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Brooklyn Senior Idol finalists ready for big night

October 26, 2017 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
State Sen. Marty Golden, who is pictured congratulating winner Victoria Keller following the 2015 contest, said he is looking forward to this year’s competition. Photo courtesy of Golden’s office
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Saturday will be a big night for music lovers and those who love singing competitions. Brooklyn Senior Idol, a talent contest inspired by the iconic television show “American Idol,” will take place that night, bringing together 12 finalists who will sign their hearts out in the hopes of impressing a panel of judges.

The 11th Annual Brooklyn Senior Idol contest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Xaverian High School, 7100 Shore Road, at 7 p.m.

The finalists were announced this week.

The 2017 Brooklyn Senior Idol Contestants and the songs they are performing are: 

Ron DiVito — “Come What May” 
Elizabeth Silva — “All or Nothing” 
Lillybeth Hanson — “Try a Little Tenderness” 
Nicholas DeCillis — “That’s Life” 
Gagz Danzo — “Just a Gigilo” 
Cary Weiner — “Don’t Be Cruel” 
Randy Litz — “There Ain’t No Way We Were Anymore” 
Maureen Caljean — “Get Here” 
Lucille Cataldo — “Save The Last Dance For Me” 
Darnley Browne — “When I Do My Best” 
Don Coy — “Elvis Medley/Blue Suede Shoes/Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” 
John Bonomolo — “Unchained Melody” 

State Sen. Marty Golden, the sponsor of Brooklyn Senior Idol, said he can’t wait to see the show.

“Brooklyn is home to many talented seniors who have exhibited singing and dancing abilities at our senior centers and beyond, and I think that this year’s Senior Idol will again be a great success full of wonderful entertainment and fun,” Golden said in a statement. “The previous shows have brought tears and laughter to the audience and I know this year’s show will be no different.”

The contest, which seeks to put a spotlight on the talents of older adults in Brooklyn, is also a fundraiser. Golden said. Proceeds from ticket sales help support the Music Department at Xaverian High School.

Film and television actor Dan Grimaldi and Reparata, of the 1960s girl group Reparata and the Delrons, will serve as celebrity judges at the event. 

The winner will be chosen by the judges and via votes of the audience. The top prize is $500. 

For more information, call Golden’s office at 718-238-6044.


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