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Elburn teen nabs first place at talent contest

ELBURN – Nicole DiSandro, 14, knew her timing was off, and her throat may have been dry when it was her turn to perform Saturday at the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs talent contest in Springfield.

Admittedly her own toughest critic, the Elburn resident said her performance of “Gimme Gimme” from the musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” was good enough but not her best.

The judges thought differently. They awarded Nicole first place in the junior competition.

“I was so excited,” the teen said. “I was not expecting it.”

Nicole, along with 20-year-old Eric Luminais of Geneva, represented Kane County at the talent contest. They were the junior and senior division first-place winners in the Kane County Fair Talent Contest last summer.

Saturday, Luminais earned seventh place in the senior division for his flute solo titled “Three Beats for Beatbox Flute, Beats 1 & 2.”

“All of us from the Kane County Fair were very pleased to see our talent shine during this competition in Springfield,” Larry Rossi, coordinator of the Kane County Fair Talent Contest, said in a news release.

“It shows the tremendous amount of talent throughout the entire state and how our young people in Kane County are the best.”

Because of her win, Nicole was invited to perform at the Illinois State Fair from Aug. 8 to 19 in Springfield.

She expects to sing “Gimme Gimme” for that event as well. In the past, she’s sung the same songs to the point that she won’t listen to them anymore.

As for “Gimme Gimme” – which she performed in her eighth-grade musical last year – “it’s getting to that point, but it’s not there yet,” Nicole said. “My family’s pretty much done with it.”

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