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posted Friday, May 28, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 22
Seattle's Pride Idol: Round Four
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Seattle's Pride Idol: Round Four

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On May 23, five contestants - singing two songs each - competed for the chance to become Seattle's next Seattle Out and Proud (SOaP) 2010 Pride Idol.

Idol fans, did you notice anything different at last week's competition? That's right - it was "guest judge" week, as the mostly unimpressed Andrew Miller, the always funny and glitter-drenched Sister Domine Trix, and Gay media man (me!) Shaun Knittel got the week off and openly Gay NFL athlete David Kopay, Sister Stella Standing, Cornish College composer and conductor and musical director of the Esoterics Eric Banks, and 20-year music veteran Robert O'Toole got the say in who would move on to compete in the Wild Card and Pride Idol Finals round.

Kicking off the show with a bang and a few cute boys (Steven and Dustin) was drag sensation Xandria Cocks. Although I wasn't there to see the performance, a little Gay birdie told me that Miss Cocks' performance of the new Christina Aguilera song was a hit with Idol fans.

According to SOaP officials, the five contestants - Sabrina Burton, Brian Ford, Evan Thomas, Josh Porterfield, and Clayton Coleman - had their eyes on the prize: $100 cash and a chance to be named Seattle's next Pride Idol!

Showing true diversity as a performer, Brian Ford sang the gritty rock ballad "Simple Man" by Lynard Skynard and then switched gears to a more classic 1960s sound with his version of Bill Withers' hit "Lean on Me." (Which, if you've ever had the chance to see Seattle drag queen superstars Lady Chablis and Aleksa Manila perform, you simply must stick around for R Place karaoke after the contest with DJ SeXXXual Chocolate for a duet you won't soon forget!)

Evan Thomas made the audience "feel it" when he sang Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" and shifted gears to offer a different version of "Simple Man" by Shine Down.

There ain't nothing wrong with a little soul - which is exactly what Clayton Coleman proved as he serenaded Idol fans with "So High" by John Legend and Al Green's "A Change Gon Come."

Week four's Wild Card winner was contestant number four, Josh Porterfield. A true performer who took risks with song choice and vocal prowess, Josh won his way into the Wild Card Round by performing The Darkness' "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" and Josh Groban's "When You Say You Love Me."

When all was said and done, when all the Absolut cocktails were consumed and the Verizone Wireless text votes were tallied, it was contestant number one, Sabrina Burton, who took the top spot as week four's winner. Choosing two songs that showed off her range as a singer and showcased her ability as a performer, Sabrina flawlessly sang Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love For You" and E Vogue's "Don't Let Go."

June is right around the corner and so is Pride. This year, SOaP has added another Pride event. On June 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., SOaP would like to invite everyone to Volunteer Park for a Pride Picnic. SOaP officials tell me that this is an all-ages event, open to families, singles, LGBTs and our allies - literally anyone and everyone - so mark your calendars and let's have some fun in the park, Seattle!

Want to sing for us? Know someone who should be competing in Pride Idol but hasn't? Well, do your duty as a friend, Mary, and tell them to sign up! Why not win a cash prize (among other things) and a title for singing those songs you sing in the shower anyway? It's a no-brainer, guys and gals - and there is no denying how fun a time Pride Idol Sundays are!

For more news on the 2010 SOaP Pride Idol competition, brought to you by Esurance, including a complete list of songs to choose from, signup links, and additional information for SOaP, visit the organization online at www.idol.seattlepride.org.

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