About the Show
South 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 judges, semi-finalists, finalists, winners, and past winners. For more information, contact Diana Schnabel, the JCC's Director of Hospitality and Special Projects, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.357.7402.
Congratulations to our 2016 Semi-Finalists!
The semi-finals will be held Saturday, February 13th, at 7:00pm. Tickets to the semi-finals are $20 adults, $10 students, children younger than 5 free if they sit on a parent's lap. Bring a canned food item to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank and save 50% off your ticket price.
Click here to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door, if there are any left!
Our semi-finalists are:
|Alexia||Ledesma||Castillero Middle School|
|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)|
|Meghan||Perna||Los Altos High School|
|Michael||Padilla||Evergreen High School|
|Monica||Evans||Valley Christian Middle School|
|Nicole||Baranchuk||Westmont High School|
|Rithika||Meka||Leland High 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|
Marla 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 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 - Special Guest Judge for the Semi-Finals
Jeff Pope is a morning DJ at Bay Area radio station Mix 106.5. He is joining us just for the Semi-Finals! 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!
We will be announcing our 3rd judge for the Finals show very soon. Watch this space...
1st place - Julia Rogers
2nd place - Kiana Naderi
3rd place - Sanjana Sanghani
1st Place - Danika Lam, Pioneer High School
2nd Place - Michael Mulea, Sylvandale Junior High School
3rd Place - Alice Tsvinev, Monta Vista High School
1st Place - Brandon Farmer, Accelerated Christian Academy
2nd Place - Katie Brown, Los Gatos High School
3rd Place - Kayla Kane, Presentation High School
1st place - Casey Rico
2nd place - Sanjana Shukla
3rd place - Dana Cullinane
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, the JCC's Director of Hospitality and Special Projects, at email@example.com or 408.347.7402.