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posted Friday, June 8, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 23
Pride Idol: Kyle and Jason ace Wild Card round
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Pride Idol: Kyle and Jason ace Wild Card round

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Local talent competitions - be they drag, singing, or just 'show up and show us what you've got' - are always entertaining, with little effort required on the organizers' part. Audiences love to watch the busboy by day sing his heart out at night or the starving art student nail the perfect dance routine.

Seattle Pride Idol is no exception. Week after week, members of the local and surrounding community show up and give it their all to a grateful audience. But something special happened this season: 2012 Pride Idol has exceeded all expectations, as the most talented group of competitors yet has put it all on the line to deliver one powerful performance after another. On June 3 it all came down to the Wild Card Round, where each contestant got a chance to secure one of two remaining slots in the June 10 Grand Finale. There were cheers and jeers aplenty, but in the end, eight talented hopefuls came to the end of the road.

Smirnoff, Seattle's Best Karaoke, Neighbours Seattle, Seattle Gay News, and MOViN 92.5 present Seattle Pride Idol, a citywide singing contest hosted by Seattle Out and Proud (SO&P), running every Sunday night at Neighbours leading up to Pride.

Making not one, not two, but three glamorous gown changes throughout the night, the fabulous Gaysha Starr returned to host the Wild Card Round. Trading light banter for questions of how each contestant would serve the community as Pride Idol, Gaysha got answers such as HIV/AIDS awareness, marriage equality, and animal rescue. Remember, the judges are looking for more than just a voice - we are looking for a star, and for a community advocate.

In order of appearance, Jessica Swenson, Roy Brinson, Zoe Dixon, Jason Quisenberry, Janson Halloway, Christina Brewer, Jason Carrion, Michael Allen, Kyle Bain, and Leighton Grampp all delivered solid performances. While some fell victim to a bad song or wardrobe choice, most of the contestants brought their 'A' game, making smart decisions and entertaining the nearly 300-person audience throughout the evening.

Taking on the tough burden of judging the Wild Card Round were Yuriko Lomein of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Abby of St. Joan, along with Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, 2010 Pride Idol winner Karolina Longoria, and me. In addition to her judging duties, Karolina sang two songs to show us all why she won the competition two years ago.

A newcomer to Pride Idol and to Seattle (via Wisconsin), Jason Carrion was advanced to the Finale after performing 'Uprising' by Muse - which fit the mood of the night as the community is locked in a marriage equality battle. Jason is the most unassuming of stars, but you can't take your eyes off of him. His voice rises with little effort and although he isn't the most dynamic of entertainers, he's got that something that keeps you interested and longing for more. Will his third time performing be the charm? We'll see this weekend when Jason returns to compete for the number-one slot and the chance to be called 2012 Pride Idol.

Also advancing, with 69 points out of a possible 70, was the outrageously funny, unapologetically LGBTQ Kyle Bain. Kyle embodies the words 'Wild Card.' Judging a book by its cover (when will we learn?!), one would assume that this out-and-proud white rapper was well on his way to embarrassing himself in front of the most unforgiving kind of audience - a liquored-up LGBTQ audience. But Kyle did what Kyle does (there truly are no words to describe his act) and performed an original rap - this week it was 'Meat Tooth' - and the whole place went haywire. There was cheering, stomping, hollering, and a whole lot of laughter. Kyle has developed an act that could appear on almost any stage anywhere and the audience would demand an encore of his LGBTQ-infused rhymes and cheap computer-generated beats. Make no mistake, Kyle is not the best vocalist of the bunch but he is the one to beat this year. Kyle Bain is star power personified, and that's hard to go up against.

This year's Grand Finale prize package is very attractive: $200 will go to third place, $500 to second place, and first prize is $1,000 and a chance to perform aboard the Seattle Out and Proud float during the Seattle Pride Parade June 24. Seattle Out and Proud (SO&P) produces Seattle's annual Pride Parade.

Neighbours is the place to be this Sunday night at 8, as the 10 finalists compete to be named Seattle Pride Idol for 2012. This is a show you do not want to miss.

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