Irwin Intermediate School rocked their 3rd Annual Irwin Idol Competition Friday.
There was no Randy “The Dawg” Jackson, Jennifer Lopez or Steven Tyler judging the competition. Instead, Irwin brought in their own guest judges from others schools and for the first time had a student section that was able to take part in voting as well.
“We have a Sentio system which is an automatic (poll) response system,” said Danielle Greene, Irwin Intermediate school 5th grade teacher.
The system allows students to vote for their favorite performer and adds the totals to the guest judge scores.
This year’s Irwin Idol competition was fierce and contestants had to compete in preliminary tryouts in front of judges to either be eliminated or be given the golden ticket to proceed to the next practice phase of the competition.
This year’s competition featured performances that included poetry, singing, hip-hop and contemporary dance.
Parents, faculty and students cheered on participants not only for their performances, but also for all the hard work that each student put into the competition.
“It has been really great for her to open up and participate,” said Amanda Franklin, Family member and mother of Adrianna. ”This has been great because she is usually really shy. I’m really happy she is getting out here and experiencing new things.
At the end of the competition, guest judges left the room to deliberate and tabulate their scores along with the student votes.
The winner of best overall performance was Jazmine Rivera.
“I loved it,” said Rivera. “I’m hoping that everyone had a great time. I know we all worked really hard for today.”
Irwin Intermediate school Principal Charles Council hopes next year’s competition will have even more students lined up hoping to be the next Irwin Idol.