9 advance to Farm Fair finals of Super Stars

NAWILIWILI — There are nine finalists after Saturday’s semifinals of Super Stars Kaua‘i 2008.

The finalists will take the stage at the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau Fair on Aug. 29, hoping to be the one who will accompany the Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau on a trip to New York City, said Ron Wiley. Wiley shared the stage with “Wala‘au’s” Dickie Chang as the evening’s hosts.

Performing before a near-capacity crowd at JJ’s Broiler at the Anchor Cove shopping center, the 11 semifinalists were given five minutes to prove to the judges their skill and stage presence which would earn them a place on the final stage.

The contestants did not disappoint as Britney Dawson opened the night with a rendition of “Surrender,” and playing before the Wala‘au Productions camera, Joe Mahuka, a crowd favorite through the elimination rounds, graced his performance with a walk through the audience to present a rose during his performance.

Similarly, Marc Udarbe’s performance sparked the germination of a “Marry Me, Marc!” sign from among the sea of cheering, screaming fans and spectators.

This floral theme was carried one step further as Aunty Joan made it a point to present both Wiley and Chang with lei prior to the start of the competition, the gesture drawing comment from Chang about being special.

Tommy Patch has always drawn a late number during the elimination rounds, and Saturday night was no different as he advanced to the finals despite being No. 9 of 11 performers.

With just minutes to go before the first performance, Marin Johnson showed up in the already-crowded lounge area, and despite announcing feelings of being overdressed, advanced to the final round.

Joining her for the finals are Patch, Dawson, Mahuka, T’Nille Reynolds, Donovan Pegeder, Danielle Simone, Jack Viohl and Alysha Boggart.

The Super Stars Kaua‘i 2008 competition started earlier in the summer with a field of more than 30 competitors and has been whittled down to the final nine participants through a series of elimination rounds where each competitor was faced with different challenges in terms of time allocation and allowances for accompaniment.

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