On May 24th the fourteen finalists of the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition competed in a televised event broadcast on Nine PBS. Students vied for $50,000 in college scholarships, cash awards and special prizes. A full list of prizes and winners along with official event information can be found on the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s website. This year’s competition winners were revealed at the conclusion of the Nine PBS broadcast.
$8,000 First place prize underwritten by Ameren Corporation Charitable Trust
Troy Staten, Vocalist
McCluer High School
Performing “Not My Father’s Son” from the musical Kinky Boots
$6,000 Second place prize underwritten by John Russell
Aubory Bugg, Vocalist & Guitarist
Granite City High School
Performing “If You Were Rain” by Stephen Day
$4,000 Third place prize underwritten by Sally Johnston
Ultralight Beam, Contemporary Dancers
Amani Goodson (Parkway North High School), Amiyah Harlan (Parkway Central High School),
Amaiya Knuckles-Johnson and Ravyn Stubblefield (Hazelwood Central High School),
Amiyah McClure (University City High School) and Anijah Warlick (Cardinal Ritter College Prep)
Performing to “Ultralight Beam” by Kanye West
The $1,000 cash Audience Choice Award went to singer Lucy Schene from Kirkwood High School
The panel of judges are performing arts professionals with careers spanning film, the recording industry, television and Broadway. They judged the acts on interpretation, stage presence, technical ability and originality. Each of the finalists’ acts were filmed on stage at the Fabulous Fox stage for this special program. The professionally produced show was written and directed by Tony Parise (Broadway actor, dancer, director, and choreographer). Acts were also advised by musical director Stephen Neale, and choreographer Yvonne Meyer Hare (Professional Dance Center).
Immediately, following the broadcast, viewers were invited to view a special After-Party streamed on Nine PBS Facebook Live, where they voted for the winner of the $1,000 cash Audience Choice Award. The After-Party was hosted by Christina Jones (2017 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Winner) who announced additional special awards and prizes. DemBari Taneh (2020 winner of the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition) returned to perform a freestyle hip hop dance. After his performance, Taneh announced the 2021 winner of the Audience Choice Award to close out the celebration.
Nine PBS will rebroadcast the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finals on Saturday, May 29 at 3 pm, and Sunday, May 30, 9:30 am and 2 pm. The Competition will also be available to stream online at ninepbs.org/teentalent. The after-party is still available to stream on the Nine PBS Facebook page. This special presentation was supported by Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, providing the opportunity for the Final Competition to continue.
Pre-registration for the 12th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition is now open. Additional information about this event and other programs can be found at the Foundation’s website.