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Bill Riley Talent Search 8.14.22

Bill Riley Talent Search 8.14.22

August 14, 2022

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 62nd annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search. Each act will perform again on Thursday, August 18, Friday, August 19 or Saturday, August 20.

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

Blair Haupts, 4, Dance Solo; Denison

Monroe Eischeid, 10; Elly Houston, 11; Sophia Hodne, 11; Tap Trio; Manning, Denison and Irwin

Gibson Graham, 11, Vocal Solo; Leon

Addi Leonard, 12, Lyrical Dance Solo; Stuart

Remi Miller, 10, Dance Solo; Dexter

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

Jordan Formaro, 15, Dance Solo; Des Moines

Lynsey Countryman, 18, Allison Reinking, 17; Hannah O'Connell, 18; Anna Heck, 19; McKenzie Goodwin, 19; Clogging Quintet; Moville, Kingsley and Anthon

Alivia Rediske, 14, and Alexa Rediske 16, Lyrical Duet; Polk City

McKenzie Lofgren, 20, Musical Theater Solo; Muscatine

Grace Kiple, 21, Vocal and Guitar Solo; Sergeant Bluff

The Bill Riley Talent Search has put Iowa's young talent on stages across the state each summer since 1960. Acts competed statewide to qualify for competition in this year's Talent Search, 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 21 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. The Bill Riley Talent Search is presented by Meta.