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During the month of November, CHOPPS American Bar and Grill welcomed top local talent to the CHOPPS stage for the first annual Burlington Idol competition. The top fifteen finalists were selected among dozens of online submission videos and competed live on the stage for the month-long competition. Burlington Idol kicked off on Monday, November 5 with fifteen performers, and continued every Monday in November.

A panel of celebrity judges, led by award-winning singer/songwriter and Burlington Idol host Jay Psaros, cast their votes live to determine the singers that advanced to the next round. Performances were judged on their technical ability, stage presence, and crowd reaction. Guests were also invited to watch the performances and cast their vote live. The contestent with the most audience votes in rounds 1, 2, and 3 advanced to the next round as the fan-favorite.

Burlington Idol finalists: Lisa Fantini, Molly Kulpris and Morgan Minsk. Photo courtesy of CHOPPS American Bar and Grill.  

The top three contestants, Lisa Fantini, Molly Kulpris, and Morgan Minsk, performed at the finale on November 26. After an evening of exceptional talent from all three performers, Molly Kulpris was named the first Burlington Idol. Molly Kulpris’ prizes included a $500 cash prize, an overnight stay for two at Boston Marriott Burlington, and a video session with Jay Psaros. The runner up, Morgan Minsk, was awarded a $250 cash prize, dinner for four at CHOPPS, and a consultation with PB&J Records, and the second runner-up, Lisa Fantini won $50 to CHOPPS. All three finalists were invited back to perform at the CHOPPS bar.

  Stay-tuned for upcoming events and performances at CHOPPS in Burlington!