By Marianna Salz, guest commentator
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Stakes were high for Delco Idol Jr. on Sunday night as Round 4 of the competition opened with the young (ages 7-13) competitors bringing their strongest performances yet.
The first act opened with Danny Briglia in a sharp suit and slicked hair, singing Michael Bublé’s “Feelin’ Good.” This was a huge improvement from the jeans-and-polo shirt look in previous weeks and certainly suited his song choice. Danny’s performance was sweet, and he has certainly grown in his stage presence. This reviewer will be sorry not to see him in the final round.
Two other performers who will be missed by this reviewer are Alexandra Zeh, who sang “Home” from Beauty and the Beast, and Brianna Mazzola, who sang “Get it Right” from Glee. Alexandra, through her lovely voice, really took us to wherever home is. This reviewer will also miss hearing the richness of Brianna’s voice and the definite “coolness” factor of her performances.
There were however, some acts that were hard to follow.
As usual, Paul Mariani III rocked the house with a high-energy performance, this time of “Rock ‘N’ Roll Is Here To Stay” from Grease. The little entertainer got the audience dancing in the aisles as he strutted across the stage and even glissandoing on accompanist Tom Fosnocht’s piano as Fosnocht continued to play.
Another fireball was Paige Mazzola, singing Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For A Hero” from the movie Footloose and sounding great despite having lost yet another tooth. Two performers who gave her competition were Claire O’Neil, who sang Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” and Makenna Mink, who sang “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga.
JD Triolo’s joyful rendition of “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” from Hello, Dolly! was fun to watch as was pig-tailed Teanna Rico’s performance of “Pulled” from The Addams Family.
Choosing an age-appropriate song is especially important when young performers are concerned. Meaghan Rossi’s performance of “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid was a perfect example of this. Meaghan looked sweet in her mermaid-esque dress while she showed off her powerful vocals.
Lauren Grajewski, in a post-round 3 interview with this reviewer, mentioned that she wanted to sing something lively. She definitely achieved her goal as she performed “Cabaret” from the Kander and Ebb musical Cabaret in a purple dress complemented by a matching flower in her hair.
Throughout the competition, this reviewer has enjoyed watching the competitors grow and mature in their performances week after week. It will be exciting to see what they bring to the finale this Sunday and whether that will be enough to make them the next Delco Jr. Idol.