Ford, who sang "No Reason at all," was amongst the 22 finalists chosen from an audition pool of 64 contestants.
Kristen Murphy from Bellmore, who sang "Popular," took first place, while Christina Cinnamo from Franklin Square, who sang "The Lady is a Tramp," finished in second.
The annual competition showcases the county’s most talented young stars between the ages of 13 and 19, according to county executive Ed Mangano. Previous winners include participants who moved on to American Idol fame - Kevin Covais (2003) and Robbie Rosen (2009).
Other finalists include:
- Alessandra Mannino, of West Hempstead
- Christina Cinnamo, of Franklin Square
- Jackie Cotumaccio, of Roslyn
- Caity DiBattista, of New Hyde Park
- Dari Goldman, of Oceanside
- Amanda Goldstein, of Plainview
- Taylor Hogan, of Massapequa Park
- Bridget Iaboni, of Levittown
- Anna Le Petri, of Rockville Centre
- Alyssa Lopez, of Levittown
- Emily Lutz, of Carl Place
- Rachel Margolin, of Massapequa Park
- Kristen Murphy, of Bellmore
- Alyssa Pallotta, of East Meadow
- Joanna Pisciotta, of Massapequa
- Ashley Shapiro, of Oceanside
- Samantha Siclari, of Levittown
- Samuel Tesch, of Roslyn
- Christina Tramantana, of Wantagh
- Riley Walsh, of Westbury