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Bill Riley Talent Search 8.11.23

Bill Riley Talent Search 8.11.23

August 11, 2023

Musicians, Dancers and Singers Top Iowa State Fair Talent Search

Five talented Sprout division acts (ages 2-12) and five Senior division acts (ages 13-21) have advanced to the semi-final round in Bill Riley’s 63rd annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search. Each act will perform again on Thursday, August 17, Friday, August 18 or Saturday, August 19.

The names, ages, hometowns and routines of the sprouts acts are:

Michael Smith, 12, Waterloo, Vocal Solo

Kirby Schaefer, 12, Polk City, Lyrical/Contemporary Dance Solo

Aria Lane, 11, Mount Pleasant, Open Contemporary Dance Solo

Emma Strayer, 13, Davenport, Jazz Acro Dance Solo

Delaney Anderson, 12, Mount Pleasant, Acapella Solo

The names, ages, hometowns and routines of the senior acts are:

Kyrah Strickler, 17, Des Moines, Vocal Solo

Jordan Formaro, 15, Des Moines, Contemporary Dance Solo

Erin McRae, 20, Cedar Falls, Vocal Solo

Braylin Fowles, 14, Lyrical Solo, Urbandale

Aakansha Ganesh, 14, Ankeny, Piano Solo

The Bill Riley Talent Search has put Iowa’s young talent on stages across the state each summer since 1960. Nearly 100 local qualifying competitions are held across the state and winners advance to the State Fair competition, where there are seven days of preliminary competition for Sprouts (ages 2-12) and Seniors (ages 13-21), followed by the semi-finals and, ultimately, the selection of one Senior Champion. The Sprouts do not compete beyond the semi-finals, but perform in the Championship Show as Sprout Champions set for Sunday, August 20 at 1:30 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi and media sponsor iHeart Radio.

More than $20,000 will be awarded to the Senior and Sprout divisions combined.