Students from Oregon, Saxton, and South Ocean middle schools competed last Friday evening for a spot in the final round of "Pat-Med's 'Hot' Talent" at .
More than 300 acts auditioned in the fall for a chance to perform as one of the 60 chosen in the 2012 Semi-Final Pat-Med "Hot" Talent competition.
Each act had 90 seconds to impress the judges with their talent in order to secure a place in the finals. This year's acts featured a variety of talents including singing, dancing, piano and guitar playing and even a routine featuring Chinese yo-yos.
"We tried to make this year's event as all-inclusive as possible - whether you sing or dance or whatever your talent may be," said Joann Biggs, co-coordinator for Idolmaker USA. "The judges had a really tough time this year narrowing down the semi-finalists."
Around 600 people watched the talent competition which included singing, dancing and piano playing.
Mark Manning, an eighth-grader at Saxton who won the competition in 2011, was invited to guest judge this year's event.
"It was very fun tonight being a judge," Mark said. "The finalists should make sure that they practice hard for the next round."
Manning co-judged along with celebrity singer Quiet Storm, celebrity choreographers Damaris and Stephanie Sampayo, and Jesse Pagano from WALK FM radio station.
The final round, featuring 40 finalists, will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10 at .
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