Congratulations to the 2019 Paulding’s Next Star winners!

The Paulding Education Foundation is thankful for all the contestants and the spectacular show they put on!
The winners are:
Emerging Professional 
  • Winner: Aleena Diomande
  • 1st Runner Up: Ellie Hobbs
  • 2nd Runner Up: Colin McEver
Scholastic Preformer
  • Winner: Savasae Lasteter
  • 1st Runner Up: Joy Alfaro
  • 2nd Runner Up: Skyland Lawson
If you missed the amazing performances, you can watch the whole show here!

“Last night was such an amazing experience that I will forever be grateful for. Thank you so much for giving me this incredible opportunity. As an aspiring performer, I’m always trying to improve my skills and get as much feed back as possible.
Thank you again.” -Kalab Quinn.

Paulding’s Next Star is an annual local singing contest that happens each fall brought to you by The Paulding Education Foundation & The Paulding County Fine Arts Department. All proceeds benefit the Paulding County School District. Stage one of the contest allows students and adults, ages 11 and up, to submit a 60-second video entry. Preliminary voting of the videos on social media leads up to a live performance event similar to NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s American Idol. The top contestants (by judges’ choice and social media votes), no matter the age, will move on to the Performance Round, which is the live performance in front a panel of award winning industry judges and a live audience. The 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! Top winners are guaranteed cash and prizes and will have the opportunity to win college scholarships.

Click here for complete listing of Rules and Regulations.

2018 Results

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

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