Ask anyone at Blue Springs High School and they will tell you that Sam Aubuchon is a superstar.
The likeable junior is a standout swimmer, an award-winning violin player and singer and a former hockey player in the Jr. Mavs program, sponsored by the ECHL’s Kansas City Mavericks.
But Aubuchon isn’t just a Wildcat superstar, he is a KC SuperStar.
For the second year in a row, Aubuchon is a Top 10 finalist in the KC SuperStar “American Idol” type competition that awards a $10,000 scholarship to the best high school singer in the metro area. After auditions and semifinal competition, judges selected 10 finalists for the 7 p.m., Aug. 27 competition at Johnson County Community College. The competition is a fundraiser for the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.
While judges select the four finalists from the group of 10, audience members vote electronically for the winner.
“I wasn’t in the top four last year,” Aubuchon said, from the living room of his family’s Blue Springs home, “but I felt like a winner being named to the Top 10. I think about 200 kids auditioned, so to be in the Top 10 was really special.”
Although he was a member of the Top 10 last year, he said that gives him no advantage in 2017.
“I’m still excited and nervous, but being in the Top 10 last year really doesn’t mean anything this year because there will be new judges and all of that,” said Aubuchon, who sang a Demi Levoto song at last year’s event.
“This year, we get three songs and the judges select which one we will perform at the final competition. It makes sense, because you don’t want all 10 singers doing the same thing – ballads, pop songs, whatever – they want to make it fun and exciting for the singers and the audience.”
Aubuchon, who received his first No. 1 state rating last year while representing Blue Springs High School, has been on the stage since he was 11.
“My mom saw auditions for the city production of 'Oliver,' and took me down to audition,” he said, grinning. “It was my first real audition or performance and I got the role of Oliver. I’ve been stuck on singing and performing since that audition.”
When he’s not on stage, you might find him practicing with the Blue Springs High School swimming team. Last year at the state competition, he and teammates Jesse Maloney, Tim Schweizer and Zach Raines finished 31st in the 200-yard medley relay (1:45.47).
“I love swimming, and I want to do well for my team, but it is really time consuming, so I have to know how to make the most of all my time,” said Aubuchon. “I’m not taking private voice lessons now, but I am looking for a private teacher.
“And I have to make sure I spend enough time practicing my violin. I wasn’t in our last school musical, but I played Sir Harry, the womanizing knight, in ‘Once Upon a Mattress,’ when I was a freshman. I guess I really can act, because I’m not a womanizer at all (laughing).”
Aubuchon is excited about this year’s KC SuperStar competition because Broadway actress Megan Hilty, who played Glinda in the musical “Wicked,” opposite Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, will host.
“We’re all excited about the opportunity to perform with and sing for Megan Hilty,” Aubuchon said. “Anytime you have the opportunity to perform with someone who has appeared in a Broadway production, you get excited.”
While each of the Top 10 finalists will perform solos, they will also take part in group ensemble numbers with Hilty.
KC SuperStar is an annual fundraiser for The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. Proceeds from KC SuperStar help provide transportation, meals, education, camp, wellness programs and the arts to children, families, individuals and senior adults in the metro area.