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Schaumburg Idol 2017 Contestants

Eleven contestants are vying for the honor of becoming the next Schaumburg Idol. Read more about the contestants below.

Alex Duckett

Alex Duckett is a 7th grader at St. Patrick Catholic School. She takes vocal lessons and sings in Rockestra Band at school. She also plays elite level basketball. Her favorite music style is pop. Her goals are to attend college and become a teacher.




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Bella Taylor

Bella Taylor is an 8th grader at Jane Addams Junior High School. She plays the cello
in orchestra, sings in choir and has been in two school talent shows. She is in Peer
Jury and dances in Poms. Her favorite music styles are pop and modern music. Her
 goal is to be either a lawyer or professional singer.

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Grace Cornelius

Grace Cornelius has taken voice lessons, performed in musicals and is a member of her church’s choir. At her high school, she took choir her freshman year and is member of a female a cappella group. She has been interested in theater since she was 5, and loves attending performances. She also enjoys drawing, reading and writing. Her favorite music style is musical theater. Her goal is to perform on Broadway or earn a degree in teaching the arts.


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Katrina Smith

Katrina Smith is a returning Schaumburg Idol contestant. She has taken voices lessons, has been in musical theatre since 4th grade and is in her school’s choir. She also likes learning vocabulary and crafting. She enjoys all music styles, but especially enjoys show tunes and The Beatles. Her goal is to become a lawyer specializing in family law, but hopes to keep music and singing in her life.

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Madeline Hutchinson

Madeline Hutchinson is a 7th grader at St. Hubert School. She has had more than two years of vocal lessons and more than 6 years of experience in musical theater. She also plays basketball, is a self-described bookworm and loves to cook and bake. Her favorite music style is Broadway, but she also enjoys pop. Her goals are to go to culinary school, get a college degree and open up a bakery or to continue singing perhaps professionally on Broadway.

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Madison Gradowski

Madison Gradowski is an 8th grader at Robert Frost Junior High School. She has performed in musical theater since she was seven, took three years of voice lesson and is in multiple choirs. She also plays softball and basketball and is in accelerated classes in school. Her favorite music styles are pop, country and show tunes. Her goals are to take her music and sports to the next level, and to excel in school. 

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Noah Phelan

Noah Phelan is a sophomore at Harper College. He loves music and theater, has been in choir for three years and took two years of vocal. He loves music and theater. He also has a passion for sports, especially baseball. He likes all music styles except electronic and jazz. His goals are to work in the front office of a pro sports team or be a sports agent.

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Nyla Kane

Nyla Kane is a 6th grader at Neil Armstrong School. She loves to sing, act, play volleyball and spend time outdoors. She enjoys entertaining and bringing smiles to people’s faces. She has performed in plays, dance recitals and choir. Her favorite music style is pop and enjoys music by Adele, Alicia Keyes and One Republic. She always wants to be involved in the performing arts whether singing, dancing or acting.

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Paige Lovell

Paige Lovell is a sophomore at Schaumburg High School who says she could sing before she could talk. She has taken two years of vocal lessons, seven years of choir and nine years of musical theater. She also tap dances and loves musical theater. Her favorite music style is musical theater. Her goal is to direct her own musical shows.

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Sara Bendel

Sara Bendel is an 8th grader at Eisenhower Junior High School. She is a member of her school orchestra, has taken vocal lessons and has tried out for America’s Got Talent. She reads music and plays the violin, guitar, keyboard and ukulele. Her favorite music style is pop. Her goals are to be a music teacher and perform in musical theater.

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Zahadita Kudrna

Zahadita Kudrna is a mom and a returning Schaumburg Idol contestant. Since competing last year, she has worked to find out who she is and worked with a vocal coach to find her voice and style. Her favorite music styles are power ballads, R&B and pop. Her goals are to record a demo and find opportunities to sing at different venues.

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