teacher at Kent Island High School, and Naryah Miles from Wrap Around Mar yland.
Natasha Wright thanked the contestants.
“It was a struggle to get this put together this year,” she said, “but I think it has been the best [contest] yet. Thank you all for participating.”
Centreville Idol winners from left, Duan Wright, Bruce Dean, Antonia Gonzalez, Sophia Sforno and Grace McCreary.
Bruce Dean wins the judges’ hearts and a tie for first place with his country crooning.
Centreville Idol contestant Antonia Gonzalez impresses the judges with her a capella performance from the “Little Mermaid” soundtrack.
Maya McGrory, 14, from Centreville, performs in the Centreville Idol contest, Saturday, Oct. 22.
Julia Buchanan sings her version of “A Thousand Years” by Christiana Perri.
Grace McCreary of Centreville performs for the judges and audience at the Centreville Idol contest.
Mandi Lundstrom belts out the lyrics to “Me and Bobby McGee” for the Centreville Idol contest.
Duan Wright pleases the crowd with her rendition of “I Want to Dance with Somebody.”
Sophia Sforno is Centreville Idol 2016’s youngest contestant.