The 10 finalists will perform at Hammond Hall July 24 before “American Idol” Judge Kara DioGuardi, who has a seasonal residence in the Gouldsboro village of Prospect Harbor.
Some 79 singers ranging in age from 13 to 83 signed up for the first audition, known as a “cattle call,” but several apparently got cold feet and did not appear at Hammond Hall.
The five judges were uniformly surprised at the caliber of talent.
“It was a very high level in general,” said Jamie Hagedorn, director of the Acadia Chorale.
“I was impressed,” said Bonnie Myers of Blue Hill, a singer and actor. “This was all above average.”
“I really didn’t think there would be more than a dozen outstanding people, but it turns out there were a lot more than that,” said jazz pianist Frank Fredenburgh of Steuben.
“There were some real surprises. I have four 10s,” said musician Kip Young of the Gouldsboro village of Corea, referring to the top score.
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