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Idol Junior contestant Jessica Ferree performs the song "Walking on Sunshine" dressed in a 1980s theme.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED September 17, 2010 3:23 a.m.
The Manteca Idol contestants definitely know their 1980s music.

Upon donning the classic side-ponytail, Robyn Glover – who dressed up in Navy Dress Whites last week to go along with her song from South Pacific – took on one of the more difficult songs of the evening in Gloria Estefan’s “The Rhythm Is Gonna Get Ya.”
Her vocals were perfect, and her dance moves would have made The Miami Sound Machine proud.

And Valiyah Martin followed up beautifully with Whitney Houston’s classic “I Want to Dance with Somebody” – complete with stage presence, a killer smile, and an amazing take of one of the hardest performances of the night.

But it was Junior Idol contestant Grace Hedin that took a page out of last year’s Junior Idol winner with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” – where she knew not only the beat of the song, but kept the dance moves flowing and stayed with the trend of the song.

Fellow fan favorite Natasha Wilson was nails with “The Bangles” Magic Monday – a song that just about everybody in the audience could relate to.

Wilson earned great marks from the judges for yet another week, and stands a good chance at making the final round once the judges turn in the scores for the appropriate round.

But the best ‘80s outfit of the night came from Junior Idol contestant Kaylie Dotson – who killed Debbie Gibson’s “Lost in Your Eyes.” She was sheer gold the entire time, and earned the quote “you’re a natural singer” from Judge Anne Talcott. There couldn’t be a better compliment from a longtime choir teacher.

It was Brieanne Jansen, however, who stole the show with Bette Middler’s “The Rose” – a song written about the short life of Janis Joplin.

With her amazing voice, stunning attire, and stunning voice, Jansen turned in one of the best performances of the night – even though it was a slow song in a lineup of mostly upbeat tracks.

It was beautiful, engaging, and according to Talcott, “It was sung in a beautiful voice.”

And the final contestant of the event, Maddy Robinson, was perfect with her rendition of “What I Am” by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians – where she rocked her classic smile and dance movies to the musical interludes.

Unfortunately, it’s a competition, and two of the early finalists – Melissa Sanchez, and Jill Hudson – were eliminated from the competition.

The next phase of the competition will begin next week, and will undoubtedly be worth the $5 admission that will benefit the Boys and Girls Club.

See you next week.

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