2012's Delco Idol has been chosen and it's 18-year-old Maria Maslin, of Broomall. Well, she was 18 when it all started five weeks ago, but now she's 19...and what a birthday present!
She received $1,500, plus a photography session with Maura McConnell Studios of Media, and several other prizes. Not to mention a television appearance on FOX-TV's Good Day Philadelphia with Delco Idol emcee Sue Serio. Quite a nice way to jumpstart a singing career! And getting to perform for five weeks on The Media Theatre stage to large crowds was most certainly a treat for each and every contestant.
Maria Maslin dazzled each week with pleasing, pitch-perfect performances. And even though each week's group of judges were a new panel (except Jesse Cline, artistic director for The Media Theatre) with a clean slate of rankings and tabulations, Maslin was perhaps the most versatile performer who did not place herself in a 'genre box'---meaning she sang everything from Broadway to pop to trunk songs such as "Alto's Lament" (which was, by all counts, the highlight performance of the summer during the Idol competition).
Maslin did each style of music with pizazz, but not overly so. With a perky personality and attire that was pleasant but not overwhelming or "too cute," she allowed her inner strength as a performer to carry her with ease to the top of the rankings during the Finals and claim the title.
She made the right choices and introduced the audience to unfamiliar tunes while doing so: During the second week of the contest, she performed a song she composed herself ("Turn It Up") while playing guitar and absolutely wowed the crowd. She performed another new song during Idol that has been written for her cousin, Robert Fattori, who is recording a CD in New York. And, in the finals, Maslin chose an Andrew Lloyd Webber classic "Tell Me On A Sunday" that was simply perfect for her voice and her demeanor.
Maslin is not attending a university while pursuing her dream of being a professional singer or pop sensation (she certainly has the look and the voice to become the next Kelly Clarkson, as well as the creative energy). And, as she mentioned to Cline during the finals, she has only ever had "one voice lesson" during which she was introduced to, "Tell Me On A Sunday."
Note to Maria Maslin: We don't need to wait until Sunday to tell you where you are headed—to STARDOM! You have what it takes to be a pop sensation or a Broadway ingenue. No matter how much training a performer has, or does not have, the "X Factor" is something within that communicates to the masses. We hope to see you achieve your dreams. Congratulations!
The runners-up were: 2) Jason Armstong, 18, of Newtown Square, 3) Chris Infantino, 17, of Media, 4) Carly Katz, 17, of Broomall and 5) Kyleigh Bleacher, 15, of Ridley Park.
It was a terrific Delco Idol 2012 and thanks to the performers, Sue Serio, Cline and all of the judges...and to you, the audience and the readers of this weekly update. See you next summer for Delco Idol 2013 at The Media Theatre!