I don't know about you, but I couldn't believe how hot it was this past weekend! The heat was so unbearable that I thought that Sunday's auditions were going to have to be postponed. After much debate, we decided that the show must go on - which ended up working out in our favor because once the sun set, it turned into a nice summer's night on the beach.

With the most amount of contestants that we had all summer, it was a great closing week to the audition period of the 2016 Big Joe Jersey Talent Show. The audience always has a tough decision to make when it comes to voting for who will make it into the semi-finals, and this week had to have been even harder because this was the last time they get to vote towards the winner of the overall competition. Congratulations to Mary Schuld, Mackenna McLaughlin and Deena Alberti!

Lastly, I’d like to say thank you to our sponsors, who we wouldn’t be able to do the talent show without. Portrait Recording Studios, who is giving out a priceless grand prize of a recording package, which includes full audio recording and mixing for a single song, a recorded and edited video for that song, and much more! World Wide Piano of Edison, who is giving away an acoustic Hallet Davis & Co. 45″ studio piano. And BuyDig.com, who gets to spend every Sunday night with the Jersey Prize Team, giving out beach goodies and coupons for their website, which sells almost every electronic imaginable and offers free shipping! And the gorgeous trophies that will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place performers are donated by Ironbound Trophies of Lacey.

And now the true competition begins! The next two Sundays, August 21st and August 28th, will showcase the best of this year's talent show. Our celebrity judges will narrow down the playing field from 25 to 13 entertainers competing for the grand prize. Make sure you come out to Jenkinson's in Point Pleasant to see all of the action before the 2016 Big Joe Jersey Talent Show FINALS on September 4th!