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Trophies, Prize Money and Bragging Rights for CC IDOL and Jr. IDOL Winners

February 29, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Leah Guerra, a local seventh grade student, was named Corpus Christi IDOL (CC Idol), while 10 year old David Brandon Garcia took home the title of Junior IDOL (Jr. IDOL) of Corpus Christi during the final competition held Feb. 27 at the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. CC IDOL is in its sixth year, while Jr. IDOL is in its third year.

“I sang ‘Who’s Loving You,’ by The Jackson 5,” said Garcia. “I have been singing since I was 3-years old. I wasn’t nervous at all.”

More than 150 people auditioned for CC IDOL, open to contestants over the age of 13, and Jr. IDOL, open to contestant 12 years old and younger. That group was narrowed down to the top 20, and then to a top 10 group, who all performed on finale night.

“This competition gives the people of Corpus Christi a beautiful venue, the Performing Arts Center, to sing in,” said J. Don Luna, Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, creator of the singing competition and emcee for the night. “Every year, the contest grows bigger, and I am not only excited for the contestant, but about raising funds for the Theatre Department here at A&M-Corpus Christi.”

IDOL judges were John-Thomas Kobos, KIII-TV morning anchor; Lydia Blanco Garza, Islander alumna and owner of The Blanco Agency; and Heidi Hovda, Islander alumna and local director and actor. The audience was also able to cast ballots to choose their favorite singer.

Winners of CC IDOL are as follows:

  • First place –  Leah Guerra
  • Second place –  Akeelah Scott
  • Third place –  Justin O’Neal

Winners of Jr. IDOL are as follows:

  • First place –  David Brandon Garcia
  • Second place –  Tanya Macklin
  • Third place –  Roland Botello

Prizes for CC Idol were $300 for first place, and $100 each for second and third place. Prizes for Jr. IDOL were $100 for first place, and $50 each for second and third place. Top three contestants in each competition also received a microphone-shaped trophy.

The solo talent competition is sponsored by The School of Arts, Media and Communication and the Department of Theatre and Dance at A&M-Corpus Christi, The Beach 96.5 F.M., La Palmera and Pepsi. All proceeds from the fundraising singing contest fund Theatre scholarships and Theatre student programming needs.

To see more photos from finale night, click here.