Young Idol Finalists

The time has come to begin voting in the Modesto Symphony Orchestra's Young Idol competition.

The field has been narrowed from more than 120 children and teens, ages 3 through 17, to 10 finalists.

The winner of the talent contest will perform at the symphony's Holiday Pops concert at the Gallo Center for the Arts, in addition to winning a number of prizes. Demo recordings, video clips and short biographies of performers are now available at Readers then vote for their favorites online, with one hopeful being eliminated each week.

The finalists are: Justin Alvaji of Turlock, 17; Kaitlyn Ednave of Modesto, 14; Ashley Gomez of Denair, 13; Freddy Lemmo of Salida, 13; Isaak Olson of Turlock, 17; Colton Pometta of Newman, 16; Emily Shrader of Modesto, 15; Tessa Silva of Sonora, 15; Natalie Tout-Masnica, of Turlock, 10; and Athena Williford of Stockton, 14.

In addition to singing at the symphony's holiday performances at the Gallo Center in December, the winner will receive limo service on the night of the concert, dinner for four at Bacchus restaurant, complimentary concert tickets for family members, a spa package, a $100 gift card to Vintage Faire Mall and the chance to record a CD for free at Celestial Sounds studio in Modesto.

Colton Pometta

Age: 16 Hometown: Newman Grade: 11

Recorded Selections: "Not While I'm Around" and "Corner of the Sky"

Musical Style: Theater

Reasons for wanting to be Young Idol: The experience will be a step in the right direction toward chosen career.

Isaak Olsen

Age: 17 Hometown: Turlock Grade: HS grad

Recorded Selections: "Stars," "Can't Help Falling in Love With You" and "Build Me Up Buttercup"

Musical Style: Opera, theater, crooner, oldies

Reasons for wanting to be Young Idol:

It would be a dream come true.

Tessa Silva

Age: 15 Hometown: Sonora Grade: 10

Recorded Selections: "Over the Rainbow" and "At Last"

Musical Style: Pop, country, contemporary

Reasons for wanting to be Young Idol:

I want to pursue a career in the performing arts. Singing always will be my passion.

Emily Shrader

Age: 15 Hometown: Modesto Grade: 10

Recorded Selections: "Anything Goes," "Oh Holy Night" and "Over The Rainbow"

Musical Style: Broadway

Reasons for wanting to be Young Idol:

I love to sing and perform, so this is an amazing opportunity for me.

Natalie Tout-Masnica

Age: 10 Hometown: Turlock Grade: 5

Recorded Selections: "How You Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm" and "Codfish Ball"

Musical Style: Traditional jazz

Reasons for wanting to be Young Idol: Enjoys every opportunity that she gets to sing, and loves to sing for large groups of people

Athena Williford

Age: 14 Hometown: Stockton Grade: 9

Recorded Selections: "And I Am Telling You" and "If I Ain't Got You"

Musical Style: R&B, contemporary

Reasons for wanting to be Young Idol: Would be a great opportunity; wants to be a professional singer

Kaitlyn Ednave

Age: 14 Hometown: Modesto Grade: 9

Recorded Selections: "When There Was Me and You," "Don't Know Why" and "Beauty and the Breakdown"

Musical Style: Pop, alternative, acoustic

Reasons for wanting to be Young Idol: Loves the feeling of people applauding her