CRGT top eleven contestants (front left to right): Courtney Biondo, Sharon MacPherson, JT Maple, Victoria Minucci, Danielle Gaudin, Katrina Marie, James Dowen, Collete McComb, Benjamin Uytiepo, Danielle Mozeleski and Eric Margan.
At the beginning of last week’s round of the Capital Region’s Got Talent singing competition there were 20 contestants, and at the end of the night, only 10 of them were scheduled to remain in the competition. But -surprise – 11 semi-finalists were still standing, thanks to audience voting, which selected Collette McComb as the wild card entry.
The ten semi-finalists are: Courtney Biondo, Katrina Marie Burg, James Dowen, Danielle Goudin, Sharon MacPherson, J.T. Maple, Eric Margan, Victoria Minucci, Danielle Mozeleski and Benjamin Uytiepo.
All 11 remaining contestants will perform on Thursday, October 8 at Revolution Hall in Troy. The theme for Thursday’s competition is the Bealtes, and each semi-finalist will perform two songs from the catalog of the Fab Four.
At the conclusion of Thursday’s competition, the judges will select five finalists, and the audience will once again select a wild card entry to move onto the final night of Capital’s Region’s Got Talent at Revolution Hall on Friday, October 16.
OK, we’ll admit it. We don’t really know what to expect here, but Revolution Hall and Time Warner Cable have concocted this competition, and we’re definitely curious to see what happens.
The name – Capital Region’s Got Talent – is something of a misnomer, though. It’s a singing contest, not a talent contest, so you won’t be seeing any of those ventriloquists or fire jugglers or dance troupes or whatever that seem to poulate “America’s Got Talent.”
No, Capital Region’s Got Talent is more of an “American Idol” thingie. During the audition phase of the competition, contestants get two minutes to belt it out – a cappella, with their own instrumentation, with the in-house pianist or with a pre-recorded track.
We have no idea who’s signing up to have a go at the top prize of $5,000. When we checked YouTube over the weekend, there was only one video. But it was Eric Margan (of our fave chamber pop ensemble Eric Margan & the Red Lions) singing the Beatles’ “For No One.” Now that’s a damn good start.
The first round of auditions for Capital Region’s Got Talent takes place at 7pm Thursday, September 10, followed by another on Thursday, September 17. At Revolution Hall, of course. And, yes, admission is free.
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