Naugatuck resident Alex Hernandez won the Connecticut Icon 2013 competition held today at the Southington Apple Festival. Ms. Hernandez is a student at Naugatuck High School where she sings with the Chamber Singers. She also recently played the leading role in Naugatuck Teen Theatre's production of Annie Get Your Gun. She is the daughter of David Tuti Hernandez and Debbie Hernandez.
This is the fifth year of the singing competition, which is open to state residents ages 9 and up. The search for the next Connecticut Icon began with auditions on Sept. 21 when twelve finalists were selected.
The Connecticut Icon performances for 2013 were held during
Southington’s 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival. Finalists went on to compete on multiple days during the Festival. Based on audience
voting and the judges input, contestants were eliminated until the winner was declared today on the last day of the festival.
Torrington music teacher and community theater personality A.J. Bunel posted that he had the opportunity to listen to the "incredibly talented Alex Hernandez performing brilliantly" as she went on to win Connecticut Icon 2013.
Click here to view a video taken by Mr. Hernandez of Alex's performance.
The Connecticut Icon winner receives $1,000 cash and the opportunity to
professionally record at Onyx Soundlab Recording Studio, in Manchester,
with the possibility that the recordings will be submitted to several
record companies. Winners also receive the chance to sing at various venues or restaurants.
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