EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - A group of East Texas’ most talented singers joined the race to become America’s next “Idol.” But first, they had to win locally, and the competition was strong.
Ultimately, Ebonique Mapps from Longview was victorious, and now she will head to American Idol auditions to do East Texas proud. The auditions will be held in one of the AI judges cities.
This year’s event was sponsored by Altra Federal Credit Union and took place at Liberty Hall in Downtown Tyler.
This year, there was a twist - an Audience Save sponsored by The Back Porch. Voters could try to save their favorite contestant from being voted off during the show. The contestant with the highest number of votes after the “East Texas Idol” Top 5 were announced was Josh Davis.
Judges included Vivian Villapudua, a recent “American Idol” semifinalist, Charles Praytor, a music professor at Tyler Junior College who directs musicals and performs in them, and Billie Jo, who has appeared on “American Idol,” “The Voice,” and “Real Country.”
R.J. Norman hosted the event. Norman is a former “American Idol” contestant who has been acting and singing professionally since 1998. He regularly performs with improv comedy group Card 53.