CONGERS – With a heart-felt rendition of country singer Katie Armiger’s “Leaving Home,” Anthony Todaro of Clarkstown walked away with the top prize in ARC’s 10th Anniversary American Ideal ‘All-star’ singing competition on April 12. Todaro, who won “American Ideal” in 2011, competed against 13 other American Ideal winners from the past nine years. Todaro opened his performance by dedicating his song to his mother who passed away in 1992. He sang “Leaving Home” with high emotion and energy and added his own dance moves while signing all lyrics for the audience. His performance wowed the audience of nearly 300 people and impressed judges Bob Baird, former Journal News columnist and founder/president of Touching Bases; Diane Dimond, author and syndicated journalist, and Rockland Boulders new manager Jamie Keefe.
Pop star Melinda Ademi of this season’s ‘American Idol’ made a special visit to ARC’s 10th Anniversary American Ideal ‘All-star’ singing competition on April 12. She met with each of the American Ideal contestants prior to the show to wish they good luck and take photos. Ademi who is a 19-year-old artist/singer/performer from Yonkers, was featured on “American Idol” Season 10 and recently made the Top 40 of Season 12. She opened the “American Ideal” show with a live performance which was met with thunderous applause by the audience of nearly 300 people.