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.