Sugar Land Superstar finale at Town Square
By Elsa Maxey
Electrifying…that’s how the feel of the evening describes the turnout at the Sugar Land Town Square on Town Center Boulevard this past Saturday in support of the finalist contestants aiming for the 2014 Superstar title. What’s more, it was in the presence of Stephen F. Austin, the Father of Texas, on his majestic horse, the iconic work created by highly acclaimed Texas sculptor Bob Pack of Sugar Land, gracing the plaza of the popular community gathering. The night before, music in the plaza from a free concert by Grupo Batacha’s Caribbean tunes set the stage for superstar performance emcee Michele Fisher, a popular radio personality, who energetically facilitated the event sponsored by David Taylor Cadillac.
“I’m tellin’ ya, the talent is gonna blow you away,” Fisher said in her Facebook post hours before the performance. And that it did, complete with the hand tapping drum roll from the audience and participants alike at the packed plaza followed by the announcement declaring Jasmine Rogers the 2014 Sugar Land Superstar. Zach Person came in second in the competition, and Reagan Johnson took third place. Title winner Rogers will also receive a “beautiful basket loaded with goodies from Sugar Land Town Square retailers,” said Fisher.
Last year’s 2013 Sugar Land Superstar, Carman Hammond, opened the evening with “Home,” the song that helped American Idol Phillip Phillips win the title. The reigning Sugar Land Junior Superstar, 13-year old Reagan Scott from Fort Bend Christian Academy, also performed. This event is the ninth annual hosted by Sugar Land Town Square, and coincidentally, it featured nine local contestants, several of whom are Fort Bend ISD students, like Johnson and Rogers from Austin High School, Persons from George Bush High School and Ariel Nguyen from Dulles High School.
In this last round of trials, the local celebrity judges were not the only ones that selected the winners. It was also done in part from text voting that evening at the plaza, when the number to call and codes associated with each contestant were provided. The one-to-one exchanges with the competitors after each of their performances, shared with the audience in the style of the American Idol realty competition by the judges, offered the talented entertainers constructive feedback and encouragement.
Auditions of local talent for the Sugar Land Superstar competitions began in May. Eligibility requirements called for contestants to be over 14 years and residents of Fort Bend County. The first two rounds were held in June and July and were open to the public with this past Saturday’s talent show wrapping up the free event, summer season of the superstar’s competition. Those attending brought portable chairs, some lawn but mostly the folding variety, like the kind you to take to the beach, and they sat back and enjoyed the local artists’ performances on beautiful nights at the plaza. Here’s an exciting post script about more of this area’s talent. Nineteen year old Greatwood resident Maddie Marlow looks like she’s on her way to country stardom. She’s part of the Maddie and Tae teenage duo on a Billboard chart with the release of a first debut single, “Girl in a Country Song” and there will be an album coming!
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