11 Super Star contestants advance in Koloa

KOLOA — Now, there are 11.

Those are the contestants who survived the elimination round, Saturday at the Koloa Plantation Days celebration and will advance to the next round coming up Aug. 9 at Kilohana.

The Kaua‘i Super Stars 2008 program started out with 31 original contestants and through a series of elimination rounds, have whittled the field down to the remaining 11 contestants.

But judges and the audience at the Koloa Plantation Days got a demonstration of Super Star qualities beyond the two-minute musical and stage presentation by the candidates.

Oreet Feinstein was already on stage, facing the filled entertainment tent when she was informed that her musical CD accompaniment was just noise instead of the sound track she had planned on.

Faced with the decision to just end, or to do an a cappella performance, Feinstein chose the latter and pleased the audience with her two-minute selection.

Marin Johnson, according to emcee Ron Wiley who was filling in for Dickie Chang of Wala‘au Productions, had just come off the stage of the Miss Hawai‘i pageant on O‘ahu where she competed as Miss Garden Isle.

She readied the audience before diving into her presentation.

Following those demonstrations of courage and stage performances, Johnson joins Feinstein, Jack Viohl, Joe Mahuka, Donovan Pegeder, Danielle Simone, Brittney Dawson, T’Nille Reynolds, Mark Udarbe, Thomas Patch and Alysha Bogart in advancing to the next round.

“All I’m hoping for is to make the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau Fair finals,” said Patch, a winner of one of the special awards during the previous elimination round held at the Kaua‘i Hospice “Concert in the Sky.”

The next elimination round will held on Aug. 9 at the Kilohana Estates, and the finals for Kaua‘i Super Stars 2008 will be held at the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau Fair.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@kauaipubco.

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