Beltin’ out the tunes at Senior Idol

Group photo: State Sen. Marty Golden posed with the judges and contestants after the 11th-annual Senior Idol competition at Xaverian High School on Oct. 28.
Photo by Georgine Benvenuto

These elders sang some oldies for the 11th-annual Senior Idol competition.

Brooklyn’s oldest, wisest, and most talented turned out to Xaverian High School on Oct. 28 for the, which was sponsored by state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge). It was a prime opportunity for seniors who could carry a tune to show off and get some well-deserved recognition, according to one participant.

“It was great. It was the first time in my almost 80 years that I got something for singing,” said this year’s winner, Crown Heights resident Darnley Browne. “It gave us seniors a chance to show our talents.”

Browne, who said he started singing for fun in 1999, went home with a $500 cash prize this year for his performance of his own original song, “When I Do My Best.”

A panel of three judges judged the dozen senior finalists, who had to first perform at the audition round last month. At the competition, they performed tunes by Otis Redding, Elvis, and Cher, among others. And all participants went home with a Certificate of Appreciation.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.

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