Opening Round Results For ‘Talent’ Announced

Two contestants, Mia Raj and Mark Bailey, were eliminated following Monday’s opening round of the ninth annual “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” competition at The Spire Theater. Pictured are the judges for this year’s contest. From left are Ylsa Maj, Jamie Lee, Paul Clemente, Heather Skuggen and Steve Davis. P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti

With the Week One results of this year’s Chautauqua’s Got Talent” competition at The Spire Theater too close to call on a number of fronts, producers have opted to eliminate only two contestants.

Those contestants to be eliminated from competition are Mia Raj and Mark Bailey, narrowing the contestant pool advancing into Week Two to 20. Attendees of the ninth annual talent competition’s opening night Monday were asked to vote for their Top 10 choices of the 22 acts that showcased an array of talents including singing, various dance styles, and performances on guitars, keyboards, ukuleles and an electronic drum set.

Angelo Giuffre, co-producer, said more eliminations after Week One were intended, but the votes received made it difficult to determine which contestants would be going home.

“We decided to only send to home two (contestants) because the next six were very close and or tied,” he said.

Advancing to next week’s competition will be Jackie Beilata, Ryanne Smith, Olivia Gren, Jayla Brock, Brandon Frederick Callender, Avryiana Atwater, Leisha Arthurs, Devin Bielata, Jubal Samuelson, Mia Rowe, Karle Christoph, Kayle Dean, Angel Rodriguez, Ayrianna Brady, Jillian VanHouten, Miranda Wilcox, Yadilex Mareara, Dylan Carlson, Amanda Forbes and Jeana Wolf.

There are four remaining rounds of competition, which will be held each Monday at 7 p.m. through April 2.

Presale tickets to individual shows are $7, and are available for purchase through the Labyrinth Press Company, located at 10 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown, or online at A pass to attend all five competition nights is also available at the aforementioned locations for $30. Individual tickets on performance nights are available at the door for $9.

The Spire Theater is located at 317 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information on auditions, or this year’s “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” competition, contact The Spire Theater at 450-7357, or by email at