In the Mix

Jason Genegabus

Isle idolizers heavy
into ‘Jasmania’

TONIGHT promises to be a stressful night for Hawaii's own Jasmine Trias, as she squares off against Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo in the next round of "American Idol."

After a whirlwind two-day stop here last week, it's easy to see that "Jasmania" has taken our state by storm, prompting some folks on the mainland to complain that we're turning the competition into a popularity contest.

Haven't you figured it out by now? The show is FIXED, people. If there wasn't any drama over John Stevens overstaying his welcome on the show, or finalists like Jennifer Hudson and George Huff getting the boot a lot earlier than expected, do you think people would keep watching?

I'll admit, I was surprised to see La Toya London go before Jasmine did, but Clay Aiken made an excellent point recently -- the top four finalists from last year's contest all have recording deals, so it's a good bet that this year's final four will have the same success getting into the music biz.

Still, wouldn't it be cool if Jasmine ended up winning it all? Get those dialing fingers ready ...

I FELT strange hanging out at an all-ages party on Friday, but it was all in the name of research.

If things go well for James Coles, there's a chance the former Players Downtown location could develop into a full-scale nightclub. As it stands now, the Sound Factory will cater to local teens trying to shake it like the big kids.

Standing in a corner with 104.3 XME's Urusai, Island Boy, Marc E. and DJ LX, I could see the potential of this place -- there's a lot of space to dance, a centrally located bar and even an outdoor lanai. Let's hope this works out, since Honolulu could always use another place to party ...

THE COMPETITION got pretty heated Saturday night, as the Polynesian Cultural Center played host to this year's World Fireknife Championships.

PCC musician Alex Galeai took first place, beating out his brother (and defending champion), David Galeai, and seven other finalists from Hawaii, the mainland and Samoa.

Kaneohe resident Jaz Castillo was named "Junior Pacific Fireknife Champion" in the 12- to 17-year-old division, and Florida's Joshua Hebron won in the 6- to 11-year-old division ...

CONGRATS ALSO to Jennifer Fairbank, crowned Miss Hawaii USA 2005 last weekend at the Sheraton Waikiki. I was only a year off -- Fairbank was my pick to win in 2003, but finished as first runner-up to the lovely Justine Michioka. If you want to watch the pageant in its entirety, check out OC-16 at 7:30 p.m. on May 24.

In addition, Sonya Balmores was named Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2005, and more than a few ladies swooned over Jason Momoa, who showed up Sunday night sporting dreadlocks ...

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