Semifinalists Announced as SOCAL ICON 2013 Prepares for Semifinals Events in Eastvale
On Saturday, June 29th, SOCAL ICON held the last of its four auditions for its annual Solo Vocal Competition (http://socalicon.com) at The Galleria at Tyler in Riverside.
The other auditions were:
- June 8th - The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center – Los Angeles, CA
- June 15th – The Village at Orange – Orange, CA
- June 22nd – South Coast Plaza – Costa Mesa, CA
This is ICON’s sixth year and a few hundred young singers from all over Southern CA sang and got feedback from industry judges. Hundreds of spectators (mostly parents, family and friends of the contestants) applauded and cheered throughout each of the auditions.
The Semifinals will take place on Saturday, July 27th in Eastvale at Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s theater as two ticketed events. There will be a competition event for each of the three age divisions (7-10, 11-14 and 15-18). The judges for the semifinals round will include music educators and industry professionals. General admission tickets are on sale online at www.socalicon.com for $10 each.
The Final Concert Event (featuring the top 7 in each age division) will take place on Saturday, August 31st at 6pm at the Margaret Webb Theatre in Santa Ana. Scheduled celebrity/industry judges will include Melissa Hayden (Emmy-award-winning actress “As the World Turns”, “Guiding Light” and “General Hospital”) and Kim Huber (Broadway veteran – “Beauty and the Beast” and “Sunset Boulevard”). David Sidoni (Disney’s “Newsies”, Nickelodeon’s “Round House”) returns as host and master of ceremonies for the final concert event. The theater audience will also get to cast votes that evening to help determine the three winners.
Winners of the Final Concert Event will each receive a trophy and prizes including: a professional photography package from 3 Penguins Design and Photography of Corona, professional vocal coaching, a gift card from Sam Ash Music Stores and more.
Notable SOCAL ICON alums include: Xenia Martinez (top 3 finalist on NBC’s first season of The Voice), Rachel Crowe (top finalist on “The X Factor”) and Arianna Afsar (top 30 finalist from “American Idol” and Miss California 2010).
Last year’s winner in the 11-14 Age Division, Natalia Loya has recently signed a record deal with Mai Tai/Genuine Records and credits ICOn with giving her the start she needed.