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Bill Riley Talent Search 8.17.22

Bill Riley Talent Search 8.17.22

August 17, 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:

Kinsey Townley, 11, Lyrical Dance Solo; Sioux City

Kenna Whitacre, 12, Lyrical Dance Solo; Davenport

Ireland Klein, 11, Musical Theater Vocal Solo; Cedar Rapids

Reese Freml, 8, Tap Solo; Johnston

Brystol Wiley, 11, Acro Dance; Douds

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

Emma Reisz, 18, Tap Solo; Denison

Laura Steinkamp, 15, and Callie Ferneding, 16, Hip Hop Duet; Wall Lake and Carroll

Kyrah Strickler, 16, Vocal Solo; Des Moines

Brooklyn Miller, 12, Acro Dance Solo; Gowrie

Sage Minnihan, 16, Musical Theater Vocal Solo; Onawa

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.