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Meet the Top 20 finalists for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent

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  • Dennis Caravello

      Dennis Caravello
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  • Sydney Litka

      Sydney Litka
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  • Sheridan Hurtig

      Sheridan Hurtig
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  • San Sandberg

      San Sandberg
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  • Samantha Erne

      Samantha Erne
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  • Ryan Cooper

      Ryan Cooper
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  • Marirose Rueth

      Marirose Rueth
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  • Rachel McPheeters

      Rachel McPheeters
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  • Mike L

      Mike L
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  • Jaooo

      Jaooo
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  • Hope Rose

      Hope Rose
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  • Farah Morales

      Farah Morales
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  • Duebwa Loving

      Duebwa Loving
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  • DeMuziq Artis

      DeMuziq Artis
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  • Carly Meyer

      Carly Meyer
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  • Bryana Martinez

      Bryana Martinez
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  • Alyssa Peterson

      Alyssa Peterson
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  • Agne G

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  • Mysterious Krew featuring Sean Adams, Vernon Davis and Armond Mayberry

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  • James Agena

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  • Video: SCGT Auditions in Schaumburg

 
 

It's showtime for the Top 20 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent.

They've made it through the initial auditions and now they have to shine for the judges to move on in the summerlong competition sponsored by the Daily Herald, the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce and the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.

All 20 will perform Sunday, June 22, at the Prairie Center. The judges will then weigh in on the acts, which include a dance crew, a violinist and a bumper crop of singers specializing in genres like country, pop, opera and hip-hop.

Fans can vote for their favorite as well. Online voting begins Wednesday, June 25, and runs through Sunday, June 29, at dailyherald.com, where there will be photos and video clips of the contestants.

The top online vote-getter will be guaranteed a spot in the Top 15, and the all-around Fan Favorite wins a Funjet vacation for two.

By August, the field will be winnowed down to 10 acts. The Top 10 will perform both at the Prairie Center for the Arts on Sunday, Aug. 3, and at the Taste of Arlington Heights on Saturday, Aug. 9, when the ultimate winners will be announced.

The new grand prize for 2014 is a "STARter Kit," featuring a concert performance as an opening act for a major headliner at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, a professional concert-style photo shoot, a promotional video drawn from live SCGT competition footage and professional talent mentoring.

THIS YEAR'S 20 FINALISTS

James Agena

Hometown: Bloomingdale

Occupation: Student at Stratford Middle School

Talent: Singer

Favorite artist(s): Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson


Dennis Caravello

Hometown: Mount Prospect

Occupation: Server

Talent: Singer-songwriter

Favorite artist: John Mayer


Ryan Cooper

Hometown: Schaumburg

Occupation: Alexian Bros. central distribution

Talent: Vocalist and guitarist

Favorite artist: Paul McCartney


DeMuziq Artis (DeMarcus Artis)

Hometown: Oak Park

Occupation: Customer specialist at Avant Credit

Talent: Singer

Favorite artist: John Legend is my favorite singer-musician, and Usher is one of my favorite performers.


Samantha Erne

Hometown: Elk Grove Village

Occupation: Student

Talent: Singer

Favorite artist: Kristin Chenoweth. I really like her singing because she can change her voice to fit the part she is playing.


Agne G (Agne Giedraityte)

Hometown: Downers Grove

Occupation: Student

Talent: Classical singer

Favorite artist: Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli


Sheridan Hurtig

Hometown: Mundelein

Occupation: Student

Talent: Singer

Favorite artist: Demi Lovato because she has gone through so much at her young age and she shows that you can persevere and succeed if you put your mind to it, and she inspires others to do the same thing.


Jaooo (Jordan Madonia)

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Occupation: Factory work

Talent: Hip-hop singer/writer

Favorite artist: There honestly is nobody that really stands out to me. I see a whole lot of conformity based upon what kind of music will make money. If I had to say anybody, it would be Lecrae.


Mike L (Michael Lueck)

Hometown: Des Plaines

Occupation: Carpet cleaner

Talent: Multigenre singer

Favorite artist: John Legend


Mysterious Krew

Hometowns: Sean Adams of Hanover Park, Vernon Davis of Streamwood and Armond Mayberry of Hanover Park

Occupation: Dance

Talent: Dance troupe

Favorite artist: Jabbawockeez


Sydney Litka

Hometown: Wauconda

Occupation: Student

Talent: Singer

Favorite artist: All pop singers


Duebwa Loving (George Lee)

Hometown: Springfield

Occupation: Performer

Talent: Singer

Favorite artist: Michael Jackson


Bryana Martinez

Hometown: Chicago Ridge

Occupation: Violinist

Talent: Singer

Favorite artists: Sarah Change and Olga Breeskin


Rachel (Rachel McPheeters)

Hometown: DeKalb

Occupation: Teacher

Talent: Singer

Favorite artist: My roots are in country. I enjoyed female pop stars through college, but today, I particularly enjoy singing artists of the 1960s.


Carly Meyer

Hometown: Northbrook

Occupation: Student

Talent: Classical singer

Favorite artist: Diana Damrau is an excellent coloratura opera singer. I listen to her every day.


Farah Morales

Hometown: Mount Prospect

Occupation: Mother and receptionist for Salon Cienna in Palatine

Talent: Singer

Favorite artists: I have many artists that I love dating back to old-school jazz -- 1920s to present-day. Nina Simone is one of my favorites. Today: Alabama Shakes, ZZward, Coldplay, Mumford and Sons


Alyssa Peterson

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Occupation: Waitress

Talent: Singer

Favorite artist: Sara Bareilles


Marirose Rueth (Rose Rueth)

Hometown: Glen Ellyn

Occupation: Student

Talent: Country/rock singer

Favorite artist: Taylor Swift


Hope Rose (Hope Jirsa)

Hometown: Forest Park

Occupation: Student

Talent: Country singer

Favorite artist: Miranda Lambert


San Sandberg

Hometown: Geneva

Occupation: Student

Talent: Singer

Favorite artist: Carrie Underwood

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