After a three-year break due to covid, the Teaneck Teen Idol competition will return on Saturday, January 13, at 8 p.m., at Teaneck High School. Doors open at 7:30.
“We’re happy to be back!” said Jack Aaker, co-producer of the contest sponsored by the Teaneck Community Chorus. “After the covid shutdown, this will be our 15th contest celebrating the inspiring talent of Teaneck kids.”
“Some teens who auditioned knew our history: we’ve had two Teaneck Teen Idol finalists appear on ‘The Voice,’ Gail Smith, the contest’s artistic director, said. “Others were attracted by the prizes and the chance to perform in front of a warm, supportive audience.”
Nine finalists were selected in early December. As on “American Idol” and “The Voice,” the audience votes for the winner on January 13, after the judges make their comments. The Teaneck Teen Idol and two runners-up win cash prizes, and the Idol also receives valuable free recording time and advice from Hobo Audio, an award-winning recording studio in New York City.
Rick Greene, Teresa-Marie Gotanco, and Jeremy Lentz are the judges. The pianist is Caelan Cardello, a graduate of Teaneck High and William Paterson University, who is now at Juilliard. Anthony Johnson, a long-time New Jersey reporter for ABC TV NY Channel 7 Eyewitness News, is the master of ceremonies.
The finalists represent a range of Teaneck students. Their performance schedule is drawn in random order. If a finalist needs any adjustments for Shabbat, those adjustments are made.
Tickets are available at the door. For information, go to www.teaneck communitychorus.org, Facebook or #teaneckcommunitychorus1