Brooklynites vie to become the borough’s next Senior Idol

Dozens of people filed into the Xaverian High School auditorium on Monday, September 8 for the auditions for this year’s Senior Idol competition.

From 4 to 6:30 p.m., 32 contestants age 50 and older performed for an audience of nearly 70 people, with three dance ensembles as interludes.

Contestants sang songs from a variety of musical genres, including several from the Jackson Five, Frank Sinatra, Rascal Flats and some featured in The King and I.

Singers were judged by a panel of four, including John Quaglione, a representative from the office of State Senator Marty Golden, the sponsor of the event; David Vann, the master of ceremonies for the main event on October 25;, Joe Loposky, the director of Xaverian’s music program; and Karen Chalif, the assistant director of Xaverian’s music program.

The Senior Idol contest was started nine years ago by AARP Chapter #5055, and since then it has “pretty much become an institution in the Bay Ridge area,” said Loposky.

Twelve finalists will be selected and one will win the grand prize of $500 at the main event on Saturday, October 25. There will also be a raffle for tickets to the show Jersey Boys; Bobby Valli, Frankie Valli’s brother, will be the evening’s celebrity guest. All money raised will be donated to the Xaverian High School Music Program.

Some contestants accompanied themselves on guitar.
Some contestants accompanied themselves on guitar.

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