It’s like American Idol but for Long Island kids and teens.
That’s one of the best ways to describe the yearly Suffolk’s Got Talent competition, which is gearing up for 2019.
The program, co-hosted by Suffolk County Crime Stoppers, Music Idol USA and Copiague Community Cares, searches for the best local entertainers, singers, musicians, dancers aged between 10 to 17 years old to perform in a one-day competition.
Like the popular television program American Idol, judges will choose the top acts. The best will head home with top prizes.
According to the event organizers, the competition is all “about promoting self-esteem, build confidence, develop life skills, and inspire positive motivation in our youth.
“This activity also helps to bring the coalitions across our county together as a county-wide community,” said Teri Kroll, of Copiague Community Cares. “We will continue to strengthen our organizations and together combat the opioid heroin epidemic by helping our young children to make positive and healthy decisions.”
Suffolk’s Got Talent is scheduled for Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at Smithtown’s Napper Tandy’s.
Before making it to the main stage, auditions will be held on Monday, July 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the same venue.
This will be the third year the three non-for-profits are teaming up for this type of an event. And the history stretches even before that.
“In 2014, we teamed up with Music Idol USA to create a similar program called, Town of Babylon’s Got Talent,” said Janet Lombardo, creator of Suffolk’s Got Talent. “Over 50 middle school students performed on the big stage at Tanner Park in Copiague.”
Top: A contestant from a year prior’s Suffolk’s Got Talent. (Courtesy)