The energetic crowd at Monday's Shine the Spotlight on Me talent show cheered on a young break dancer, a teen who rapped with a Scottish accent, baton twirlers, a Justin Bieber look-alike and numerous singers who belted out familiar tunes.
Monyae Rizzuto, an 11-year-old who'll be attending Park Middle School in the fall, showed off his break dancing in public for the first time.
He lit up the Kamiakin High School auditorium stage with glow-in-the-dark accessories and wowed the crowd as he popped and locked in sync with the music.
He was one of 16 acts competing in four different categories, and he ended up taking first place in the variety (open class) category.
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"It went really well," said Parker Hodge, who helped coordinate the talent showcase. "We harvest a lot of talent from here that will perform at First Night."
First Night Tri-Cities is the annual, family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration at Columbia Basin College. The talent show was a fundraiser for the First Night Tri-Cities organization and the Kamiakin High Dance Team.
The top prize of the night -- Best of Show -- went to Zach Burrell, a 2011 Pasco High graduate who writes and performs his own songs.
As he started strumming his guitar, he told the "ladies" in the audience: "If you've been hurt in the past, this song goes out to you."
Burrell also took first place in the vocal/instrumental category and won an automatic spot to perform at this year's First Night Tri-Cities.
Winner of the youth vocal category was Abigail Withers, a 10-year-old who took second place in the same category at last year's talent show. Abigail, dressed like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, sang Over the Rainbow.
Kaylee McClure, a 15-year-old sophomore at Kamiakin High, showed her vocal range with Listen from Dreamgirls. She took the first place trophy in the young adult vocal category.
The winner of the adult vocal category -- who also won the same division last year -- was KC Rosencrans.
Rosencrans, 22, channeled the soulful emotion of Adele while singing her hit, Rolling in the Deep. Rosencrans is also the lead singer for a local band, The Shades.
Gavin Dunn, a 12-year-old who played the piano while singing Maroon 5's hit, Sunday Morning, won the People's Choice award and received a gift certificate to Bob's Burgers & Brew.
In addition to the 16 competing acts, there were 10 other special performances. Guest or cameo performers included the Kamiakin High Dance Team, Miss Tri-Cities 2009 Jerrica Fowler, who is the reigning Miss Yakima County, Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen Janae Calaway and Miss Tri-Cities 2011 Kailee Dunn, and Monica Freshley, who won Best of Show in 2006.
Hodge, who is also a Herald employee, said talent show organizers tried to make sure there was "a little bit of everything" to keep the audience entertained.