Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Applications for annual singing competition being accepted now
Do you have the pipes to be the next Freehold Idol? The Downtown Freehold organization is accepting applications for the 2013 Freehold Idol auditions, to begin June 5. Singers 10 years old and up can show off their talent in the annual singing contest. Each week, singers will be judged and the best performers move to a final round. The top three vocalists receive prizes. The performances are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, in front of the Hall of Records. Performances will continue each week through Wednesday, Aug. 7. The finales will be held Wednesday, Aug. 14 and Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Applications are available on DowntownFreehold.com.
Calling all singers! Freehold Idol is now taking applications for their 2013 season. The local singing competition based off of the popular Fox television show is getting ready to come back to Freehold. Downtown Freehold is accepting applications for singers who think they have what it takes to become the next Freehold Idol. Singers must be 10-years-old or older. Auditions are scheduled between June 5 and Aug 7 at 7: 30 p.m. in front of the Hall of Records. The finales for the 2013 Freehold Idol will be on Aug. 21 for singers between the ages 10 and 15 and on Aug. 14 for singers in the 16 through 22 age group and 23-plus age group. Applications can be found on DowntownFreehold.com. Additional information on the competition is available on …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
A Freehold Idol was named Wednesday night for the 16 to 22 age group and the 23 and older age group.
Music lovers braved the stormy weather Wednesday night and made their way to the American Hotel to find out who would be named the 2012 Freehold Idol. Over a 10 week span, many contestants showed three judges what they were made of with their own renditions of classic and popular songs, just like the hit Fox television show, American Idol. Wednesday was the finale for two age groups; the 16 to 22-year-old group which had 11 participants and the 23 and older group, which had seven singers going for the title of 2012 Freehold Idol. In the end there could only be one Freehold Idol for each age group. The title for the 16 to 22 age group went to Shannon Rakow, 20, of Jackson. She performed “Gimme Gimme” from the Broadway play Thoroughly …
Monday, July 16, 2012
A list of events going on in Freehold this week.
The Freehold Borough Board of Education will meet on Monday, July 16 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Freehold Learning Center. The meeting's agenda can be seen by clicking here. The Freehold Borough Council will meet tonight for a workshop/regular meeting on Monday, July 16. The meeting will be held at the Freehold Borough Offices and will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Freehold Township Historical Preservation Committee will meet on Monday, July 16 at 7 p.m. in the Freehold Township Offices. On Tuesday, July 17 the Freehold Borough Recreation Commission will meet. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Freehold Borough Offices. The Freehold Borough Shade Tree Commission will meet on Thursday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The sixth annual event will feature talented singers from around the region competing in downtown Freehold.
Get ready to be blown away by the regions best singers, because Freehold Idol is back. Downtown Freehold in association with The Breeze 107.1 fm 99.7 will host the sixth annual Freehold Idol starting on Wednesday, June 6th at 7:30 p.m. The contest is held every Wednesday thereafter through August 8th, followed by two finale weeks. The free event is held at the Hall of Records in Freehold. Contestants will please audiences by featuring the region's talented vocalists in many popular styles including chanteuses, rockers, folk singers, and R&B belters. Freehold Idol is open to all singers ages 10 and up. The contestants will compete in three age groups: 10 to 15, 16 to 22, and 23 and older. The awards for each group’s top singers are a first…
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Emily Bennett and Andrew Malabunga won the 10- to 14-year-old age group.
The 2011 Freehold Idol finale for the 10- to 14-year-old age group produced the first tie in the local singing competition’s four-year history. Judges Neal Girandola, Brenda K. Starr and Joe Orlando heard 14 winners from earlier rounds of the competition perform Wednesday, Aug. 24 in front of the Hall of Records building in Freehold. When the judges’ votes were tallied, Emily Bennett, 12, of Howell, and Andrew Malabunga, 12, of Robbinsville, came out on top. Bennett sang “I Dreamed a Dream,” and Malabunga performed "Faithfully." Brooke Salamone, 11, of Freehold, came in third place with her rendition of “The Story of Us.” Other performances of the evening included: Bennett and Malabunga walked away with $500 and recording time at the …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Singers in the 10- to 14-year-old age group will compete in the finale.
The last Freehold Idol of the summer 2011 season will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in front of the Hall of Records building. Performers who made it past earlier rounds of the local amateur singing competition will perform in the second night of the two-part finale. Last week, performers in the 15- to 22-year-old age bracket and the over 23 years category competed in the first night of the finale. This week, singers in the 10- to 14-year-old age group who won their respective rounds of Freehold Idol will vie for first place in the overall competition. The children performing include: The first place winner will receive $500 and recording time at the Monmouth Academy of Musical Arts; the second place winner will receive $250; and …
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Nicole Epps and Samantha Mancino took first place in this year's competition.
Freehold Idol judges selected winners in front of the Hall of Records building in Downtown Freehold Wednesday in the first of the local singing contest’s two-part finale. Judges Neal Girandola, president of the Freehold Borough Arts Council; Joe Orlando, founder of Monmouth Academy of Musical Arts; and area rock musician Jo Wymer, who recently released her first album “Living With Scars,” had to choose first second and third place winners in two age categories. The singers in the competition won in their respective age groups in previous rounds to advance to the finals. The 23 years old and above age group featured eight performances, but ultimately only one crooner could be crowned “Freehold Idol.” Nicole Epps, 27, of Ocean Township, won …
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Emily Bennett, CJ Marsini, Erin Patrick and Lauren Rosenthal advance to finals.
Judges Neal Girandola, Joe Orlando and Jo Wymer had to choose the top performances from among 17 contestants during Freehold Idol on Wednesday. The latest round of the local singing competition took place in front of the Hall of Records building in Downtown Freehold and produced four winners. There was a two-way tie in the 15- to 22- age group: CJ Marsini, 16, of Middletown, won with his performance of "Feeling Good," and Lauren Rosenthal, 22, of Edison, advanced for her rendition of "Ready for Love." Emily Bennett, 13, of Howell, won in the 10- to 14-year-old category with her performance of "Hurt." Erin Patrick, 26, of Holmdel, won in the over 23 category with her rendition of "Respect." Other contestants included: The winners from this …
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Ties in two age categories pushed six singers ahead in the competition.
Judges Neal Girandola, Joe Orlando and Jo Wymer had to choose the best performances from among 15 contestants during Wednesday’s Freehold Idol, which was moved from its usual location outside the Hall of Records building to the American Hotel because of heavy rain. The latest round of the local singing competition produced six winners instead of the usual three. There was a three-way tie in the 15- to 22- age group: Greg Gorenc, 19, of Manalapan, won for his performance of "Hallelujah"; Jenna Scannelli, 15, also of Manalapan, advanced with "Don't Rain on My Parade"; and Barbara Torres, 17, of Highlands, wowed judges with her rendition of "Nemo." The 10- to 14- age group also featured a tie, with Julianna Lorenzetti, 14, of Marlboro, …