Monday, July 1, 2013


From Left to right are: Josephine Araniti/MSNJSA'07, & 2012 Shore Senior Idol Winner, and Sal Benigno, 1st Place Winner;  Diane Beebe, 2nd Place, 2013 Shore Senior Idol Winner, and Bernadette Dudek/MSNJSA'09 & 2009 Shore Senior Idol Winner.

From Left to Right: Renee Tompkins, Carol Dugan/MSNJSA2012, Diane Beebe and Josephine Araniti.  Missing in photo is Contestant Jo Ann Gordon/MSNJSA'08 & VP/NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB.
Tensions were high yesterday inside the Algonquin Theater in Manasquan, as audience and contestants awaited the judges' results of this year's Shore Senior Idol contest.  Now in its 5th season, the local contest patterns itself after its national counterpart, American Idol, the obvious difference being the age level of 55 and over, as the main requirement.  There were 18 very talented contestants, the same number of men as there were women, and musical styles ranging from country, jazz, Frank Sinatra wannabees, broadway, popular, rock and opera.

Four NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB ladies made the finals:  The elegant ladies who graced yet another runway were:  Jo Ann Gordon/MSNJSA2008/VP, Renee Tompkins, Diane Beebe, and Carol Dugan/MSNJSA2012.   Bernadette Dudek/MSNJSA2009, was the Mistress of Ceremony, and led the contestants in the opening number, "Another Op'ning, Another Show".  After the intermission, there was a special performance by Josephine Araniti/MSNJSA2007, and 2012, Shore Senior Idol Winner, who sang "Un Bel Di", from Puccini's opera, MADAME BUTTERFLY.

The performances of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB ladies were professional and outstanding in every way, and raised the bar for the other contestants.  In the end, one emerged as a winner, with Diane Beebe in 2nd Place, who took home a prize of $350.00.  She sang "O Mio Babbino Caro", from Puccini's comic opera, GIANNI SCHICCI.  The other winners were:  Sal Benigno/1st Place, and Marvin Schuman/3rd.

Once again, the fabulous ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB shined, gave their best, and were a credit to the CLUB and the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT organization.  Sunday was their "finest hour", and congratulations on a job well done!

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