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posted Friday, May 13, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 19
Latin Night contestants sing twice at Pride Idol
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Latin Night contestants sing twice at Pride Idol

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Latin Night at Pride Idol was muy caliente as six contestants sang two songs each for a chance to win $100! Some of them sang in English while others sang in Spanish, to deliver one of the best Pride Idol shows 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., when contestants can sign up to sing in the 7 p.m. competition. The grand finale is scheduled for June 19, where a winner will be chosen as Seattle's 2011 Pride Idol!

This week, Seattle's very own DJ Dana Dub joined the judging panel of Sister Domine Trix (who seems to be wearing less and less each week), Kitty Corset (recently known as Kitty Kitty Bang Bang), and me to choose who would move on to the next round of competition.

We love the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence! Contestant number one, the Sisters' very own Sister Vixxen, sang (in Spanish) 'Juana La Cubana' and 'Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.' Sister Vixxen is a true performer through and through. She sang, danced, and entertained us from beginning to end. Shine on, Vixxen!

Jennifer O'Brien returned to the Pride Idol stage to deliver two strong performances. The first, Selena's 'Amor Prohibido,' was stunning, and the Gay anthem 'I Will Survive' had everyone singing along and cheering.

Representing Gay City, Victor Cruz came to win. Singing Marc Anthony's 'I Need to Know' and Mike Posner's 'Cooler Than Me,' Victor easily won over the audience and judges as he was advanced to the Wildcard round where he will get another chance to win a spot in the finale. Good luck, Victor!

Contestant number four, Lori Woodbury, strayed from the theme to sing Robin's 'Dancing on My Own' and 'Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend' by Marilyn Monroe. Lori gave two truly unique performances, and although she did not advance to the next round of competition, we would love to have her return and compete again.

Pride Idol fan favorite Zoe Dixon won the top spot at Latin Night with two very strong performances. The win was extra-special because (since it was Mother's Day) her mother and father were in the audience to watch their daughter win $100 and a spot in the finale. Zoe sang 'Smooth' by Santana featuring Rob Thomas and 'You Oughta Know' by Alanis Morissette.

Contestant number six, Osiel Lazo, gave a good effort, but unfortunately, due to cold symptoms, was unable to perform two songs. Come back and sing for us again, Osiel!

When it comes to guest entertainers, Yee-Shin Huang, has quickly become a fan favorite. This week, Yee-Shin sang 'Dile al Amor' by Aventura and delivered a solid performance. Sexy, talented, and a joy to watch, Yee-Shin is one of Seattle's best up-and-coming vocalists.

Penelope Diaz is a true Seattle gem. She lights up any stage she is on and always brings the house down with high-energy numbers, beautiful costumes, and talent. Penelope delivered once again on Sunday, and the audience couldn't get enough.

Making her Pride Idol debut, Seattle LGBT Latin legend La Gorda was absolutely stunning. If you've not yet had the pleasure of watching La Gorda in action, make your way to Neighbours on Sunday nights (10 p.m. - 2 a.m.) for Noche Latina, and you will quickly find out why she has so many adoring fans.

This year, Pride Idol is themed!
May 15: Country Music Night
May 29: Soundtrack Night
June 5: Disco Night
June 12: Wildcard
June 19: Pride Idol Finale

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 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 the third place winner, $500 to second place, and first prize is $1,000 and a Verizon Wireless phone with two round-trip tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S. or 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've got and become Seattle's next Pride Idol!

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