Peninsula Idol 2017

Watch as local talents perform on the Elliston stage!

Tourism Elliston

Peninsula Idol is a local adaptation of the American Idol TV show. Contestants, as far east as Norman’s Cove and as far west as Port Blandford and all communities on or branching off Route 230 (Discovery Trail) on the Bonavista Peninsula, vie to become the Peninsula Idol for that current year.

The Peninsula Idol debuted at the Bird Island Puffin Festival in 2003. In its 14th year, it is one of the main attractions at the Festival. Tourism Elliston, Inc., the sponsor of this event, provides a plaque to each year’s winner along with a first place cash prize of $700. Cash prizes are also provided to the first and second runner up. All eliminated contestants receive a $50 consolation prize.

Past Peninsula Idol Winners

Bobbi Bartlett 2003
Shevonne Donovan 2004
Aaron Vardy 2005
Kathryn Wheeler 2006
Sarah Fennell 2007
Emily Best 2008
Jeanine Sheppard 2009
Dianna Hayward 2010
Brian Hiscock 2011
Lauren Eddy 2012
Deanna Hayward 2013
Andrew Smith 2014
Riley Baker 2015
Cassidy Waye 2016
Erica Dunn 2017

The contest runs from Wednesday to Sunday of the festival week with pop (Thursday), country (Friday), and rock (Saturday) theme nights. Contestants are free to sing songs of any category on two selected nights (Wednesday & Sunday). A panel of three judges, using select criteria, evaluate each individual’s performance and score accordingly (for a full run down of the criteria used in the competition scroll down to the bottom of this page). The contestants also perform five group songs during the duration of the event, but are not scored on these performances. The reigning Peninsula Idol from the previous year opens each night with a solo performance to set the tempo for the evening. A host provides the direction for the event.

The winner of the 2017 Peninsula Idol competition is Erica Dunn!

2017 Peninsula Idol Winner !!







2017 Peninsula Idol Judges

  • Charlotte Ritman
  • Carol Babineau
  • Peggy Pye

2017 Peninsula Idol MC

  • Betty Goodland

2017 Peninsula Idol Host

  • Cole Hayley

Special Guest Appearance

  • 2016 Idol Winner Cassidy Waye and 2015 Idol Winner Riley Baker

Additional Music 

  • Daniel Champion and guitarist Spencer Oldford

The Official Peninsula Idol Criteria

  • Vocals – 20pts
  • Confidence and Poise – 10pts
  • Stage Presence – 10pts
  • Crowd Participation – 5pts
  • Appearance (dressing for theme nights) – 5pts