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Girls Own the Night at RB Idol

Jackie Foster, a 16-year-old Poway High School junior, took top honors at the talent competition with her Beatles performance.

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Girls stole the show at Thursday’s RB Idol singing competition at the , claiming all three top prizes and earning the chance to sing before thousands at next week’s in Rancho Bernardo.

junior Jackie Foster, 16, won over the crowd and a panel of judges—which included last year’s winner, Matt Billman—with her rendition of The Beatles’ Oh! Darling.

“This is such a shock. ... So thankful,” Foster said, adding she was impressed with the level of talent in this year’s competition.

Nineteen different acts competed for the top three prizes: $500 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third place. The winners were chosen by votes from the approximately 200 attendees and a panel of judges. The top finishers can perform just before the annual 9 p.m. fireworks show July 4 at as part of the Spirit of the Fourth celebration. 

In second place was 15-year-old junior Lizzi Trumbore, who sang Stolen Moments by Oliver Nelson. Fifteen-year-old Jessica Jolley, who lives in RB and attends Classical Academy High School in Escondido, came in third after singing Pulled from The Addams Family Musical. (See a video of the winning performances attached to this story.)

Billman, last year’s winner who now attends Stanford University, and Kristi Krause, a two-time American Idol contestant and finalist in last year’s RB Idol, each performed solos and a duet (see video). RB native saxophonist Chris Burgess, who is attending the Berklee College of Music, also performed.

The contestants:

  • Caleigha Zangari
  • Amy Geis
  • Ruben Santibanez Jr.
  • Zackary Manlapid
  • Relentless Duo
  • Alex Fausto
  • Roxanne Reed
  • Isabella Pihas
  • Audrey Nonaka
  • Kyle Kesler
  • Brooke Kesler
  • Claire Fenley
  • Luke Castor
  • Lauren Springett
  • Paywand Baghal
  • Alli Nicole Hartman

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