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Tudor among semi-finalists in Bill Riley Talent Search

Published: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 11:03 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 11:18 a.m. CDT
(Iowa State Fair/ Steve Pope Photography)
Seventeen-year-old Newton Senior High School senior Jenefer Tudor performs a contemporary dance routine in the Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair on Wednesday. Tudor’s performance qualified her for the semi-final round of competition.
(Iowa State Fair/ Steve Pope Photography)
The semi-final qualifiers from the senior division of the Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair on Wednesday are (from left) Erica Ramirez, of Columbus Junction; Clayton Allen, of Decatur; Dustin Miller, of Algona; Michelle Curtis, of Badger; Jenefer Tudor, of Newton; and Brooke Ugolini, of Ames.
(Iowa State Fair/ Steve Pope Photography)
Bill Riley and Jenefer Tudor on Wednesday at the Iowa State Fair on the Bill Riley Stage.

DES MOINES — Newton resident Jenefer Tudor, 17, was among six senior division acts (ages 13-21) who advanced to the semi-final round in Bill Riley’s 55th annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search.

Tudor performed a contemporary dance, “Courier,” for the show. The other six semi-finalists include Brooke Ugolini, 21, Ames, lyrical dance; Michelle Curtis, 19, Badger, piccolo; Dustin Miller, 19, Algona, piano; Clayton Allen, 16, Decatur, piano; and Erica Ramirez, 16, Columbus Junction, vocal.

The semi-finals continue today and Saturday to select the nine acts to compete in the finals Sunday. Tudor performs at 1:30 p.m. today on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi. Bill Riley Jr. is once again hosting the show.

The first-place winner will receive a prize of $8,000. The second and third-place winners will be awarded $4,000 and $2,000, respectively. More than $18,000 will be awarded to the Senior and Sprout divisions combined. This year’s contest is sponsored by Hy-Vee.

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