Peninsula Idol 2017
Watch as local talents perform on the Elliston stage!
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
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 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
- 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