Blackville girl wins third place in Maritime Idol competition

Michelle Jardine, 14, of Blackville has won 3rd place and over $500 in prizes at the 2008 year-end finale of season two of Maritime Idol.

The Finale was held Saturday night at the Jeanne de Valois Auditiorium on the Universite de Moncton Campus in front of a sold-out crowd.

Heidi Ellis, 16, of East Bideford, P.E.I., walked away with the title, a recording contract and over $6,000 in prizes. One of her winning performances can be viewed online now on the homepage of

The recording contract includes the production and marketing of a 10-song CD with a live band, with 70 per cent of the revenues after costs going to the winner.

Other prizes included a $2,500 diamond necklace, a 50″ HD plasma TV, two nights at a lodge with ATV tours and two meals per day per person for a family of four, valued at $1100, a $300 electric guitar and case, two tickets to the Avril Lavigne Concert in Moncton with accommodation and a restaurant gift certificate and a family pass to Crystal Palace.

Second place and $700 in prizes was awarded to 17-year-old Holly Jane Sock of Elsipogtog

The top 13 arrived by limo compliments for week four of the finale after having competed throughout the year at weekly, regional and semi-finals to make it to the top 26, who performed the first two weeks of July before eliminations.

The final two weeks involved performing with the Maritime Idol band in front of a live audience and judges Murielle Roy and Paula McNeil.

Along with the top three winners, others who made it to the top 13 included Jordan Schenkels and Jessica Warman (Miramichi); Kalei Petten (Oxford, NS); Dallas Bryan (Chignecto, NS); Sarah Chettiar (Bathurst), Jessika Aube (Beresford, NB), Sylvie Caisse-Caroll (Grand Digue), Laura Guptill (Grand Manan, NB), Britanie LeFait (Minto, NB), and Brittany Billings (Centreville, NB).

Season three of Martime Idol started this summer and has already completed competitions in Truro and Springhill, NS. It is currently running in Chipman at the Chipman Heritage Centre. The Bathurst competition begins Aug. 1 at the Marina. Other areas will be announced. Each competition runs for four weeks. Contestants perform live, with the audience voting and are videotaped and put online for voting. Once contestants earn a weekly win, voting is done 50 per cent judges, 50 per cent public.

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