Uvalde Idol lights to shine

Twenty singers, 6 to 19 years old, will duke it out for title

The following information was contributed by John Juhasz, Uvalde Idol producer.

Up-and-coming singers have thrilled audiences for years on national television programs like American Idol and The Voice. Their backstories show that they are mostly just regular people from small towns, just like viewers’ neighbors, family members, classmates and children’s friends. Here in Uvalde, Uvalde Idol organizers have found over the past 11 years that there is amazing talent right here in Uvalde County.

With the popularity of karaoke, many young people who would not have had a way to entertain friends and family members have become able to produce singing that approaches professional level.

As a result, the 11th-annual Uvalde Idol show will be held Saturday at the Uvalde Grand Opera House at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale online at the Uvalde Grand Opera House website for $10. Tickets will also be available for purchase on the day of the show, if seats are still available.

The show is a fundraiser for Knippa School’s Class of 2020. For more information, call 210-601-9644.

Family members and friends of contestants will bring their signs and cheering sections to root for their favorites as they compete for the title of 2020 Uvalde Idol.

Those competing have made it through two rounds of auditions and have practiced for this moment to earn a trophy.

Students in three age groups will perform for the audience and a team of judges that will critique them to offer advice for improvement. After the last singer has performed, the judges will tally the scores and the winners will be announced.

Performers

Joslyn Aguilar, 12, is in choir. Her favorite singer is American singer-songwriter Katy Perry. She wants to be a celebrity, and her greatest supporters are her family.

Domenic Barrera, 17, has only sung for Uvalde Idol. She is involved in community service. Her favorite artist is American singer-songwriter H.E.R. She wants to be a cosmetologist, and her friends are her greatest supporters.

Aaliyah Blanco, 15, is in varsity choir and has sung for Uvalde Idol. She is on the student advisory council, loves British rock band Queen, wants to be a registered nurse, and her greatest supporters are her mom and dad.

Haley Blenkinsop, 15, is in varsity choir and Uvalde High School jazz band and is a Uvalde’s Got Talent veteran. She likes American singer-songwriter Halsey and wants to be in the Texas State University anthropology program.

Sierra Carrasco, 15, has competed in University Interscholastic League singing for regional competitions, and she loves cars and the rock band Three Days Grace. Her biggest supporters are her friends and brother.

Jazmin Cazarez has been in Uvalde Idol and Studio 3. She is part of the drama club, loves American singer-songwriter Billie Ellish, and wants to attend Texas A&M University to be a veterinarian. Her mom is her biggest supporter.

Annastene Chapa, 15, sings with her family for fun and is involved in theatre and church. She likes South Korean boy band BTS, wants to be a professional dancer, and her sisters are her biggest fans.

Claire Dean, 17, has been in Uvalde Idol and YouPOP. She is involved in University Interscholastic League academic events and one-act play, loves singer-songwriter mxmtoon, and wants to go into the medical field.

Cassidy Fox, 14, is in varsity choir. She has previously competed in Uvalde Idol. She is involved in sports, her favorite artist is American singer-songwriter Khalid, she wants to go to the University of Texas, and her mother and grandmother are her biggest supporters.

Haley Garcia, 14, has sung for church events and birthdays. She is in choir and drama, loves American singer-songwriter Billie Ellish, wants to be a criminal investigator and attend the University of Texas at Austin.

Charley Garner, 14, is in choir at church. She loves sports and one-act play, her favorite band is American pop rock band Panic at the Disco, and she wants to attend Rice University.

Natalie Garza, 15, enjoys drawing and baking. She loves South Korean rapper T.O.P. Her mom is her greatest supporter.

Arin Joshi, 9, has previously competed in Uvalde Idol. He is involved in University Interscholastic League academics, plays basketball, loves the pop band Imagine Dragons and wants to be a doctor. His family members are his greatest supporters.

LeAna Lopez, 16, sings in choir and at nursing homes. She is involved with the National Honor Society and University Interscholastic League, loves Jennifer Lopez and wants to attend The Juilliard School to study music.

Madison McCullough, 14, is in choir and tennis, loves English singer-songwriter James Arthur, and wants to be a doctor. Her family and friends are her greatest supporters.

Makai Ortiz, 12, has previously competed in Uvalde Idol and is in youth choir at church. He likes American contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle, wants to go to college, and his mom and dad are his biggest supporters.

Lluvia Quiroga 16, is in choir, loves American rapper Post Malone, wants to be an artist, and her parents are her greatest supporters.

Marianna Rowan, 6, has worked with Studio 3, is in gymnastics and takes vocal lessons, loves American singer-songwriter Miley Cyrus, and wants to be a pop star or teacher.

Logan Smith, 10, sings in church and loves sports. Her favorite singer is American singer-songwriter Kari Jobe. She wants to attend Baylor University and be an attorney.

Anna Vasquez, 19, is in band. She wants to go to college, and her mother is her biggest supporter.



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