Our Judges

Joanne Feldman is an Emmy winning, certified broadcast meteorologist on Good Day Atlanta on FOX 5. She grew up in Marietta, a graduate of Lassiter High School. She then graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography before heading to the Masters program in Meteorology at Penn State University. Also an accomplished dancer, she danced her way onto the Miss Georgia stage as Miss Cobb County 1993 and as Miss University of Georgia 1994 - having placed 3rd runner up in the Miss Georgia pageant with her ballet en pointe performance.

After working for TV stations in California and North Carolina as a meteorologist and news anchor, Joanne returned home to Atlanta ten years ago to work for FOX 5. She has since won three Emmy awards for her weather coverage.

Joanne and her husband are the proud parents of two children - a son who is a junior at UGA and a daughter who is a company dancer with Atlanta Dance Theatre - having just performed the role of Clara in last month’s Nutcracker.

Victoria Hill, 19, received a $10,000 cash scholarship when she was named Miss Cobb County 2018 in the 60th anniversary pageant last August. She also received the $400 Donna Chastain talent scholarship for her well-executed operatic performance of “Chacun le Sait” from Donizetti’s “Daughter of the Regiment.” The contestants selected her for the $200 Lace Larrabee “Miss Congeniality” scholarship. She will represent Cobb County in the Miss Georgia Pageant in Columbus next June. A sophomore vocal performance major at Reinhardt University, she is a Zell Miller scholarship recipient and member of the dean’s list. She plans to obtain a master’s degree in vocal performance and become a successful professional opera singer. Victoria was the first place national winner for classical singing in the 2017 NATS (National Association Teachers of Singing) competition held at the University of Colorado. She also was the 2017 national winner for the prestigious George Shirley vocal competition at the University of Michigan and the Schmidt vocal competition at Palm Beach Atlantic University. For her role of Fiona in Reinhardt University’s production of “Brigadoon”, she has been nominated to compete for the national Irene Ryan acting scholarship. She also has special training in dance and piano. She is a dedicated volunteer for her community service platform, “Better Together, Inspiring Service Leadership with Kiwanis International” with a special emphasis on supporting the North Georgia Angel House. Other volunteer experiences include supporting the American Cancer Society and traveling to remote villages in Guatemala to work with doctors at medical missions. An accomplished artist and painter, she started her own business of creating and selling note cards with her paintings called “Victoria’s Creations” at the age of 12 years. She also loves acro-yoga, silent movies, crocheting, brewing kombucha, collecting records and cooking healthy food.

In 2011, Earl Reece was named Cobb County's Citizen of the Year. For thirty-three years, he was in public education...31 of those years in the Cobb County School System. During the last fourteen years of his career, he was the Director of the Cobb County Center for Excellence in Performing Arts magnet program at Pebblebrook High School. Due to his commitment to the arts and arts education, the theatre at Pebblebrook is named the Earl Reece Performing Arts Theatre.

Earl has been on the Board of Directors for the Marietta Kiwanis Club, the Cobb Arts Council, Cobb County Safety Village, Pebblebrook High School Foundation, the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, United Arts of Cobb, and on the Honorary Board of the Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre. In 2008, he was Co-Chair of the 175th birthday for Cobb County, and in 2009, he Co-Chaired the 175th Anniversary Celebration for the City of Marietta. In 2015, Earl was a recipient of The Legend Award by the Cobb County School System Foundation. In July of 2004, he retired from the Cobb School System and was named the Executive Director of the Earl Smith Strand Theatre. He retired from the Strand in 2014 and now enjoys spending time with his wife Terri and their son Riley, an 80 pound American Staffordshire Terrier. In the Reece household, every day is a snow day. He and Leigh Colburn were honored to receive the first Mirror Ball trophy at GMDT's inaugural Dancing With The Stars of Marietta competition.