COOS BAY — A spinoff of one of Coos County's premiere vocal competition for teens opens June 21 at the Egyptian Theatre. Got Talent Coos County, formerly Bay Area Teen Idol, will showcase the talents of local youth.
Got Talent Coos County is a teen talent showcase that promotes a drug-, alcohol- and tobacco-free lifestyle. It takes place over the summer for Coos County and Reedsport area teens (13-18 years). It was formerly known as Bay Area Teen Idol, which ran 16 seasons through 2017 as a Drug Free Communities event. The program has expanded to showcase talents including singing, dancing, acting, instrument playing and more.
This year’s competitors come from all corners of Coos County with 18 contestants performing in the monthly show to earn the place at the top.
"I have always been impressed with the amount of talent and the 'no fear-all in attitude' that young people have today" said Stephanie Kilmer producer of Got Talent Coos County. "We have witnessed spectacular talent with all the events that K-DOCK Radio is involved in. We are pleased to be able to expand on the success of Teen Idol and really showcase what our youth have to offer."
Contestants will compete weekly for scores that will produce the winner at the September finals. Kilmer believes it will be an exciting show each month for both the competitors and the audience. There also will be an opportunity for each month's audience to weigh in on the "People's Choice" award. For the finals, the top scorers will win their share of $5,000 in prizes, including cash, Southwestern Oregon Community College tuition and merchandise (provided by local and regional merchants).
Because the audience is just as important, Kilmer says the program is pleased to welcome back its corporate partners who allow them to provide the event to the community. Admission is $3, but no one is ever turned away for inability to pay. Admission fees are put back into the program and prizes for the competition.
The opening show will feature 2017 Bay Area Teen Idol Alliah Gonzalez and the all-girl band BuzzKrill.
Show dates are June 21, July 12, Aug. 16 and Sept. 13, at the Egyptian Theatre, 229 S. Broadway, Coos Bay. Shows begin at 6 p.m.
For more information on the program, contact K-DOCK Radio at 541-269-0929.
The 2018 competitors:
Joshua Brown, Singing/Piano, 18 years, NBHS
Daniel Cabrera, Singing, 13 years, Harbor Lights MS (Bandon)
Alyssa Carlan, Singing, 13 years, MHS
Dawnelle Dorsey, Singing, 15 years, HomeSchooled (MP)
Carter Edwards, Recitation/Acting, 16 years, MHS
Caitlin Gill, Singing, 14 years, Myrtle Point HS
Jazmine Ford, Singing, 16 years, Homeschooled
Amariah Goslin, Singing, 13 years, NBHS
Seth Grover, Pianist, 17 years, NBHS
La'Stacia Lovelady, Singing, 13 years, Sunset MS
Danielle McLain, Dancing, 13 years, Harbor Lights MS (Bandon) (DUO)
Kamara Mill, Singing, 15 years, MHS
Aunikea Miller, Dancing, 14 years, Harbor Lights MS (Bandon) (DUO)
Moira O'Bryan, Singer, 14 years, NBHS
Jaydin Solano, Singing, 16 years, NBHS
Gracie Schlager, Singing, 17 years, MHS
Aidan Smith, Singing, 16 years, NBHS
Claire West, Singing, 18 years, NBHS
Makayla Wingert, Hula Hoop, 15 years, NBHS