WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Eric Dittelman had no trouble reading the crowd Saturday night, as he was performing for his old congregation at their "Night of Amazement."
The Westborough High School graduate said he wasn't sure of exactly who would be there. That was about all he didn't know. The "America's Got Talent" semifinalist left the crowd of more than 300 with quizzical looks upon their faces and the constant question: "How did he do that?"
"It's always nice to perform locally for all the people who've supported you," he said. "I get to do what I love to do for all of these people, who apparently love what I do as well."
Dittelman guessed cards picked at random, first crushes, Halloween costumes, Hanukkah gifts and much more. He said he just planned on going out and "doing his thing," rather than adjust the performance for his congregation.
"I try to keep myself separate from the crowd as not to set anything up or anything like that," he said. "What you see in the show is what you get."
Dittelman's performance was in conjunction with Congregation B'nai Shalom's annual fund-raiser, which included a silent auction and a 50-50 raffle.
The fund-raiser was held at the castle-themed Sheraton Hotel in Framingham, which coordinator Rob Sternburg said was mainly due to extra space. Last year's event was held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westborough.
"We definitely met our goal and we're happy for that," said Sternburg, who noted the plans have been ongoing since September.
"It was just perfect, they were very accommodating to us."