Proviso Idol Winners Crowned

Monday, December 11, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Proviso Idol participants during the Dec. 2 final competition at Proviso West. | Courtesy Proviso Township 

Nine area young people competed for cash prizes in the 8th annual Proviso Idol competition, held Dec. 2 at Proviso West High School School in Hillside. The first-place winners in each of the four divisions won $700 in cash.

The winners were Sean Pugh in division one, which featured performers ages 8 to 10; Katrina Sager, in division two, which featured performers ages 11 to 13; Marina Isabel Moreno won division three for performers ages 14 to 17; and Elise Estelle won division four for performers ages 18 to 21.

“Congratulations to all of our winners and to everyone who participated in the 2017 Proviso Idol,” said Proviso Township Commissioner Mike Corrigan.

“The Proviso Idol is a great example of the community coming together to strengthen our Proviso youth,” he said in a recent statement. “I also want to thank all of the adults who have encouraged these young people and volunteered to make this event possible.”

According to Corrigan, the competition is part of a new initiative called Strengthening Proviso Youth, or SPY, which is designed to give families and young people the skills and tools they need to live successful lives.

Proviso Idol contestants performed during open auditions in September and during semifinal competition in October. Judges scored the contestants and those competitors who notched at least 13 points advanced. According to Regina Riveers, Proviso Township Youth Services director, between 30 and 40 young people registered for open auditions this year.

“Proviso Idol is more than a competition for prizes,” said Rivers in a statement. “It’s an opportunity for our community to come together and support our youth’s participation in positive activities that will help them grow into well rounded adults.”

The runners-up in each division won cash prizes of $150 for third-place and $400 for second-place. According to a statement:

“Third runner up in division one was Jose Pena and Adelaide Neelan was the second runner up. In division two, Kimora Hodge was the second runner up. Ethan Alonzo as the third runner up in division three and Nyia Landing was the second runner up. Elise Estelle was the only finals contestant performing in division four.”

“Pugh took first place performing the Elton John hit ‘I’m still standing.’ In division two, Katrina Sager performed the Foundations classic ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ and accompanied herself on ukulele. Division three winner Moreno performed ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri. Estelle won the fourth division with her original song ‘Don’t Get Too Close’ performed a cappella.

“The Proviso Idol was sponsored by Broadview Park District, Memorial Park District, Triton College, Proviso Township, Veterans Park District, and Maywood Park District,” the statement notes. VFP 

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