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One Point Separated Z102 Persimmon Idol Contestants, Troy King And Kylee Santiago Claim Titles
Updated September 26, 2016 8:53 AM
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Youth division winner Kylee Santiago, Z102's Jeremy Newbold and adult winner Troy King

(MITCHELL) - There was only 1 point separating Z102 Persimmon Idol winner and second place in both divisions.

After overcoming a CD hiccup at the start of his Jon Bon Jovi song "Who Says You Can't Go Home", Troy King was able to outscore Amanda Bockting of Mitchell by one point. Amanda gave an amazing performance singing "Once and for All" by Lauren Diagel.

There certainly is a future for all the Youth Division Idol contestants.

All scores were very close to include the one point spread between La Grange, Kentucky finalist, Faith Dees. Faith gave an amazing performance of Kelly Clarksons "Piece by Piece".

While giving feedback to Faith after her performance, Judge Dawn Keller stated, "you made me cry" and Judge Carmen Cavezza stated, "I don't really know if I can contribute any advice, keep up the great work."

The last performing Youth Division finalist, Kylee Santiago, blew the audience away with her performance of "Foot Prints in the Sand" by Leona Lewis. Santiago went on to claim the youth division title.

Judge Keller added, "you gave me goose bumps" and Judge Cavezza stated that the most important part in performing, to her, was to be able to emotionally connect with audience at such a young age.

Click here to watch the announcement of the winners recorded live during the contest.

Youth Division Preliminary Round Finalists:

  • Jaida Blais of Campbellsburg
  • Faith Dees of La Grange, KY
  • Abigail Kuester and Gabrielle Maldonoldo of Bedford
  • Kylee Santiago of Bedford*

Adult Division Preliminary Round Finalists:

  • Amanda Bockting of Mitchell
  • Chris Bockting of Mitchell
  • Brittany Hughett of Mitchell
  • Troy King of Bedford*

Judges for the competition were Dawn Keller and Carmen Cavezza.

The Z102 Persimmon Idol winner from each division (youth and adult) won the following GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE:

  • Persimmon Idol trophy
  • Z102 tee
  • $100 cash prize
  • Guest appearances on Homespun Edge which airs on Fridays at 5 p.m. on Z102 102.5 WPHZ.


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