Seventh RichCity Idol competition returns May 29

Paulina Cantoral singing at RichCity Idol. - Seung-Chul Baik photo
Paulina Cantoral singing at RichCity Idol.
— image credit: Seung-Chul Baik photo

Ten young voices will compete for singing supremacy at Gateway Theatre May 29 in the seventh annual RichCity Idol competition at Gateway Theatre.

Based on popular TV talent shows, RichCity Idol will feature one top singer from each public high school in the district—each selected through their school's own singing competition.

Singers will deliver their best performances in front of a panel of judges before audience members cast votes and ultimately decide who will be crowned the RichCity Idol of 2012.

Judges this year: the Beat 94.5 intern and former Idol host Andrew Sosa, XOXO Entertainment Corp. president Adam Hurstfield and up-and-coming pop star Andrew Allen.

Allen, a native of Vernon, is perhaps best known for his 2011 song "Loving You Tonight." He's also expected to perform at the Idol show.

This year's competitors: Monica Teng (Palmer), Geraldine Figueroa (Steveston-London), Sonali da Silva (McNair), Dana Barlaan (Boyd), Jessica Joy (McRoberts), Lexys Bandayrel (MacNeill), Ronny Au (Burnett), Chris Clute (McMath), Sherilyn Fernando (Richmond) and Kris Aquino (Cambie).

RichCity Idol begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29 on Gateway Theatre's MainStage. General admission tickets, $12, available at the Gateway Box Office (604-270-1812) and from contestants.

Proceeds from this year's event will be donated to B.C. Children's Hospital.

Last year's winner was Paulina Cantoral from Matthew McNair Secondary.

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