Leo Miller wins Orcas Has Talent junior competition

Breakdancer Leo Miller is the Orcas Has Talent Junior winner. He will perform Feb. 7.

Another group of island performers have earned their golden ticket.

Orcas Has Talent is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and eight hopeful singers and musicians will compete for $500 during the finale show on Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Orcas Center.

This past weekend, the Orcas Has Talent Junior competition was held prior to adult auditions. Leo Miller, a young breakdancer, won the junior title and $50 with his killer moves. He will perform at the finale show.

The adults moving on are singers Carl Burger, Cali Bagby, Arianna Dean, Stormy Hildreth, Brianna Rose and Wade Lucas, Susan Weiss and violinists Sasha Hagen and Michael Harlow.

After 10 years, organizer Donna Laslo says there is always room for a few changes. So this season there will be new coaches to help participants blossom, more prizes in the competition and a fresh way to decide who the winner is.

This year’s coaches/judges are Susan Osborn, Jake Perrine and Ken and Karen Speck. A certain percentage of the judges’ votes will be tallied with the audience for evenness. The winner will receive $500.

“The audience still has the power,” said Laslo. “But it will be balanced with the judges’ final decisions. That way someone can win points with talent, poise and stage presences rather than general popularity with the crowd.”

The show sells out each year in record time. Tickets are on sale now at Darvill’s Bookstore.

Orcas Has Talent benefits the high school leadership group called Point Blank, which aims to inspire youth leadership and nurture the positive influence of peers educating peers.

Each year the group participate in multiple programs with the goal to inform, educate, support and empower students to make positive choices.

Cali Bagby contributed to this article.