The competition was worth the wait.
After the original Riverhead Idol date earlier this year was rescheduled, student performers hit the stage Saturday night to sing an array of hits from artists like Alicia Keys, Vance Joy and John Legend. Riverhead Councilman Jim Wooten hosted the event, now in its 15th season, at the Shade Tree Community Center in Aquebogue.
The winning performance was by Amanda Fontana of Calverton, who sang “Stone Cold” by Demi Lovato. Second place went to Abby Lehman of Calverton, who sang “Empty Space” by James Arthur. Third place went to Tyler Luby of Riverhead, who performed an acoustic version of “Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band.
Five performers received flowers commemorating their last year with Riverhead Idol: Abby Lehman, Katherine Rodriguez of Wading River, Lia Schellinger of Baiting Hollow, Natalia Rahim of Riverhead and Marina Tedesco of Calverton.
See photos from the competition below: