The journey started with eleven and came down to one. As the summer comes to a close, another Schaumburg Idol has been crowned.
Schaumburg Idol, Schaumburg Park District’s annual summer search for the next singing superstar, reached its final round last week with performances from Kaitlyn DiSalvo, 14, and Amy Rodriguez, 14. At the sixth season’s results show, DiSalvo brought home the title of Schaumburg Idol.
Despite stunning performances since the first round, only one was able to sing the last note and take home the title. The judges saw tremendous growth and improvement from both contestants. The winner was determined by a combination of the judges’ votes and online voting at parkfun.com.
Singing since she could talk, DiSalvo has a passion for performing. That passion has helped her grow and transform into the singer she is today. She is an active member of her school and church choirs. DiSalvo was a previous Idol contestant in the 2013 season, but having only made it through one round did not discourage her – it made her hungry for the title. She auditioned and made it on the show for a second time, this time taking it all the way.
“The judges feedback was a little harsh at times but very helpful in the end,” said DiSalvo. “This was definitely the highlight of my summer.”
DiSalvo competed against Rodriguez for the title of 2014 Schaumburg Idol.
Rodriguez has been in nine theater productions with the Schaumburg Park District’s Putting on Productions. She plays the bass in the school orchestra and has taken piano lessons since she was 7. Rodriguez’s future goals include becoming the lead in a musical and being a part of a competition like this helps tremendously.
“When I set a goal I will do everything in my power to achieve that goal,” said Rodriguez. “I want to show everyone what I can do by demonstrating my determination as well as my skills throughout the competition.”
This year’s contestants included Donna Chung, Alexxis Coleman, Carly Kramer, Nikitha Lakshminaraynan, John Peterson, Nathan Pusch, Emma Robie, Rebecca Schumaker and Katrina Smith.