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Video: Gravesend Resident Wins Senior Idol Competition


Fifty-six-year-old Nunzio Franzese won the 4th Annual Senior Idol competition this weekend, nabbing a $500 prize for his crooning of “Mack the Knife.”

The annual competition was put on by State Senator Marty Golden’s office and AARP Chapter 5055 at Xavarian High School in Bay Ridge. Former radio and TV host Joe Franklin served as emcee, and former WCBS FM disc jockey Don K. Reed was the celebrity guest judge.

We didn’t make it to the show, but luckily some digitally-capable attendees did. A YouTube user pbourbou captured the performance (above), while student journalist Evan MacDonald, from Columbia University’s local news site Brooklyn Ink, produced the excellent audio slideshow below. In MacDonald’s piece, Franzese talked about winning, and his singing experience.

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  1. Thank you, I was thinking the same thing.

    Now where’s my cane, I’m going to give my piece of my mind (that is, what’s left of my almost 55 year old mind) to the organizer of that horrid thing. Probably some youngun under 30, you know how they are.

    Damn whippersnappers.

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