‘Idol’ stars come out in Kent | SLIDESHOW

The Heimen family came far to be near their favorite American Idol. The foursome from Surrey, British Columbia, made the drive down Interstate 5 to be among the first in line outside the ShoWare Center early Friday evening.

American Idol stars

American Idol stars

The Heimen family came far to be near their favorite American Idol.

The foursome from Surrey, British Columbia, made the drive down Interstate 5 to be among the first in line outside the ShoWare Center early Friday evening.

Foremost, they came to see Angie Miller, an American singer–songwriter who came in third place on the 12th season of “American Idol”, a hit reality TV-singing competition program.

Miller didn’t disappoint. She, Season 12 big-voiced winner Candice Glover and Kree Harrison stood out in the summer premiere of the American Idol Live Tour.

“We love what she writes, her own original music. She does an amazing job,” said Miranda Heimen, who joined her mom and sisters, Kelsey and Lauren, for the show. The sisters came equipped, with a sign specially made for Miller.

The concert – a swiftly-paced, peppy showcase – features Season 12 Idol finalists – including Amber Holcomb, Burnell Taylor, Curtis Finch Jr, Devin Velez, Janelle Arthur, Lazaro Arbos and Paul Jolley as well as fan pick Aubrey Cleland.

Finalists performed favorite moments from the season as well as other songs.

The concert attracted a wide variety of fans, young and old.

For Kent senior Paul Carney, it was an opportunity to see the artists up close.

“I enjoy the TV (show) … been watching them for about 10 years,” he said. “When they came into town, I wanted to see them. It’s my first concert.”

Paulsbo’s Tiffany Wark is a big fan of the show. She won free concert tickets through a radio station promotion.

“I’m excited. It’s fun,” she said.

For Issaquah’s Elaine Kim, 14, the concert was well worth the trip.

“Fine music,” she said. “That’s what I came here for.”

The tour originally was scheduled to begin June 29 in St. Louis, Mo., but 10 shows were cancelled. The 30-stop tour ends Aug. 31 in Nashville, Tenn.

American Idol Live partnered with The Melanoma Research Alliance (www.curemelanoma.org). For every ticket purchased American Idol donated $1 to The Melanoma Research Alliance to help cure melanoma, a skin disease whose incidence is among the fastest growing cancers.



Amber Holcomb performs on stage. Mark Klaas, Kent Reporter














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