ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico youngster performing a comedy routine with a chef puppet while preparing Italian wedding soup is one of 38 finalists in the national and virtual Military Kids Got Talent content sponsored by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.

And he is looking for your vote by noon by Friday, Aug. 14.

Ian Collins, 12, of both Rio Rancho and Santa Fe, has joined entrants of all ages doing everything from singing, dancing, performing card tricks, gymnastics, playing musical instruments, ballet and of course comedy routines.

His gig is, while making Italian wedding soup, his puppet sidekick Luigi make bad jokes and comically interferes with Ian’s efforts. Collins, son of a retired military chaplain, attends the International Virtual Learning Academy and loves to cook, according to a news release. His father does the voice of Luigi off screen.

Visit hiddenheroes.org/talent for a gander at the 38 finalists in five age groups and note the performer’s initials. That is how you vote for them. For example, to vote for Ian Collins text IC to 512-855-6431. You can find a clip of his routine about 23 minutes in to a 30-minute video on the website.

The contest spotlights children and survivors of U.S. military service members and veterans when many milestones and celebrations have been canceled due to COVID-19, organizers said.

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“We are excited to be able to recognize them for who they are, and give them a chance to have fun sharing their special talents,” Steve Schwab, CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, said in a statement.

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