The Berrien County Youth Talent Show

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It’s the return of the Youth Talent Show with 98.3 The Coast and 106.1 The New QYQ brought to you by Off The Wahl Photography!

The top 3 talents, as decided by a local panel of judges, in each age group will be announced on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, and will be invited to perform ON STAGE, LIVE at the Berrien County Youth Fair’s Mall Stage on Tuesday night, August 16th where they will find out how they placed and will be awarded their prizes! In case of a tie between the judges, the people’s choice votes are used to make the decision of winners.

Prizes: First place – $250, Second place – $150, and Third place – $100 

ANY QUESTIONS? Call 269-925-1111 during normal business hours, or email us.


(In no particular order)

Makayla Mitchell
“Square Root of Possible” by Madalen Mills


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Layla King
“Lean On Me” by Bill Withers

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Ella Robertson
Lyrical Solo Dance “Rainbow” by Liz Huett

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(In no particular order)

Sinai Fonua
“I Want You To Stay” by Rihanna

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Rosie Monroe
Performing Aerial Arts

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Miriam Jordan
“Watch What Happens” From Broadway’s ‘Newsies!’

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(In no particular order)

Lauren Lovell
“Shine Your Diamond Heart” by Madilyn Bailey

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Madison Narregan
Tap Dance to “Bad News” by Leon Bridges

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Landon Mitchell & Ella Harris
“Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

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2022 98.3 THE COAST & 106.1 THE NEW QYQ YOUTH TALENT SHOW

SPONSORED BY: OFF THE WAHL PHOTOGRAPHY IN BUCHANAN

AUDITION SUBMISSION WINDOW: Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 12am through Saturday, July 30th, 2022 at 11:59pm.

HOW TO AUDITION: During the Audition Submission Window, student contestants from the age of 7 through 18 residing (home address) in Berrien County can submit their RAW, UNEDITED, UNMODIFIED VIDEO of MAXIMUM TEN MINUTES only at the designated contest page at 983thecoast.com & thenewqyq.com and in the appropriate age group for the contestant(s). These will be the only entry points for the contest for 2022.

On Monday, August 1, 2022 at Noon through Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 11:59pm, voting will take place online at 983thecoast.com and thenewqyq.com for the community to help choose which talent video they like best in each age category. A panel of local judges will review submissions independently and provide a score. All of the judges scores will be tabulated to select which submissions will win. In case of a tie, the community votes will be used to make the final winner decisions in any contests. Employees of the sponsor may enter the contest as judges will be independent persons not associated with the sponsor or station.

The top three talents will be announced on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, and will be invited to perform ON STAGE, LIVE at the Berrien County Youth Fair’s Mall Stage on Tuesday night, August 16th where each finalist will find out how they placed in the talent show.

Prizes: First place – $250, Second place – $150, and Third place – $100 

ANY QUESTIONS? CALL MATT: 269-925-1111.

Full Rules & Qualifications:

  • Person(s) must be between the ages of 7 and 18 years by August 16, 2022.
  • Person(s) must reside (physical home address) in Berrien County ONLY.
  • Entries will be accepted Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at midnight through Saturday, July 30th, 2022 at 11:59pm ONLY.
  • Contestants may have an instrumental accompanist, but the accompanist will not be judged.
  • A contestant can submit a video in only ONE performance, ONE age group.
  • Each act of every age category must be limited to TEN minutes in length. Acts going over that time will be eliminated.
  • Videos will only be allowed for submission during the contest period and from the appropriate age group submission form at 983thecoast.com and thenewqyq.com.
  • Videos may be uploaded as your technology/account permissions will allow from sources including YOUTUBE, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER, or direct file upload to the submission form from your phone or computer. Videos may NOT be submitted any other way.
  • Submitted videos should NOT be fully produced, containing adjustments/edits/auto-tuning/alterations in any way; all submissions should be RAW and UNEDITED in nature as if you were performing in public.
  • The judging will be based the number of votes earned per contestant and in case of a tie the PEOPLE’S CHOICE VOTES during the official online voting period at 983thecoast.com and thenewqyq.com will be the deciding factor.
  • There will be three age categories:  7-10, 11-14, & 15-18 years. If a group has several different ages combined, the group must compete in the age category of the oldest member.
  • The end results are final.
  • If chosen as 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place, you agree to let 98.3 The Coast and its’ sponsors use your name and/or likeness for publicity.
  • Winners must perform at the Berrien County Youth Fair on stage Tuesday, August 16, 2022.
  • 2021 1st place winners cannot compete again in the same age category.
  • Contestants may only win 1st place ONCE for each age category during their lifetime.
  • Prize dollars will be mailed within 30 days of contest decision, and will be in check form. Checks will be sent to the parent or guardian, unless student is age 18.
  • Acts with multiple winners involved in a talent submission will be responsible for splitting their prize winnings fairly and equally, and 98.3 The Coast is not responsible for internal disputes involving prize dollars.
  • Prize dollars are awarded in each age group as follows for 2022: First place – $250, Second place – $150, and Third place – $100

2021 Winners:

7-10 Year Old

  • Amelia Plummer
    • Age 9, Stevensville
    • TALENT: Singing
      1. “Colors of the Wind” – Judy Kuhn (from Disney’s Pocahontas)
  • Makayla Mitchell(Due to circumstances out of their control, they’re not able to attend)
    • Age 8, Buchanan
    • TALENT: Singing
      1. “Castle on a Cloud” – Isabelle Allen (from Les Misérables)
  • Sylvie Moersch
    • Age 10, St Joseph
    • TALENT: Dancing
      • “If the World was Ending” – JP Saxe & Julia Michaels

11-14 Year Old

  • Miriam Jordan
    • Age 12, Coloma
    • TALENT: Cello Solo
      1. “Julie-O” – Mark Summers
  • Sinai Fonua
    • Age 13, St Joseph
    • TALENT: Singing
      1. “ Almost is Never Enough” – Ariana Grande
  • Logan Mitchell
    • Age 12, Buchanan
    • TALENT: Singing
      • “When I Am Older” – Josh Gad (as Olaf from Frozen 2)

15-18 Year Old

  • Madison Sutherland
    • Age 17, St Joseph
    • TALENT: Singing & Playing Guitar
      1. “Put Your Records On” – Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Bailee Lowery
    • Age 18, Watervliet
    • TALENT: Singing
      1. “I Won’t Let Go” – Rascal Flatts
  • Alyssa Hyska
    • Age 17, Watervliet
    • TALENT: Musical Theater Dance
      • Girl Scout – Dana Steingold (from Beetlejuice the Broadway Musical)


The 2020 Winners:

In the 7-10 age group:
1st place – Eva Olson, age 8, singing I Choose You by Alessia Cara ($200 prize winner)
2nd place – Violet Glisson, age 8, singing It’s A Hard Knock Life from Annie ($100 prize winner)
3rd place – Elaina Tollas, age 9, singing Blown Away from Carrie Underwood ($50 prize winner)

In the 15-18 age group:
1st place – Grace Newman, age 15, signing and performing a Disney Mashup ($200 prize winner)
2nd place – Alana Voglewede, age 15, singing Pur Dicesti, O Bocca Bella by Antonio Lotti ($100 prize winner)