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posted Friday, June 4, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 22
WEEK NINE: Pride Idol visits Hollywood
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WEEK NINE: Pride Idol visits Hollywood

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

It has been said that music is the soundtrack of our lives. In keeping with that concept, and to offer an excuse for showtune queens to sing a song from RENT, Pride Idol's ninth week was Soundtrack Night. Contestants were asked to sing their favorite ditty from a movie or stage show. The eight participants delivered, making Soundtrack Night one of the most memorable Pride Idol shows to date!

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, the panel of judges was joined by the incomparable Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse, and stepping in for Sister Domine Trixx was Sister Coochie von Beaverhausen.

Starting off the night right (and ultimately winning the contest, advancing to the June 19 finals round) was Christopher. Singing 'Let Me Entertain You' from the musical Gypsy, complete with makeup and executing the splits, Christopher made Pride Idol history as the showiest showtune queen to grace the Pride Idol stage!

Returning to the competition from week one, Ramiro (who somehow ended up wearing hostess Gaysha Starr's coat) sang a dance version of 'Don't Cry for Me, Argentina' from the Madonna movie, Evita. It is always a pleasure to watch Ramiro perform as he includes choreography and fun in everything he does.

Contestant number three, Ryan McCabe, sang the most ambitious song of the night from the movie St. Elmo's Fire, 'Man in Motion.' Ryan is a delight and sang the song wonderfully.

Thomas Solomon, dressed in a snazzy shirt and tie, wowed the audience and judges with a Michael Buble version of 'Save the Last Dance For Me.'

Newcomer John Fulton performed 'One Song Glory' from RENT. John has a wonderful voice and we hope to see him come back and give it another try. Don't look at the monitor, John!

Singing the only Glee song of the night, Angela Pacentini delivered the goods on 'Don't Rain on My Parade.' Angela was stunning, and what a voice!

Super-cute Monica Greens offered the second RENT song, the infectious 'Out Tonight.' Monica - who had the best boots ever! - had fun with the song and was entertaining from beginning to end. Loved her!

Bobby B. There's nothing to say about Bobby other than, 'What a voice!' Singing the biggest range of the night, Bobby gave us pre-crack Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' from the hit movie The Bodyguard. Bobby sang beautifully, and although he didn't advance to the Finals, we are happy he is going to the Wildcard round on June 12 to give it another go.

Guest entertainer Nina Maxwell performed two numbers for the audience. Nina is one of Seattle's premier drag queens and is, hands down, the best lip-syncer this side of RuPaul's wig!

This year, Pride Idol is themed!

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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