There is “American Idol” and “The X Factor” — with Mamaroneck’s phenom Carly Rose Sonenclar — but Westchester has its own singing competition: Westchester Teen Idol, held for the Saturday after Thanksgiving at Irvington’s Town Hall Theater.
A fundraiser for PMT Productions, a Pleasantville-based community theater, Westchester Teen Idol this year winnowed down a list of more than 100 contenders to 25 finalists, who perform before three judges and, typically, a sold-out house.
Tomorrow’s emcee is WHUD’s Kacey Morabito and the judges are Broadway veterans John Treacy Egan (“Sister Act,” “The Producers”) and Mary Bracken Phillips (“1776,” “Annie”) and Ben Hartley (“The Little Mermaid”).
Here’s a look at last year’s “Westchester Teen Idol” winner, Cayla Pettinato of Harrison.
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Cayla was a standout in her high-school musical last year, “42nd Street,” at Harrison, winning a Metropolitan High School Theater Award for her vocal performance as Peggy Sawyer. Here’s my writeup on her then. And here’s a video in which she was featured.