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'American Idol' Contestant Jeremy Rosado To Judge, Perform at Riverview Idol

Riverview High's Riverview Idol begins tonight, Feb. 26, with three nights of competition scheduled before a crown is earned. At the final round in March, Jeremy Rosado of Valrico, a 2012 Top 13 "American Idol" finisher, will both perform

 

Jeremy Rosado, cheered on by the Greater Brandon community in his 2012 run for the American Idol crown, is set to judge the final round of the Riverview Idol contest in March. The first of three rounds begins tonight, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., at Riverview High School.

Twenty-five students are vying to take home the seventh-year crown.

Advancing through audition from a field of 40 to 45 contestants, "all 25 students will sing [tonight], and each audience member will get one ballot on which they will circle 10 names," said Liz Stewart, the school's choral director.

The singers with the most votes will advance to the second round of competition — the "Top 10 Round" — March 5 at the high school. The third, and final round, will be held the Tuesday after spring break, March 19, also at Riverview High.

Show time each round is 7 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets each night cost $5.

Jeremy Rosado of Valrico, a Top 13 finisher in the 2012 American Idol contest, is set to performand judge at the final round of Riverview Idol competition. Rosado will replace Kevin Joyner, who will sit on the judge's panel for the prior two nights of competition, along with Heather Kreuger, who works at the Straz Center and with Busch Gardens entertainment; and Samantha Leigh, named FOX's Tampa Bay Idol in 2009.

"I like his commitment to the text of what he sings," Stewart said, about Rosado's voice and performances. "He sings completely from his heart and he has a very soulful voice."

In the first round of competition, the contestants can sing any song they want for up to three minutes, Stewart said. After the voting, the ballots will be tabulated, and the results announced the next day at school.

Then, the Top 10 finishers will be "paired into duets randomly, which means a country girl could end up with a rhythm-and-blues guy," Stewart said. "They'll have to make it work."

At the second round of competition on Tuesday, March 5, the duets will be sung, as well as a solo song of choice, before the panel of judges. Audience members again will be given ballots to cast their selections — this time, for the Top 5 finalists — and each judge, too, will receive a ballot for voting.

Then, at round three, the Top 5 contestants will take to the stage for the first half of the night's entertainment, March 19. They will sing two songs each, this time accompanying themselves any way they want. "They can play the piano, play the guitar or sing in front of a gospel gospel band," Stewart said.

During the second half of the night's show, while they votes are being tabluated, Rosado will take to the stage himself.

"I was a big follower of his last year on American Idol," Stewart said.

Proceeds from the night's event will benefit the Riverview High School chorus. A portion will benefit as well the school's television production group, which will film footage of the event to be displayed as well at the final round of competition.

The chorus will used the money to help pay the way to state competition. Ten classical soloists, five student conductors and the schools' Vision show choir qualified at district competition earlier this month at Steinbrenner High School to advance to state competition at Seminole State College in Sanford, Stewart said.

As for the Riverview Idol talent on display, Stewart said members of the Greater Brandon and Riverview communities "are going to be exposed to some remarkable talent in our local high schools that they wouldn't even know existed there."

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Past Riverview Idol Winners

2007

   Amy Bueno 2008    Joshua Moody 2009    Jessenia Figueroa 2010    Jesse Byers 2011    McCauley Harnish 2012    KJai Betts

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2013 Riverview Idol Top 25 Contestants

Matt Billor Jonel Brade Jordan Burnham Angie Cataldi Alexis Ebanks Corey Farrell Katelynn Giacalone Halie Huddleston Madison Kinney Monica Krajewski Nathan Long Adriene Meyer Emily Nankervis Yliana Nieves Natasha Orford Grant Parker Jessica Robinson Gabe Rodgers Samantha Rush Isabel Sabina Christie Setteducate Clayton Taylor Rachel Taylor Seth Vance Dawson Wood

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