Coney’s got talent! Brooklynites put on a seaside show

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Belt it out: Singer Monica Hershkovich sang her way to second place in the 13-17-year-old competition.
Scorcher: Singer Christina Brennan shows the crowd what she’s got on a hot day on the Boardwalk.
Sweatin’: Dancers Brazil Anstar and Sean Bonnano did not take home a prize — but still gave it their all.
Bring the heat: The appropriately named rap group All Year Summer performs a tune for the crowd.

Talk about a hot performance!

Exhibitionists braved the heat on the Boardwalk to give an equally brave crowd one scorching presentation at the Seventh Annual Coney Island Talent Show on July 23. The mercury topped 95 degrees that afternoon, but the competition really heated up as temperatures cooled down in the evening, an organizer said.

“It was really a great show and a good crowd — it got bigger towards the end, because it was so hot out, but we still had a great turnout,” said Jen Gapay of Thirsty Girl Productions.

A few performers dropped out because of the heat, Gapay said, but more than 30 competed in total. Contestants were divided into three age groups: 9–12-year-olds, 13–17-year-olds, and 18-and-over.

Singing sisters Leah and Kayla Kun won first place in the youngest group for their rendition of Meghan Trainor’s “Lips Are Movin’ ” — and they took home some goodies from Lola Star Boutique on the Boardwalk for winning best costume. The winners of the 13–17-year-old group were the dance duo Standing Ovation.

A pair of Spanish tourists and tango dancers in New York for vacation won the adults’ contest. The show attracted performers from Brooklyn’s outer boroughs and far-off New Jersey, but the Iberian Peninsula natives travelled the furthest by far to get to Coney Island, according to Gapay.

First-prize winners each took home $250 in cash and day passes to the parks in the amusement district. Runners-up got $100 and day passes, and third-place finishers received $50 and tickets to some of the local amusements.

This year’s celebrity judges were singer Broadway Brassy, musician Kenball, and dancer Darlinda Just Darlinda, Gapay said.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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