The cut-off age for competing on Fox’s American Idol is 28, but one contest in Brooklyn is proving that you’re never too old to reach for the stars.
Aimed for vocalists 50 and up, Brooklyn Senior Idol will take place at Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge at 7 p.m. ET on Oct. 3. The event is hosted by Brooklyn Sen. Marty Golden and the school.
Now in its eighth year, the contest serves as a fundraiser for Xaverian, awarding winners $500, according to Golden’s website.
Earlier this year, Sen. Golden’s office received a cease and desist letter from a law firm representing FremantleMedia North America, producers of American Idol. The letter advised Golden to stop using the name “Senior Idol,” as the name was too close to the Fox show. Both parties came to a mutual agreement, allowing Golden to keep the name.
“I thank American Idol for reaching out to my office in light of the attention we brought to the issue of the name of our highly regarded ‘Brooklyn Senior Idol’ talent show,” Golden said.
Over 30 senior citizens auditioned or the talent competition in September. Eleven singers remain, and will compete tomorrow evening with song titles ranging from “Strangers in The Night,” “All That Jazz,” “All My Loving” and, just in time for Hurricane Joaquin, “Like Walking in the Rain.” The winner will be chosen based on audience votes and a panel of judges, which sometimes includes celebrity DJs like Joe Franklin.