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Dublin Announces Winners of 'Dublin Idol'

The 'Dublin Idol' competition took place at the Dublin Farmer's Market on May 29.

The City of Dublin has announced the winners of its second annual “Dublin Idol” competition.  

5th to 8th Grade Winner: Ashley Rose 9th to 12th Grade Winner: Gwynn Cristobal  The winners were crowned at the Dublin Farmers’ Market event on Thursday, May 29, at Emerald Glen Park. 

Hosted by KKIQ Radio’s Faith Alpher, the competition began with a Preliminary Round, involving 33 singers, on May 15. The competition was broken down into two age group categories – 5th through 8th grade students, and 9th through 12th graders.

In the first round, singers were allowed to sing a song of their choice, a cappella, for one minute. Eleven singers from each category then moved on to the Final Round.  In the final round of competition on May 29, the singers sang a complete version of their chosen song, with musical accompaniment.

The judges for the final round, Dublin councilmembers Kevin Hart and David Haubert, Youth Advisory Commission member Angie Wang, and KKIQ employee Ashley LaBarbera, judged the singers on voice quality and control, and overall stage presence.  

Ashley Rose sang “There are Worse Things I Could Do,” from the musical Grease. She is an 8th grader at Wells Middle School in Dublin. Gwynn Cristobal performed “Ordinary People” by John Legend. Cristobal is a sophomore at Dublin High School.  

KKIQ Radio awarded cash prizes to the top three finishers in each category. The first place winners each received a trophy and a $300 check from KKIQ Radio. The second place winners, Hannah Bumanlag (7th grader at Fallon Middle School) and Kendra Clingerman (12th grader at Dublin High School), each received $200; and the third place winners, Kaitlynn Miguel (a 6th grader at Fallon Middle School) and Brooke Brunckhorst (a 12th grader at Dublin High), received $100 each.  The “Dublin Idol” winners will be recognized at an upcoming City Council meeting.

—Information provided by City of Dublin


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