Reaching the Stars with Reality Star , Success for International Talent Contest in Marbella. The semi-finals of the Reality Star contest in Marbella created great expectation among both the the public and the contestants at the event held on 15th June at the Hotel H10 Andalucía Plaza. marbella.com reports. Photography by Gary Edwards and Carlos Cacares
The 18 pre-selected candidates – who were chosen by a rigorous jury made up of professionals of the music industry, were given a superb opportunity by the Reality Star competition to showcase their talents on stage. The 9 juniors and 9 adults selected were able to perform to win a potential first place and with it, a plethora of coveted prizes, including the opportunity to have their best song professionally recorded and videoed by Avalon Studios, London.
(Top of page: Zoe Louise Hughes, Above clockwise from top left, Veronica Melka, Sheila Paz Benjamin Blanco, Temas Hoffman and presenter Gladys Muzicov).
Both the jury, and the public discovered a wealth of talent among the 18 semi-finalists. Among the pop songs, operatic arias and ballads, the jury perceived the skill of the singers and chose ten finalists, five from the junior category from 8-17 and five adults from aged 18-50. Among the contestants were Spanish, Russian, Georgian, English and Belgian talents.
Also entertaining the public were guest artists who had flown in from various locations: Hoffman from Miami, Alana Miles from London, and 3 finalists from Operación Triunfo, Spain’s answer to the X-Factor.
(Above top left; Leyla Gertner, top right; Vicenti Segui, above; Temo Rtskhiladze)
The finals were held the following night, when adrenaline was flowing and everyone on stage felt that victory was close – or at least achievable. Some outstanding performances made the judges’ decision exceptionally difficult.
Finally, following a series of superb attempts to win the judges’ hearts, Zoe Louise Hughes took first place among the adult category finalists, while 17 year old Shelia Paz took home first prize in the junior category.
(Left to right: Bea Porrua, Adam Cook, Valeriano Gamgebeli)
The Reality Star prize went to Salome Simone for Best Original Song, for Fumble in the Jungle, which she debuted in Marbella. The song was written by Roger Cook, celebrated songwriter and producer.
As the judges agreed, “There are no losers in Reality Star”. Simply performing on stage and being heard are highly valuable factors – and many finalists walked away with fantastic prizes sponsored by a number of key companies on the Coast, including cash prizes amounting to 1500€, Gomez y Molina, El Corte Inglés, Platinum Beauty Salon, Chateau Mona Lisa restaurant, Black and White restaurant, VIP invitation to the Batumi Art Festival in Georgia, September 2012. Finalists will get the chance to perform in exciting new venue Black and White in Puerto Banús.
Following the gripping final in which Zoe Louise Hughes’ captivating jazz singing put her in first place, along with Junior winner, Shelia Paz, whose Spanish rendition of My Way, left the audience – and the judges – speechless, Reality Star winners, special guests and supporters enjoyed a superb gala dinner at the Hotel H10, with a sumptuous three course meal along with a fabulous line up of entertainment from Hoffman, and all three Operación Triunfo finalists, Vicenti Segui, Miriam Villar and Bea Porrua.
(Above, Heinz Peterson, Temas Hoffman, Chief Organiser Natalie Stuart-Fox, Svetlana Ciliuta and Louise Edwards Cook.)