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posted Friday, April 8, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 14
Seattle Pride Idol stuns in second week
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Seattle Pride Idol stuns in second week

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Oh, what a night!

The April 3 R&B-infused Seattle Out & Proud Pride Idol was full of smooth sounds and big prizes. The competition was turned up a notch with the best round of performances yet!

Pride Idol is a citywide singing contest produced and presented by SO&P, Verizon Wireless, FUZE, Seattle's Best Karaoke, and Seattle Gay News every Sunday night at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway) and is hosted by Gaysha Starr. Doors open at 6 p.m. where contestants sign up to sing in 7 p.m. competition. The grand finale is scheduled for June 19, where a winner will be chosen as Seattle's 2011 Pride Idol!

The judges' panel was augmented by the super-sexy and oh-so-talented DJ/producer Almond Brown, who joined me, Sister Domine Trix and her hair (big, big, hair), and the adorable and luscious Kitty Corset to vote to advance one contestant to the Wildcard round, and another to the Grand Finale.

Starting off the night was Richard Sanchez, the man behind the makeup and fashion that is local drag personality Victoria. Richard sang the very ambitious 'One Moment in Time' by Whitney Houston. Although he didn't advance to the next round of competition, Richard gave the song all he had, and it was a great way to begin the evening's competition.

Michael Allen, contestant number two, was absolutely adorable! He gave us personality, style, and his song choice was impeccable. Singing Brian McKnight's 'Back 2 One' he wowed the audience and the judges with a wonderful rendition of the R&B favorite.

Returning from last week's show, contestant number three, Zoe Dixon, broke from the theme to belt out a hauntingly beautiful version of 'Uninvited' by Alanis Morisette. Zoe won last week's Wildcard slot and will compete for a place in the Grand Finale. She has vowed to keep coming back to win and become Seattle's next Pride Idol!

The Pride Idol family absolutely loves Ryan Crawford. Ryan was a fan favorite from last year's season and returned Sunday night to sing Lauren Hill's 'Nothing Even Matters.' Ryan is an absolute joy to watch perform and has charm for days.

Next up to the mic was another return performer from last week's competition, Christina Brewer. Christina came to win as she effortlessly belted out 'Summertime,' an R&B classic. The performance left the audience spellbound as she bowed to nearly two minutes of uninterrupted applause.

Part comedy, part camp, and a lot of cuteness made Angel Chris a fan favorite instantly. Angel is an acrobat in Le Faux at Julia's on Broadway. He recently suffered an ankle injury, but not one to be kept out of the spotlight, entered Pride Idol. He delivered a fun version of the Temptation's classic 'My Girl' in which he changed the lyrics to mention Sister Domine Trix. Thanks for being such a great sport, Angel!

Seattle newcomer Eric performed the Sam Cook classic 'You Send Me' to perfection.

Donta Rogers returned to close the show for a second week in a row. We adore Donta. He's got energy, moxie, and is one of our favorite Idol contestants. He ended the show on a high note, singing the 2010 hit 'Forget You' by Cee Lo Green. I can't wait to see what he sings this week!

Two guest performers stopped by, and the audience just couldn't get enough. The fabulous Vera Vera Anduval and fun Jada Lumpia made perfect bookends to a wonderful night of community competition.

This was a tough one to judge, folks; everyone did such an amazing job. But there can only be two who advance, and we voted to send Christina Brewer to the Grand Finale and Michael Allen to the Wildcard round. Great job, you two!

This year, Pride Idol is themed!

April 10: Gospel Night
April 17: Diva Night
April 24: '80s Night
May 1: Pop Culture Night
May 8: Latino Night
May 15: Country Music Night
May 29: Soundtrack Night
June 5: Burlesque Night

You don't have to choose songs that go with that night's theme, but it is highly encouraged. Also, remember to dress the part - you are performing, after all - and try to win over the judges and audience alike.

Each week there is a nightly prize of $100 for first place, a Verizon Wireless Bluetooth Device and a spot in the Wildcard round for second place, and two VIP tickets to Le Faux at Julia's on Broadway for third.

Who's going to take home the Pride Idol trophy and prizes this year? Why not you? You can sign up in person the night of the competition or online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/162931. There is a $10 fee to enter the contest.

This year's Grand Finale prize package is very attractive: $300 will go to third place, $500 to second place, and first prize is $1,000 and a Verizon Wireless phone with two round-trip tickets to the continental U.S. and Canada aboard Delta airlines (courtesy of Orbitz), and a chance to perform aboard the SO&P float during the Seattle Pride Parade, June 26.

Come out and sing! Show us what you got and become Seattle's next Pride Idol!

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