“SIX FINALISTS NAMED IN RO4UNO TALENT SEARCH”

January 14, 2008

SIX FINALISTS NAMED IN RO4UNO
TALENT SEARCH

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Six young solo performers from around the state are one step closer to winning Reindeer Records’ new talent competition, RO4UNO.

A total of 21 competitors took to the stage in two Sunday afternoon showcases on January 6 and 13, at McAuley Performing Arts Center in Portland.  They were each evaluated in several categories, and the five artists with the highest overall scores were: Casey Benner from Greely HS in Cumberland; Alyra Donisvitch, homeschooled; Kristyn Murphy from John Bapst Memorial HS in Bangor; Kirsten Russell, also from Greely HS; and Michael Weber from Edward Little HS in Auburn.

A sixth contestant, Hannah Rodrigue from Lewiston HS, was “saved” as the MaineToday.com Wildcard Winner, determined from online polling and text message votes combined with her official judging results.

Producer Louis Philippe said RO4UNO was impressive and set high expectations for the future.  “Never having produced this particular event, we had no clue what to expect, but the caliber and diversity of talent was remarkable,” Philippe said.  “It truly was one of the best shows Reindeer has produced—American Idol meets a Cabaret/Coffeehouse—highly entertaining and inspiring.  The Finals are a must-see,” he added.

Just before the results were announced, Sammie Francis who won Reindeer’s flagship competition, The Rock-Off, in 2004 as a solo act—a victory that inspired the creation of RO4UNO—treated the crowd to a special guest performance.  Her appearance Sunday clearly delighted her new audience and affirmed once again her award-winning talent, stage presence and star-quality personality.

The six performers face off in the Finals, slated for Sunday, February 10, 2 PM, also at McAuley Performing Arts Center.  One winner will be crowned “Best Young Solo Performer in Maine,” and win $250 in cash plus a mobile recording package.

The Finals are open to all ages.  Admission is $10.  FMI, contact Reindeer at 857-9002.

Complete information about the event, including videoclips, soundclips, photos and bios for all 21 contestants can be found at entertainment.mainetoday.com/ro4uno.

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