Old standards: ‘Senior Idol’ a hit in Bay Ridge

Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Photo gallery

Show stopper: Darnley Brown crooned “In the Beginning” by Genesis.
Show stealer: Runner-up Ron Divito made audience members tear up with his rendition of Boyz II Men “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye.”
Winner: Emmy Pai took first place with her version of “Fever” by Peggy Lee.
Belting it out: Angel Mendez sings Michael Jackson’s “She’s Out of My Life.”
Golden oldies: State Sen. Marty Golden and judges award Emmy Pai with her first-place certificate.
An oldie but a goodie: Performers 50 years and older took to the stage and belted out their best renditions of classic and contemporary songs at Senior Idol on Oct. 1.

Talk about golden oldies!

Silver-haired crooners showcased their talents at the 10th annual Senior Idol show at Xaverian High School on Oct. 1. Performers 50 years and older took to the stage and belted out their best renditions of classic and contemporary songs. It gave the seniors a chance to truly broadcast their personalities, said one contestant.

“It shows people who I really am,” said Greenwood Heights resident Ron Divito, who took second place at the showdown. “I see people on a daily basis, and they don’t really know who I am or what I like to do, so this gets to show another side of me.”

Work and family life waylaid Divito’s youthful dreams of singing on Broadway, but he continued to croon in choruses and bands, he said. His version of Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye,” brought tears to audience members’ eyes and earned him the competitions runner-up spot. Even the singer had trouble holding it together during the emotional song, he said.

“I cried every time I did rehearsal, so I thought if it moves me it’ll move others,” said Divito.

Divito was one of 12 vocalists selected from a batch of Brooklyn seniors who made the cut after an audition that put more than 40 singers’ pipes to the test.

State Sen. Martin Golden (R–Bay Ridge) sponsors the soulful sing-off, and all the proceeds will help the Xaverian High School music program pay for scholarships and new instruments.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2517. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your community:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!