SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Granada Theatre was filled with beautiful music on Saturday night for the finale of the solo-singing competition, "Teen Star Santa Barbara."
Ten talented young performers hit the stage to vie for the title. Each contender sang one song of their choice in front of a packed audience. Then, it was the judges turn to critique each performer. The panel of celebrity judges doled out compliments and advice.
Next, the judges and the audience picked four finalists. The audience voted via text message. The finalists were Dylan Ortega from Santa Ynez Valley High School, Luana Psaros from Dos Pueblos High School, Karlie Mack from San Marcos High School and Mary-Grace Langhorne from Goleta Valley Junior High School.
The four finalists had to return to the stage to sing another song of their choice. The panel and the audience voted again and Langhorne was declared the winner.
Langhorne's second song was 'Feelin Good', by Nina Simone. When it was over, the entire venue erupted in cheers.
The journey to the finale was a long one for Langhorne. Last year, she had an adverse reaction to medication. She developed Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome. and was paralyzed. But, Langhorne is getting stronger everyday and says her singing keeps her going.
As "Teen Star Santa Barbara," Langhorne will receive a one-thousand dollar scholarship, a studio and video recording, and make radio and television appearances. She will also be a featured performer at local events. Langhorne, the finalists and two alternates will open for the band 'Foreigner' at the Santa Barbara Bowl and sing a song with the band at the end of the concert.
Proceeds from "Teen Star Santa Barbara" have provided thousands of dollars of support to school performing arts programs throughout Santa Barbara County.Slideshow: New Teen Star Santa Barbara Crowned