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Manteca Idol opens 2010 season with high notes
Manteca Idol contestants, from left, Adrianna Solis, Jessica Ferree, Vanessa Martin, and Jill Hudson wait to see who goes on stage next. - photo by HIME ROMERO


• WHAT: 2010 Manteca Idol
• WHEN: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
• WHERE: Chez Shari at the Manteca golf course
• COST: $5 at the door
• MORE INFO: Call the Boys & Girls Club at 239-KIDS

The 2010 Manteca Idol season is officially underway.

At Chez Shari Wednesday night, a mixture of past participants and new faces graced the stage in an attempt to secure a place in the finals.

And at the end of the night, it was two Idol finals regulars and a new performer that garnered the votes from judges to advance to the next round of the competition.

Breanne Jansen – who performed a song that she wrote herself that will be included on the CD she’s planning on releasing this fall – wowed the judges with “Grown Up Now” and locked up a place in the competition that she has been a staple of ever since first signing up three years ago.

When Judi Hoagland sang Miranda Lambert’s “House that Built Me” it was apparent that two of the finals slots that the judges handed out Wednesday – the first of two chances that Idol participants will have to advance – were already taken.

And Adrianna Solis coasted to the final Idol spot with Beyonce’s rendition of “Ave Maria” – a beautiful performance that showcased her comfort level while performing and her amazing vocal range.

But those weren’t the only good performances of the evening in the elder Idol category.

Cheyenne Hickey was nails when singing Vanessa Carlton’s duet “The Game of Love” that she performed with Carlos Santana – showing her comfort level while waiting for the classic guitar solos to get through while keeping a rhythm and dancing along to the track.

Cynthia Cantu, on the other hand, took the Sheryl Crow track “The First Cut Is The Deepest” and hit it out the park as the first official performance of the new Idol season.

The Junior Idol contestants also turned in memorable performances that are sure to help them rack up the points as the judges track their progress through the first month of the competition.

Maddy Hudson Robertson was a quick study after Jansen introduced her to the idea of joining the contest. She killed Owl City’s “Fireflies” and overcame her fear of performing in front of people at the same time.

And last year’s Junior Idol runner-up Kaylie Dotson was amazing with her rendition of Lady Antebellum’s “American Honey” – showing her established stage presence that is light years beyond her age as she rocked out to the country staple that could just as easily have been a song fit for contemporary country radio.

It’s going to be a good year for Manteca Idol.

Manteca Idol continues on Wednesdays through the first week of November at Chez Shari upstairs at the Manteca Park Golf Course clubhouse. Competition starts at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices are still going to be $5 at the door. Season tickets will run $60 for the first family member, and $50 for each additional ticket purchased. All proceeds going benefit the Manteca Boys and Girls Club.