By Arielle Dollinger
After its first-ever youth-only year, the Huntington Arts Council’s fifth annual “Got Talent? Long Island” competition run came to a close Saturday night, declaring vocalist Kristen Murphy the overall winner.
“The show on Saturday night was the best one yet,” said Huntington Arts Council President Debbi Honorof in a press release. “The level of talent was unsurpassed and the judges expressed their difficulty in choosing the winners.”
Murphy, a 15-year-old St. Anthony’s High School freshman, sang “Popular” – a song written by musical theatre composer Stephen Schwartz for Broadway’s “Wicked” – to earn herself a $1,000 cash award and an opening slot at this year’s Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival. She is also a competitive dancer, cheerleader and gymnast.
Fellow dancer Kristina Diaz, 16, received the competition’s “Rising Star” award for her dance to “On The Nature of Daylight.” Diaz attends Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset and dances modern, ballet, pointe and jazz.
The Audience Award went to seven-piece band “Pursuing JC.” The band, whose members are 11-15 years old, played Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.”