Paulding‘s Next Star is a local singing contest that happens each year in the fall and is brought to you by The Paulding Education Foundation & The Paulding County Fine Arts Department. All proceeds benefit the Paulding County School District. Tier One of the contest allows students and adults, ages 11 and up to submit a 60 second video entry. Preliminary voting of videos leading up to a live performance event similar to NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s American Idol. The top contestants (picked by social media votes and judges choice), no matter the age, will move on to the Performance Round, which is the live performance in front a panel of award winning industry expert judges and a live audience. The same panel of judges will narrow the live performances down to the top three, then the audience will have the opportunity to help select Paulding’s Next Star from their seats! Top winners are guaranteed cash and prizes and will have the opportunity to winner college scholarships.
Congratulations to all the contestants in the 2nd Annual Paulding’s Next Star competition.
We had some great auditions submitted this year and these judges had a hard decision to make. We thank everyone that submitted auditions, and we hope everyone auditions again next year.
After over 37,000 views, thousands of votes, and an action-packed night of performances, here are the results of the 2nd Annual Paulding’s Next Star competition.
In the Emerging Professionals, Collin McEver, Amy Cowart, Sasha Hurtado, Ellie Hobbs, Melissa Callendar, and Khalil Jackson competed.
- Winner – Sasha Hurtado
- 1st Runner-Up – Collin McEver
- 2nd Runner-Up – Khalil Jackson
In the Scholastic Performers, Tanya Atlidor, Gabriella Driese, Zephaniah Wages, Caelan Wilson, Emily Noah, and Avanni Sykes competed.
- Winner – Zephaniah Wages
- 1st Runner-Up – Avanni Sykes
- 2nd Runner-Up – Emily Noah