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Teaneck Teen Idol contest

One of Teaneck’s most popular events, the Teen Idol contest, is returning after a two-year covid-forced interruption.

Virtual auditions will be held through November 20 for all 13- to 18-year-olds who live or go to school in Teaneck.

The last Teaneck Teen Idol contest was filled with parents, relatives, and friends from schools across Teaneck, and students who live in Teaneck but attend private secular or religious schools outside the township.

“We’ve been asked by many students and parents when the contest will return, and we’re delighted we can hold it this January,” said Jack Aaker, vice president of the Teaneck Community Chorus, a sponsor of Teaneck Teen Idol.

“It all starts with the auditions. This year we’ve doing them virtually,” said Gail Smith, musical director, coach, and co-producer of the event. “A virtual audition gives kids more flexibility in their schedules to audition.”

Students should send a movie of themselves singing one verse and one chorus of a song of their choice, a cappella. Then they should make a second movie singing “Happy Birthday” a cappella. They must label each file clearly with their names and song title, then send them to teaneckteenidol@gmail.com. Songs should be appropriate, with no offensive language, and students may want to dress as they hope to look on stage.

The contest is Saturday, January 14, at 8 p.m., in the Teaneck High School auditorium. If necessary, the performance schedule for finalists will be adjusted for Shabbat. All singers chosen from auditions must be available for rehearsals and will receive music and performance coaching, as well as help with song choice. Judges will critique and select five finalists. The audience votes for the winner. Runnersup receive cash prizes, and the Teaneck Teen Idol receives a cash prize, performance opportunities during the year, and more.

Students also must submit pictures of proof of age, Teaneck residency, or Teaneck school attendance. Get the full rules online at www.teaneckcommunitychorus.org or by calling (201) 836-2934.

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