Twelve finalists from the regular weekly competitions returned to the stage for one last chance to sing for the judges for an attempt to become the 2014 Seattle Pride Idol. Host Olivia LaGarce was joined by the always fabulous Mama Tits, both of whom gave stunning performances, kept everyone entertained throughout the evening and somehow managed to wrangle the eight Finale Judges including Jack Mozie, Michael Allen, Xanna Don’t, Michael Strangeways, Aleksa Manila, Robbie Turner, Egan Orion, and 2013 Pride Idol, Scott Crawford.
With eight judges at the table, each contestant took the stage for one song and one chance to leave a positive impression with the judges and audience. While all the finalists gave amazing performances, women finalists rounded out the top 3.
In third place this year, winning $250 and a Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet, was Kari Callen with her rendition Wicked’s No Good Deed which captivated the entire audience.
Singing Gonna Take a Miracle, 2nd place winner Sherry Eberhardt gave a phenomenal performance that brought the crowd and judges to their feet. Sherry takes home $500 and an iPad MINI courtesy of T-Mobile.
Winning this year’s Pride Idol competition was Ruth Soto, singing Summertime, a performance so powerful, the audience and judges rose to their feet with applause for several minutes at the end of her song. Ruth wins $1,000, a round-trip vacation for two to Puerto Vallerta, courtesy of Alaska Airlines, and scheduled performances throughout Pride Month. You can see Ruth perform live at the Seattle Pride Picnic on June 14, Women’s Pride on June 20, singing the National Anthem at the Seattle Storm game on June 22, MOHAI Family Day on June 28, on the Pride Idol float in the Seattle Pride Parade June 29, and on stage at PrideFest following the parade.
“Ruth’s voice and performance style raised the stakes in this year’s competition, said Adam McRoberts, Communications Director for Seattle Pride. “With her angelic, soulful voice and poise on stage, Ruth will make the entire city proud as our Pride Idol. We can’t wait to hear her performing on 4th Avenue at the Pride Parade!”
Seattle Pride Idol sponsors include presenting sponsor T-Mobile, along with Alaska Airlines, Microsoft, MINI, Gay City, Cupcake Royale, GSBA, Amazon, Choke Shirt Company, Seattle Storm, City Arts, The Stranger, The Seattle Lesbian, Seattle Gay Scene, Seattle Gay News, MOViN 92.5, KUBE 93, KJR 95.7, KISS 106.1, KEXP, CLICK 98.9, JACK FM, KZOK, and KMPS.