Beltin’ out the tunes at Senior Idol

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Center stage: Crown Heights resident Darnley Browne took home the top prize after he performed his original song, “When I Do My Best,” at state Sen. Marty Golden’s annual Senior Idol competition on Saturday.
Belt it out: Lillybeth Hanson performed Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness.”
Judgment day: Senior Idol contestents Cary Weiner, left, and Elizabeth Silva, far right, pose with judge Joseph Loposky.
No stage fright here: Randy Litz showed off his chops when he sang “There Ain’t No Way We Were Anymore.”
Round of applause: State Sen. Marty Golden clapped for the contestants at his 11th-annual Senior Idol competition.
Elvis lives: Cary Weiner sang the king’s “Don’t Be Cruel” in full regalia.
Winnter takes all: Darnley Browne stayed humble when he was announced the winner of the Senior Idol competition.

These elders sang some oldies for the 11th-annual Senior Idol competition.

Brooklyn’s oldest, wisest, and most talented turned out to Xaverian High School on Oct. 28 for the, which was sponsored by state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge). It was a prime opportunity for seniors who could carry a tune to show off and get some well-deserved recognition, according to one participant.

“It was great. It was the first time in my almost 80 years that I got something for singing,” said this year’s winner, Crown Heights resident Darnley Browne. “It gave us seniors a chance to show our talents.”

Browne, who said he started singing for fun in 1999, went home with a $500 cash prize this year for his performance of his own original song, “When I Do My Best.”

A panel of three judges judged the dozen senior finalists, who had to first perform at the audition round last month. At the competition, they performed tunes by Otis Redding, Elvis, and Cher, among others. And all participants went home with a Certificate of Appreciation.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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