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posted Friday, June 4, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 23
Seattle's Pride Idol: Round Five
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Seattle's Pride Idol: Round Five

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

2010 SOAP PRIDE IDOL
R PLACE
SUNDAYS THROUGH
JUNE 20


Welcome back, Seattle Pride Idol fans! This week's competition, round five, had six contestants competing for the chance to become the next Seattle Out and Proud (SOaP) 2010 Pride Idol.

This week, familiar Pride Idol judges Andrew Miller and yours truly were joined by Sister VixXxen (sitting in for our fellow partner-in-crime, Sister Domine Trix), who schooled the audience on the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, one of Seattle's most beloved organizations (the sisters rock!).

It seemed appropriate that the competition's title contains the word "idol." Round five saw three well-known, legendary Seattle drag idols. The iconic Mark "Mom" Finley performed two songs (opening and closing the show) in the style that made Finley a drag household name some 20 years ago. Between the first and second set of competitors, the incomparable Aleksa Manila turned Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" into an audience sing-along. Lastly and certainly not least, it was an absolute honor to sit on a judging panel with the lovely Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse. Kudos to SOaP for putting together such a star-studded lineup; Pride Idol just keeps getting better and better as the competition advances.

Returning from round four, contestant number one, Josh Porterfield, got the competition off to a great start. Singing Josh Groban's "Remember When it Rained," Porterfield showed off his beautiful voice and connected with the audience by giving a genuine performance.

Danica "DLish" Basarich, contestant number two, was week five's Wild Card Round winner. Performing Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop," Danica sang and danced her way into another chance to become Seattle's next Pride Idol at the Wild Card competition on June 13.

Contestant number three, Chase Silva, performed a wonderful rendition of Billy Paul's "Me and Mrs. Jones." Chase put his own touch on the song and delivered a heartfelt performance overall.

Returning from week three's competition was Yee-Shin Huang. Yee-Shin delivered a super-sexy version of "Nice and Slow" by Usher. Yee-Shin engaged the audience, who seemed transfixed on his voice and dance moves, and ultimately earned himself second runner-up.

Contest number five, Clayton, sang Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" with an energy that was infectious. It was impossible to not clap your hands and sing along with Clayton as he delivered one of the most fun performances of the night.

Singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (very appropriately, I might add, since the 2010 Pride theme is "Over the Rainbow") was contestant number six, Brie Lobbett. Brie sang the Eva Cassidy arrangement, which won her high marks from Arnaldo!, and she performed it flawlessly.

When all was said and done, contestant number one, Josh Porterfield, was voted Seattle Pride Idol week five's winner and will advance to the Finals Round on June 20. It will be a night of singing you won't want to miss!

We're getting down to the wire: June 6 is your last chance to compete for a slot in the Wild Card Round or Pride Idol Finals to become Seattle's next Pride Idol. Want to sing for us? Know someone who should be competing in Pride Idol but isn't? Time is running out - 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 much fun 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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