It’s almost time for the brightest stars in the South Bay to take the stage in the 5th annual South Bay’s Got Talent competition! This year’s contestants range in age from 6 to 73, and talents include everything from singing to cultural dancing!
This year the winners will all receive cash prizes, trophies, and bragging rights; the audience, along with six official judges, will decide who goes home with one of these prizes:
- 1st Place: First place trophy + $500
- 2nd Place: Second place trophy + $300
- 3rd Place: Third place trophy + $200
Keep reading to learn more about the contestants (and find out who the official judges will be).
Host With the Most
SBGT will be hosted by South Bay resident, Broadcast journalist, and actor, Brian Singer. Brian has been involved with TOCA for over 15 years, providing video production and voice overs for many TOCA shows.
Here Come the Judges
The audience will have a hand in choosing the winners of this talent competition, but there will be entertainment industry veterans on hand to lend their thoughts, and opinions, too!
One of Rachel’s great passions is helping people to achieve their performing arts goals. She’s celebrating 28 years at Cadence Arts Network, offering consultation and mentorship to artists, agents, managers, and presenters all over the world.
With over 20 years of agency experience, Rick has been a music agent at ICM Partners for 18 years. Working in the adult contemporary department from the LA office of the agency, his clients include the Tempations, Kris Kristofferson, Dancing with the Stars, and Jay Leno.
Judy is the Senior Vice President of New Business Development for the World Championships of Performing Arts® and an international consultant for film and television production companies. She also produces highly-praised documentaries and serves on the Board of Directors for several charitable organizations.
Alt-Rock musician Jason Koiter is more than just an artist. He’s also the Post Production Supervisor for the hit CBS drama Criminal Minds, a composer for independent films, and, most importantly, a husband and father of three.
Founder and lead singer of the Rockabilly group Aileen Quinn and the Leapin’ Lizards, Aileen is no stranger to the stage. She started her long and storied career at the age of eight, and has been a triple threat in acting, singing, and dancing ever since. She’s performed on and off Broadway, and she received two Golden Globe nominations for her role in the movie Annie.
Born in Scotland, raised near London, Steve has been performing since the age of five. From those humble beginnings he has appeared in over 250 hours of television, a dozen movies, countless commercials, two award-winning video game series, and four TV series. Not only is he a seasoned actor of the stage and screen, Steve is also an acclaimed magician, appearing in his one-man show Life and Other Deceptions. You can also find him performing magic at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.
Stars from the South Bay
This year we have the pleasure of hosting over 20 performers from in and around the South Bay! (Listed in order of performance).
Amy Aoki – Dancer, age 10
Kati Caliber – Original song with electric piano, age 34
Gavin Willson – Beatbox, age 16
Quinn Snow Robinson – “My Way”, soloist with playback, age 17
Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja – “You’re Gonna Love Me”, soloist with playback, age 6
Ipsita Saha – Indian Dance, age 9
Joker’s Hand Band (Kevin Kawano & Matt Lau) – Duo with guitars, ages 22
Jewel Chang – “Best Part” with guitar, age 10
Chelsea Snow – Opera soloist with playback, age 13
JRick & The Hot Flashers – Hip Hop seniors, ages from 50-73
Emerald Street Band (Cameron Amintinat) – Band doing original song, ages 18
Kayla Stefanson – “Bombshell”, vocal solo, age 15
Danielle Morrow – Vocal solo, age 24
Sarah Harnden – Original song with piano, age 19
Kalani Lopez – “Who’s Loving You?”, age 17
Jessy Blackman – Original song with guitar, age 17
Karni Magdesian & Sierra Deer – Duo with guitar back up, ages 12 & 17
Sophie Nack – “One day”, with uhkele, age 9
Payal Bhuyan – Bollywood dance, age 13
MaKenzie Smalling – Original song with guitar, age 13
Special Guest Performance by Aleyna Yim (winner of the 2017 South Bay’s Got Talent competition).
Tickets Still Available!
The 5th annual South Bay’s Got Talent show will take place on Saturday, September 22 at 7:00 pm. Come on down to cheer on your talented South Bay neighbors and help the judges choose who should take home the top prize!