Berkeley Stars sing and shine

Taking a page from “American Idol,” 12 Berkeley singers took the mic on the Zellerbach stage on a recent Friday to compete for the title of Berkeley’s Star 2014.

Fans filled the hall as the 12 crooned, belted and warbled their stuff in front of three judges, one of them the performer Sean Kingston. Kingston also performed, as did guest singer Lauren Weintraub. The event followed a month of auditions.

In the end, senior Grant Genske was declared the winner. He won a seven-day cruise an an audition for the RCI entertainment company. The contest was sponsored by Phi Kappa Psi, with proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland.

NewsCenter photographer Kevin Ho Nguyen caught the action. His photos follow.