About the Show

clientuploads/fund development/South Bay Teen Idol/final logo[1].jpgSouth Bay Teen Idol is an American-Idol-style singing competition for teens in grades 8-12. First prize is $2,500 to the winner and a $500 donation to the winners school. Second and third place winners also receive prizes.

On this page, you'll find information about judgessemi-finalistsfinalists, winners, and past winners

For more information, contact Diana Schnabel-Arevalo, the JCC's Director of Hospitality and Special Projects, at diana@apjcc.org or 408.357.7402.

Congratulations to our 2016 Winners!
1st Place - Emma Gerson
2nd Place - Devon Schreiner
3rd Place - Caity Redfern

Our finalists were: 

Ashley Hall Homestead High School
  Ayushi Prusty Irvington High School
Caity Redfern Archbishop Mitty High School
Devon Schreiner Los Gatos High School
Emma Gerson Los Gatos High School
Kristen Champlin Morningstar Academy (home school)
Monica Evans Valley Christian Middle School
Sabrina Kazemipour Pinewood School
Samantha Gundotra Fisher Middle School
Zeno Norris Soquel High School

Semi-Finalists 2016

The semi-finals were held on February 13th. All 20 semi-finalists gave excellent performances. Congratulations to all!

  • Alexia Ledesma, Castillero Middle School
  • Ashley Hall, Homestead High School
  • Ayushi Prusti, Irvington High School
  • Caity Redfern, Mitty High School
  • Devon Schreiner, Los Gatos High School
  • Emma Gerson, Los Gatos High School
  • Esmi Pistelak, Pinewood School
  • Kristen Champlin, Morningstar Academy (homeschool)
  • Meghan Perna, Los Altos High School
  • Michael Padilla, Evergreen High School
  • Monica Evans, Valley Christian Middle School
  • Nicole Baranchuk, Westmont High School
  • Rithi Meka, Leland High School
  • Sabrina Kazemipour, Pinewood School
  • Samantha Gundotra, Fisher Middle School
  • Sheetal Rao, Monta Vista High School
  • Shreya Sanjeevaiah, Silver Creek High School
  • Summer Blu Lambert, Los Gatos High School
  • Varsha Horantur, Redwood Middle School
  • Zeno Norris, Soquel High School

Judges 2016

Marla Davies

clientuploads/fund development/South Bay Teen Idol/Marla Davies_Photo cropped.jpgMarla Davies is a morning DJ at Bay Area radio station Mix 106.5. She has been on the morning show at Mix 106.5 for the past 15 years. Before that she spent many years as a rock radio DJ at KOME, KXFX-FM in Santa Rosa and KOFY-AM/FM/TV in San Francisco. Marla hosts many local charity events and is a strong supporter of the San Jose Film Festival – Cinequest. 


Robert Hayes

clientuploads/fund development/South Bay Teen Idol/Robert Hayes_Photo.jpgRobert Hayes is the founder, chairman and C.E.O. of Sound Management Inc. He is best known for managing the multi-platinum Grammy nominated band Smash Mouth among other recording artists. Sound Management Inc. is a talent management and full service film and television production company.  Hayes has also made his mark as one of the premier music licensing gurus in the industry, landing opening titles and tie ins for movies such as "Shrek" and many more. In addition to Hayes' work with Smash Mouth, Sound Management also has boasted a roster of other talented independent and major label recording artists. Currently Sound Management is focusing on recording artist and actress Keke Palmer (True Jackson VP, Akeelah and the Bee, The Joyful Noise), Colette Carr (Interscope/ Cherrytree Records), and continues to promote Smash Mouth with their latest record "Magic" (429/Universal Records).

Jeff Pope

Jeff Pope is a morning DJ at Bay Area radio station Mix 106.5. Jeff is Marla's partner on the Mix 106.5 POPE & MARLA MORNING SHOW, and we are proud to have him judging for the first time at South Bay Teen Idol. Before moving to San Jose, he was born and raised in Southern California, where he was a morning show DJ for a Top 40 station in Riverside. He's also done Sports Radio and Traffic Reporting. He's sung both the Canadian and American National Anthems at sold out hockey arenas and most recently for the San Jose Earthquakes. He, his wife and two dogs LOVE living here in the South Bay!


Tory Ross

Tory Ross was our fourth judge, for the South Bay Teen Idol Finals. She spent ten years in New York City where she was in the original Broadway companies of the Tony and Grammy Award winning musical Kinky Boots as well as Cry-Baby and 9 to 5. She has been seen in the Broadway National Tours of Wicked, The Producers and White Christmas and has also performed at Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry and on London’s West End.  On film, you may see and/or hear her in The Producers, Sex and the City 2 and Disney’s blockbuster Frozen.  She is also a recent Theatre Bay Area award winner for her work as Saunders in Fallen Angels at TheatreWorks.

Guest Performer for the Finals

Our 2016 guest performer at the 2016 Finals was Lucas Gordon. A little over half a year ago, Lucas Gordon got in a car and drove from the East Coast to the West in pursuit of his passion. He began performing his music live around the San Francisco Bay Area and quickly gained notoriety for his down-to-earth disposition, dexterity on guitar, and his catchy and insightful songs. With roots in blues and influences like Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, James Taylor, etc., he ultimately wants his lyrics to connect with those that, like himself, are constantly wondering if they’re doing this whole thing right.



Past Winners

2015 Winners

1st place - Julia Rogers

2nd place - Kiana Naderi

3rd place - Sanjana Sanghani

2014 Winners

1st Place - Danika Lam, Pioneer High School

2nd Place - Michael Mulea, Sylvandale Junior High School

3rd Place - Alice Tsvinev, Monta Vista High School

2013 Winners

1st Place - Brandon Farmer, Accelerated Christian Academy

2nd Place - Katie Brown, Los Gatos High School

3rd Place - Kayla Kane, Presentation High School

South Bay Teen Idol Winners 2013

2012 Winners

1st place - Casey Rico

2nd place - Sanjana Shukla

3rd place - Dana Cullinane

More Information

South Bay Teen Idol is produced by the JCC. It is open to teenage vocalists ages 13 or older in grades 8-12 in Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, San Mateo County, and Alameda County. The auditions take place in January. Based on the auditions, judges select twenty singers to advance to the Semi-Finals competition in February. The twenty singers spend several weeks working with the event's producers to prepare for the high-energy Semi-Finals show, held in the JCC's theater auditorium.

At the Semi-Finals, the judges select ten singers to advance to the Finals competition in April. After several more weeks of preparation, the Finals performance is held before a panel of judges and an audience of more than 350 in the JCC auditorium. The judges select the top three finalists, and the audience votes for their favorite of the three, who becomes that year's South Bay Teen Idol.

Auditions for South Bay Teen Idol 2016 will be held Sunday, January 10th and the semi-finals will be Saturday evening, February 13th. The Final will be Saturday evening, April 2nd.

For more information, contact Diana Schnabel-Arevalo, the JCC's Director of Hospitality and Special Projects, at diana@apjcc.org or 408.347.7402.

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