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Hawaii’s idol offered
a $100,000 local
recording deal



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Jasmine Trias


John Iervolino of local independent Quiet Storm Records has become a player in the Jasmine Trias record bidding contest by offering her an exclusive deal for $100,000.

Iervolino is hoping that his 12 years in the music business will help sway the 17-year-old to keep it local, recording-wise.

"There's no love at the major record labels these days, and with the current state of the industry, it's even harder for artists to make money," he says in a press release. "It would be a shame to see Jasmine invest a year or two of her time and come out exhausted and with little or no financial gain as many do with the majors ... we'll take good care of her ... "

Trias made it to the Top 3 in the national competition. Hawaii residents supported her to the tune of more than a million votes each week.


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‘Idol Pursuits’
contestants
are down to 4


Jasmine Trias may be out of the "American Idol" title race, but four contestants in the Star-Bulletin's "Idol Pursuits" contest are still holding strong.

In March print editions, we asked readers to predict the Top 3 finalists, in order. Hundreds of ballots poured in, but as of last week, just 20 entrants were still in the running -- having chosen Trias, Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo as their top picks. And with the dismissal of Trias last week, only four were left. Those four chose Trias as No. 3, with Barrino and DeGarmo at the top.

"American Idol" devotee Nancy Clark of Kapahulu, who has been hooked on the program since its first season, could still receive the grand prize -- a collection of CDs -- should Barrino be declared "American Idol" tomorrow night.

"I forgot all about it," Clark exclaimed, upon being notified of her retainment. "Long forgot about it. I can't believe I'm still in it!"

We wondered: How could Clark have had such an uncanny knack for picking "American Idol" finalists? Early on, a majority of entrants had honed in on La Toya London and George Huff as favorites.

"I just went with my favorites," said Clark, who spends her days minding the travel desk at the Ohana Waikiki West. "I love their voices, especially Fantasia. I love her voice. She reminds me of Nell Carter."

As for her second pick, DeGarmo, it was the Georgia teen's rendition of an Aretha Franklin classic that did it for Clark. "I loved Diana ever since I heard her sing the song 'Think.' Her voice is awesome. She's young, she knows where she's going, she's not shy, she looks like she's super friendly, she's approachable. That's what I like about her.

"I think I like her personality more than anything. Wait 'til she hits 20. She's going to be really outstanding. Of course, Jasmine is forever another favorite because she's local, period, yeah?"

Two other participants, Chelsea Agor of Pearl City and Tuangtham Nantawisarakul of Bentonville, Ark., agreed with Clark's picks, going with Barrino, DeGarmo and Trias, in succession. Should Barrino emerge victorious, a random drawing will be held to determine the winner.

But if DeGarmo is crowned, 12-year-old Amy Fisk of Kailua, the only entrant to pick DeGarmo, Barrino and Trias in order, will be declared the "Idol Pursuits" champion.

Regardless of the outcome, Clark says she will play "Idol Pursuits" next year and continue to follow "American Idol." "I just can't get enough of it. I watched it from the first time it came on and I loved it."



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