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The votes are in! After more than 1,700 people sang their hearts out in their homes — and some even on their boats in open water — and sent in videos to enter the AARP Superstar Singing Contest, we have a winner!
Maggie Delaney-Potthoff, 66, of Madison, Wisconsin, who captured voters’ hearts — and clicks — with her irresistible versions of “What a Wonderful World” and “My Favorite Things,” is AARP's 2020 winner. Cue the applause!
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"It was fun!” says Delaney-Potthoff, a fan of James Taylor and Brasil ‘66, who was wowed by the other Superstar contestants’ videos. “What I liked about it was just the soulfulness of these singers saying, ‘Hey, I love to sing, I'm gonna do this!’ We're in COVID times, so they were in their bedrooms, singing in front of their hanging clothes; they were in their living rooms. One gal said, ‘Excuse my COVID hair.’ You know, it's just, we're all in this together. We're all in the same boat dealing with the same thing. I think this contest is more organic than America's Got Talent."
From gypsy jazz to superstar singer
Delaney-Potthoff says she's sung all her life, and for years in Wisconsin's popular Gypsy-jazz band Harmonious Wail. “We do livestreaming concerts every Friday night, and we're going to pop a cork to AARP at our next concert (Sept. 18, 7 p.m., Central time). We're dedicating ourselves to songs that continue to reach out and lift people's spirits."