Winning contestants celebrate
Hollywood High School

Students compete to be the next Hollywood Idol

Of seven acts, Melissa Navarro, Lloyd Ea and Marlon De Silva were named this year’s Hollywood Idol and won $100 following a performance before the whole school in the auditorium on March 27. Joel Alvarez placed in second and won $50, and Morgan Martin and Shannon Warusevitane placed in third, receiving $25 each.

Hollywood Idol is a talent show that is produced by SAS English teacher, James B. Carmicle. The show allows participants to showcase their talents and have fun as they compete to be the next Hollywood idol. This year, there were seven acts: one dance, a rap and five vocal performances, including the first ever band on Hollywood Idol.

This year’s show opened with a lip sync performance of “Bye Bye Bye” by *NSYNC which then led into the second part of the opening, a performance of “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls. These classic hits captured the audience and was an entertaining introduction to the show.

The first act was a dance by Martin and Warusevitane. The duo danced to a medley of current pop and hip-hop songs. Their hip-hop moves were well in sync and earned a large support from the crowd. The second act mellowed the mood with a cover of Ed Sheeran’s popular song, “Thinking Out Loud’ sung by Jeovanny Fritz with Rafael Linos on the guitar. They truly captured the audience with this love song as the room was illuminated by the lights from the audience’s cellphones.

The third act was a cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” by Brandy Mendoza who was able to live up to the song’s powerful vocals and emotions. Following Mendoza, Alavarez got on stage to perform an original rap which impressed many people in the crowd.

Adding a bit of teen pop, Angel Corros performed a cover of “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift with Hakop Ovsepyan on the piano. After that, Angie Duenas brought back Adele by singing “Someone Like You” acapella.

The competition ended with a group performance by Navarro, Ea, and De Silva. The trio, going by MLM, started out by having Navarro sing “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton but soon mixed things up by performing “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars. The group was very good at pumping up the crowd.

The show was officially closed by a fashion show, which displayed some elegant clothing worn by student models. Some of the models included some of the contestants who had just performed. The theme of this year’s show was black, white, and gold. All the dresses were designed personally by Fashion Club president, Raven Smith. The fashion show was directed by Smith and Fashion Club vice-president, Jenecie Huante. The entire show displayed elegance and originality as the crowd cheered on the students who walked down the runway.

Watch the full video at here.