New Alameda Idol Crowned for 2006

Katherine Anderson, 13, is Alameda’s singing sweetheart


Photos by Eric J. Kos

As spectators gather for the first and youngest age bracket of competition at the Alameda Idol contest, a young lady shows her patriotism and tries out the stage.

Sun Staff Reports

Local singing talent anxiously waits all year practicing their favorite patriotic tunes for the “Alameda Idol” contest, part of “Celebrate America,” Alameda Towne Centre’s annual Fourth of July event.

Over 40 young performers entered the competition, competing in three divisions: youth (age 6-9), junior (10-12) and senior (13-17). All contestants received prizes; the finalists competed for a prize package including live performance bookings plus cash and prizes totaling $250.

Contestants each sang one song, chosen from a selected list of patriotic tunes and were limited to one minute of performing time.

Professional Bay Area performing artists served as the judges for the contest, including Kelly Park of Kelly’s on Park; ACLO’s Denise Shelton; Encinal High School teacher and director for Alameda Children’s Musical Theatre, Gene Kehane; Eric J. Kos, author and one of the owners of the Alameda Sun; and International Opera Tenor, Stephen Guggenheim.

Katherine Anderson, 13, now holds the title of Alameda Idol, capturing the judges’ attention with her rendition of the national anthem. Second place winner Christina Smith, 11, and third place winner, Emily Prislin, 7, also sang, the “Star Spangled Banner” in the competition.


Finalists in the youth division of the Alameda Idol Contest receive recognition from Shannon Guggenheim, (left) mistress of ceremonies.

Far right is Emily Prislin, 7, first place in her age group, third overall.

Rounding out the nine talented youth that competed in the finals were Chris Borglum, 11; Madeleine Delore, 7; Hillary Freeman, 13; Challena Gilbert, 11; Macey Hosick, 9; and Brittany Hunter, 13.

All competitors were Alameda residents.


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