Italian Idol Contest

For the eighth straight year, the St. Philip Neri Italian Festival will feature an Italian Idol Talent Contest. Qualifying auditions will be held in the Parish Center on Saturday, April 25, 2015 (between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.) and Thursday, April 30, 2015 (between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.). Please refer to the Contest Registration section found below for details.

DSC_0040The final round of competition will commence at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 16th during the Italian Festival. The performances will take place on the Outdoor Stage. Get seated early to cheer for your favorite contestants – it is always a suspenseful, thrilling competition. Good Luck to all of our talented competitors!!


Prizes & Divisions

                     Adult Division (Age 13 & Up) Junior Division (Ages 7 to 12)           
1st Prize: $200 and Trophy 1st Prize: $100 and Trophy
2nd Prize:  $150 and Trophy 2nd Prize: $75 and Trophy
3rd Prize:  $100 and Trophy 3rd Prize:  $50 and Trophy


Contest Registration

To take part in the competition, participants must register for the Italian Idol contest prior to the qualifying auditions. Auditions will take place in the Parish Center on Saturday, April 25, 2015 (between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.) and Thursday, April 30, 2015 (between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.). After registering, all applicants will be notified by phone as to when they should appear for their audition.

Registration for the Italian Idol contest may be completed in one of two ways.

  • Please return the Registration Form provided in the following link to the Parish Office.

Italian Idol Contest: Registration Form  OR

  • Please fill out the Online Form that may be found at the following link.

Italian Idol Registration

Contest Judges

(2015 Information Coming Soon)

As always, the contest will be judged by seasoned professionals that come from the world of entertainment. Each individual is eminently qualified for the job of choosing the acts with the best potential. It’s a daunting task, given the level of competition. The judges for the 2014 contest include:

Roger Cullis of Cullis Entertainment

Founder/President of Cullis Entertainment ~ Music and Video Producer

Creator of TV shows

Grammy-voting member of NARAS ~ Three-time winner of Charlotte Music Award

Co-Founder of Carolina Entertainment Network

Former guitarist with Stryder, Yellow Nelson & Redemption Theory

For additional information, please visit:

or view ad: Cullis Entertainment

Walter Stewart

Extensive experience in music industry in both the United states and Canada

Booking Agent ~ Road Manager ~ Record Producer ~ Published Songwriter ~ Judge of Talent Showcases

Member of the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Music Awards

Co-Founder of Carolina Entertainment Network

Works with artist Johnny Rivers and serves as GM of his Soul City Records

Walter’s contact info:

Jay Taylor

Disc Jockey for 91.7 WSGE Radio

Afternoon Host & Production Manager

27 Years Experience in Broadcasting (On-Air Radio, Sales & Management)

Advocate for Homeless



The Italian Idol Contest is made possible by many volunteers, for which we are extremely grateful. Special thanks are extended to the following individuals:

Chairperson: Roberta Whitaker

Auditions: Jennifer Miranda, Laura Faith Fortner & Tess Limoggio

Director: Jennifer Miranda

Producer: Melissa Inzerillo

Program: Jayne Adams

Sound Volunteers: Special thanks to Tom Donnelly, John Patyk and all of our outside volunteers.


Contact: Roberta Whitaker  |  803.370.0600  |