By: Dee Miyamura

On a Sunday night reserved for lovers, Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2010. Inside a very nice venue in Studio City, California called Platinum Live. Welcome to Hollywood Idol Season Two Finals.

The two ladies spearheading the event are Kimbra Westervelt and Kellie Nicholson.

The judges for this evening… Leif Garrett, actor and singer. Prescott Niles, bass player best known for his work with The Knack. Ira Hearshen, a composer. Tish Ciravolo, founder and president of Daisy Rock Guitars.

The finalists sing this night….from Round 1, Alex Nourishad; from Round 2, Zack Soufrine; from Round 3, Xaleese Guevara; from Round 4, Jessica Oyelowo; from Round 5, Shane Jones.

Each contestant sang two songs, one song before intermission and the second after.

Oyelowo: “Miss Independent” and “I Think of You”.

Nourishad: “Everyday” and “Dig”.

Guevara: “Queen of the Night” and “Hero”.

Jones: “One Last Time” and “Hanging by a Moment”.

Soufrine: “Summer Love” and “Down”.

Each judge critiqued each performance and performer, and gave them a score. During a special performance by judges Prescott Niles and Leif Garrett, the scores were tallied and the winner picked.

Leif Garrett sang two songs by his band, F8. Band members included Craig Else on guitar, Darrell Arnold on bass, and Chuck Billings on drums. The band did a great job!

Garrett remained onstage as his band was replaced by fellow judge Prescott Niles on bass, Gabe Niles on drums, and Liv Niles on guitar. Yes, both Gabe and Liv are brother and sister and Prescott’s talented children!

Just before performing, Prescott made a sad announcement, that earlier that day; Doug Fieger had passed-away from cancer. Fieger and Niles had been band mates and friends in The Knack. Leif requested a moment of silence in his honor.

Following this moment of silence, the band kicked into that signature opening notes of “My Sharona”! Clearly a song that instantly says “The Knack”. Leif than followed it with a cover tune by the Rolling Stones, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”. Picking two young kids from the audience, and giving them their lyrics, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash is a gas, gas, gas!”

Garrett taught them how to do a typical Jagger move, that strut that resembles a chicken walking, but much cooler. The youngsters, a boy and girl, follow his instructions and nailed it! Such a happy performance!

Now, it was time to announce the winner! The five finalists returned to the stage and the winner…. Jessica Oyelowo! Congratulations, Jessica!!

For more information on this contest and the contestant, please visit the official website!


Kellie Nicholson kellienicholson.com

Kimbra Westervelt kimbrawestervelt.com

Tish Ciravolo daisyrock.com

Leif Garrett leifgarrett.net


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