Radio Disney calls for talent

LYNNWOOD — Radio Disney is coming to Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood on Saturday, in search of the next child star.

The Radio Disney Superstar Kidz Talent Search is seeking children 14 and younger to sing on an upcoming Walt Disney Records CD release, said Brenda Golstein-Young, promotions director with KKDZ Radio Disney (1250 AM) in Seattle.

This is the first time Radio Disney has come to the Puget Sound area searching for talent, she said. It’s the second year of the contest.

The organization is holding a qualifying event 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Alderwood Mall food court, sponsored by the mall and Nordstrom. Another audition will be at the same location 1-3 p.m. April 3. Registration at both events begins at noon.

Contestants will sing a two-minute excerpt karaoke-style from one of five pre-selected songs. Song lists are available at Nordstrom stores in the children’s wear and children’s shoes sections, and include "So Yesterday" by Hilary Duff and "Are You Happy Now" by Michelle Branch.

Three finalists will be selected from Saturday’s audition. Three additional finalists will be chosen from the April 3 audition. These six will join three finalists from a March 13 audition for a final competition 3-5 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Seattle Center’s Whirligig, an annual carnival for kids.

At Whirligig, a guest panel of judges will chose one local winner to receive a trip to Disneyland and compete nationwide for the chance to go to Hollywood for a studio recording session with a music producer and be featured in an upcoming Walt Disney Records CD release.

Snohomish resident Josh Johnston, 14, made it to the finals at the March 13 Alderwood Mall audition after singing "Are You Happy Now." He joins two other Puget Sound area finalists, Kait Raymond, 12, of Bow and Olivia Spokoiny, 9, of Issaquah.

"I was really nervous at first, but once I got onstage, I totally warmed up to the audience and felt like I was supposed to be there," Josh said.

Now he’s looking forward to competing at the Whirligig event.

"I’m going to practice my song a ton and warm up my voice — I’m nervous and excited," he said.

For more information on the contest, go to Radio Disney’s Web site,

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