Italian Idol


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Festa Favorite, “Italian Idol” Rocks On!


Think you have the vocal chops to be this year’s Italian Idol? One of Festa Italiana’ s most popular features – the Italian Idol competition – is back again this year. Co-Managers, Sandy Winard and Andrew Etier, are thrilled to announce the show is back on the “big stage,”  the Cucina Showcase Stage, sponsored by the Bartolotta Restaurants.


Italian Idol is an amateur singing contest featuring all genres of music. Contestants must be 14 years of age and have some degree of vocal ability. Registration is on-site only, begins on Friday and Saturday, at 6 p.m., and will continue until there are 16 registered contestants for that evening’s show. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8:15 pm, and the Sunday show is also at 8:15 pm.


At the time of registration, competitors will select their songs to perform from the extensive karaoke repertoire of Kim Marie and will compete in random order.


A panel of judges will select four finalists and an alternate from the Friday and Saturday shows. These finalists will receive return tickets to Festa Italiana to compete for the cash prizes at the Sunday evening show. The eight finalists will sing for a chance to win $1,000 in cash prizes on Sunday night.






$500 for first place

$300 for second place

$200 for third place!




In the Sunday show, finalists will perform two songs. The first song will be of the contestant’s own choosing. The second song will be a portion of an Italian song selected by the managers of the competition.


“Competitors are encouraged to bring friends and family to show their support. Audience reaction has an impact on the judges’ scoring”, says Andrew Etier, Italian Idol co-manager. Italian Idol has always provided fun, entertainment, and lots of excitement. Serving as the show’s emcee since its beginning, Sandy Winard looks forward to another great competition, “Every year, we have more people wanting to compete in Italian Idol, and many audience members from the Friday and Saturday shows return for the Sunday show to cheer on their favorite”. Winard added, “I’m always as excited as everyone else when I’m handed the list of winners to announce.”



For more details, contact Sandy Winard at, or call 262-573-7222.




 Italian Idol’s 2017 Winner…

Madeline Francesca Keane!



Alexis Monroe, Second Place (left), Madeline Francesca Keane, First Place (middle), Mark Koch, Third Place. All of our 2017 winners are Milwaukee natives. Who knew our city had so much talent!



Thank you to our Sponsors!

Thank you to Nicholas Enea – President, WFA-Asset Management Corp. and supporting sponsor R&R Insurance – Jeff Thiel. This wouldn’t be possible without your support!



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