Young Idol field narrowed to seven

A third finalist has been voted off the Modesto Symphony Orchestra's Young Idol competition, leaving seven talented youngsters to compete for another week.

Ashley Gomez of Denair, 13, was voted out of the competition this week. The field had been narrowed from more than 120 children and teens, ages 3 through 17, to 10 finalists. You can vote at

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 the remaining contenders are now available at Readers vote for their favorites online, with one hopeful being eliminated each week.

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

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.