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“American idol” singer and actress Pia Toscano to appear at Little Nest Portraits in Ridgewood

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August 7,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood

Ridgewood NJ, Little Nest Portraits in Ridgewood, NJ announced that “American Idol” singer and actress Pia Toscano will make a live appearance at the studio on Friday, August 18 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.  Pia has toured with J. Lo and recently released the EP “Belong.”  At the Little Nest event, Pia shares posing tips she’s learned from years in front of the camera.  Everyone will then have a chance to show his/her best side for Little Nest’s professional photographer.  Attendees receive a photo compliments of Little Nest to use on social media.  This free event is appropriate for all ages, from kids to grandparents.

Pia Toscano said that she’s “really excited to be partnering with Little Nest Portraits for this event! Being in the Entertainment Industry for 10 years I’ve learned plenty of styling secrets and working the camera tricks of the trade. I’m thrilled to be sharing this with the families of Bergen County and what better way to do it than in front of the talented photographers at Little Nest Portraits in Ridgewood! ”

Attendees can show up any time between the hours of 11:00 am and 12:30 pm.  Local businesses are scheduled to be on hand with giveaways plus Pia will raffle off a signed copy of her new CD.    Cupcakes by Carousel provides complimentary baby cakes and Panico Salon helps primp with camera-ready makeup and hair.  The Alkaline Water King will hand out free waters.  Little Skye Children’s Boutique has exclusive discounts for our new social media stars.

Little Nest Portraits is a national luxury boutique brand of photography studios specializing in maternity photography, newborn photography, and family portraits.  Little Nest’s Ridgewood studio is located at 168 E. Ridgewood Avenue.

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Ridgewood singer makes it to Hollywood with American Idol

Ridgewood  'American Idol' Caroline Byrne


Singing was something that burgeoned into a private talent for Ridgewood resident Caroline Byrne. Always too shy to perform in public, the 26-year-old mostly practiced at home until college, when her friends encouraged her to audition for television talent shows.

“My friends pretty much started telling me, ‘You would be crazy not to audition for one of these shows,’” recalled Byrne. “And I always thought to myself, ‘OK, when I’m ready.’”

After participating in preliminary competitions — the first that “lit a fire” under her was a contest in which the winner would be featured on a new track by Swedish DJ John Dahlback (she was runner-up) — Byrne leaped at the opportunity to audition for the 15th and last season of Fox’s singing competition “American Idol.”

And she earned that coveted golden ticket to Hollywood.

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Ridgewood N.J. singer’s audition to appear on ‘American Idol’ Next Wednesday night

Ridgewood  'American Idol' Caroline Byrne

CORRECTION: Caroline Byrne will appear next Wednesday or Thursday on “American Idol,” not the night of Wednesday, Jan. 13 as written below.

By Bobby Olivier | NJ Advance Media for
on January 13, 2016 at 4:14 PM, updated January 13, 2016 at 9:46 PM

PHILADELPHIA — As “American Idol” airs its Philadelphia auditions Wednesday night, New Jersey viewers will have a chance to hear one of their own.

Caroline Byrne, a sultry pop singer from Waldwick and Ridgewood, will appear in front of “Idol” judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. during the episode, and while viewers will need to tune in to see whether she advances to Hollywood, if she performs at all like her smoky single”Alive,” she’ll do just fine.

The 26-year-old’s new track boasts a sound similar to pop newcomer Tori Kelly, both in bass-heavy instrumentation and Byrne’s airy delivery.

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Report: Former ‘American Idol’ contestant arrested in Wyckoff


AUGUST 18, 2015, 12:32 PM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2015, 5:40 PM

WYCKOFF —  Former “American Idol” contestant Constantine Maroulis will face charges in court next week that he allegedly attacked his girlfriend in their township home and then violated a restraining order, according to the woman’s attorney and and an Us Weekly report.

Maroulis, a Ramapo High School graduate who grew up in Wyckoff, is accused of beating up Angelina Reed on Aug. 11 after she confronted him about an affair, her attorney, Steven J. Mandel, said in a statement. The couple, who met while performing in the musical “Rock of Ages,” have a 4-year-old daughter.

Reed called 911 and police, seeing her injuries, arrested Maroulis, Mandel said. She was granted a temporary restraining order that prohibited Maroulis from contacting her or their daughter, and barred him from their home, he said. Mandel also claimed that Maroulis has failed to pay child support for 15 months.

Maroulis, the sixth-place finalist in the fourth season of “American Idol,” broadcast in 2005, allegedly violated the restraining order with an email, which his representative told Us Weekly was sent to Reed by accident.