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Josh Delgado Wins ‘McLean Idol’ Contest

McLean Idol - Finals
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Sophomore Josh Delgado took top honors in the third annual McLean Idol competition. The award-winning McLean High School Theatre Company conducted the competition in cooperation with the McLean Choral Department last week.

Junior Abby Huston claimed the second position with third place going to Freshman Renee Zhang. With commentary provided by local theater celebrities, the audience selected the winners by popular vote.

Last Saturday, the 13 finalists from the previous two evenings of competition came together for the contest’s final night.

Following his impressive performance of Rolf Lovland’s and Brendan Graham’s “You Raise Me Up” at Friday’s preliminary contest, Delgado presented a stirring rendition of Jon Secada’s “Angel” at Saturday’s finale.

Huston, accompanying herself on guitar, reprised her ethereal performance of “The Broadripple is Burning” by Morgot & the Nuclear So and So’s. The show’s final performer, Zhang, presented a powerful version of Destiny’s Child’s “Stand Up for Love.”

The three award-winning performers were joined Saturday by 10 fellow students covering a range of artists from James Taylor to Lady Gaga, Elvis Presley to Rihanna. Additional McLean Idol finalists are Nicole Sheehan, Helena Doms, Tori Garcia, Jeffrey Nolan, Emily Swett, Genesis Pedraza, Jasmine Gomez, Rachel Lawhead, Jennifer Rose, and Alex Stone.