It’s almost time for the brightest stars in the South Bay to take the stage in the 6th 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 the official judges, will decide who goes home with one of these prizes:
- 1st Place: First place trophy + $500 cash + full registration fee to the World Championship of Performing Arts (a $1695 value)
- 2nd Place: Second place trophy + $300 cash
- 3rd Place: Third place trophy + $200 cash
Keep reading to learn more about the contestants and the host for the evening’s entertainment.
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.
Stars from the South Bay
This year we have the pleasure of hosting 18 performers from in and around the South Bay! (Listed in order of performance).
Cleary Irish Dance has been bringing traditional Irish dancing to Los Angeles for over 25 years! Under the direction of Margaret Cleary SDCRG, students from across our three LA studios study the intricate and technical footwork made popular by shows like Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. They maintain a busy performance schedule throughout the year with artists like The Chieftains, Cherish the Ladies, and the LA Philharmonic, while also competing internationally. Among the dancers performing this evening are three Western US Regional Champions, one North American Champion, and three World Medal Holders! Cleary Irish Dance believes there is a place in Irish dancing for everyone.
We are excited to participate in South Bay’s Got Talent!
Justin Ezzi is an award winning school teacher (retired) and comedian/musician. His classroom won six, “Video In The Classroom” awards which he wrote and produced with his students. He also won Reader’s Digest’s, “Tell Us A Joke Contest” which he performed at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City with Jim Gaffigan. He has written and produced music for film and television and in 1982 his song, “It’s Just the Whiskey Talking” charted on Billboard’s Top Country Hits.
Michelle Jaeger Jones is a vocal artist who has grown up in the South Bay. Her love of music has recently motivated her to create a show called “Love Stages”. She has continued to sing during the holidays in an acapella group and is working on another show called “Italian Heart Strings” where she will sing and dance later this year. Work seems to always get in the way of performing but her love of music always brings her back to her passion and performing it is just an added bonus.
Hi, my name is Amari Scott, but my stage name is “Mari Janae”, and I’ve been singing since I was a little girl. I didn’t take singing seriously until I joined choir in middle school.
My favorite singers are Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, and Beyonce. I enjoy listening to music, watching TV, and hanging with friends. I’m a junior at West High and a member of the Aria Choral Group. I’m excited to see what my future has for me in singing.
Alyson Young is 14 years old and just started her freshman year at Redondo Union High School. Her first piano lessons began at age 6 and when she couldn’t take her piano on the road, she taught herself to play the ukulele. Aly always had a passion for singing and has studied voice for the last 3 years. She writes and performs her own songs and appears often at the The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach and Sloopy’s Cafe in Manhattan Beach. She loves every opportunity she gets to be on stage and share her songs, and is overjoyed to be a part of South Bay’s Got Talent!
Kat Kugler has enjoyed exploring music all her life. She started voice lessons with Ayline Artin in Spring 2019 after two years of guitar lessons with Ryan Ayers, and is nourishing a budding curiosity with songwriting. In Fall 2018, Kat won 1st prize in her school district for her original song “I Am a Woman” in the Reflections Competition. In addition to her love of music, Kat is a devoted athlete, participating in varsity cross country, soccer and track at school, along with year-round club soccer. Kat is a 16-year-old junior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School.
Sofia’s been singing since the age of seven and is excited to perform an original song for South Bay’s Got Talent. Before relocating to California, Sofia was active in several productions at the Delaware Children’s Theatre (Mary Poppins, Wizard of Oz and her favorite role as Jazzy in Rumpelstiltskin). She has a few vocal performances under her belt at the infamous Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach. As a freshman at Redondo Union High School, Sofia looks forward to more opportunities to showcase her talent. She would like to thank her parents and friends who have supported her and especially her vocal coach, Ayline Amirayan.
Sydney Lamich is a freshman at Redondo Union High School. In addition to her passion for singing she enjoys playing golf competitively. Sydney has been singing since she was four and loves all different styles of music. Her father, Stephan loves music for as long as he can remember and especially loves singing with his daughter. His major influences are Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Luciano Pavarotti just to name a few. Sydney’s influences are her mom, dad and their passion for all music. Sydney has performed at her cousin’s weddings and they recently started singing together. They are both looking forward to singing for you tonight.
Ipsita Bhattacharya is 17 years old and a senior at South High School. She has been classically trained in Kathak for 13 years by her mother among other teachers. It has become more than her talent, but more of a deep passion to continue such a rich tradition of dancing and use it for a good cause rather than just performing. This past summer she lead a team of dancers in a self production fundraising show to fundraise for The American Cancer Society #GoldTogether Pediatric Research Program in support to a close friend who was recently diagnosed with stage 3 leukemia. She raised close to 10000 dollars and had a very successful show. Today she will be performing a tarana that she performed in the same show this past summer.
OHKO (One Hit Knock-Out) is a two-player musical duo from Torrance composed of Bernie and Aleyna. The two best friends met in high school, where they bonded over their shared love for music (and various nerdy things). Though they both have their own careers as solo artists, they genuinely enjoy working together, and consider OHKO their passion project. They’re excited to make their debut performance at South Bay’s Got Talent, and hope you enjoy the show.
Tickets Still Available!
The 6th annual South Bay’s Got Talent show will take place on Saturday, September 28 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!