Gillette Vocalist Places Second in NJ 'Idol' Contest
Watchung Arts Center's annual competition completes month-long talent showcase.
Alice Tuberty-Vaughan of Gillette placed second in the Watchung Arts Center's New Jersey Idol for 2013, Saturday, concluding a four-week competition for vocalists between 15 and 29 that started with a field of 20 semi-finalists.
Tuberty-Vaughn, of the Gillette section of Long Hill Township, was one of three finalists at the event, along with East Hanover's Danielle Bellomo and Freddie Bourne of Union Beach. Bellomo was awarded top prize.
Saturday's finals included judging by audience members, who selected the three finalists after each performed a song. The three finalists then performed again for judges Lisa Coppola, entertainment attorney Lou Takacs, Esq., and songwriter/producer/manager Mark D. Conklin.
After deliberations, Bellomo claimed the top prize ($500 cash awarded by the WAC), with Tuberty-Vaughan winning second prize (a two-hour recording session with S.R.A. Studios, of Scotch Plains) and Freddie Bourne taking home third place (and winning a formal publicity portrait by photographer Nancy Ori, in Berkeley Heights).
Both the Watchung Arts Center and the judges would like to congratulate all the gifted vocalists who participated in the 2013 NJ IDOL as well as the volunteers without whom this event would not be possible.
Volunteers included Alex Canady, WHRHS Photographer, Alex Carr, WHRHS Audio, Kaileigh Gannon, Volunteer, Minna Gannon, WHRHS Photographer, Mike Gorczyca, WHRHS Audio, Bim Semmling, Volunteer, Diane Semmling, Volunteer, Tim Semmling, Volunteer, Gabe Waldman, Watchung Hills Regional High School Video, and Soprano/Vocal Coach Rosemarie Flores, who served as a guest judge at the auditions.
This event is not associated or affiliated with American Idol, its sponsors, producers or participants.