Gila Idol 2021

Registration to compete in the 2021 Gila Idol Competition is now closed.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 season finale had to be postponed. After waiting nearly a year for the pandemic to subside, we are finally moving ahead to finalize last year’s contest and put on the 2021 season. Because the pandemic is still upon us, the 2020 finale and the 2021 preliminaries and finale will be virtual. All the contests will be filmed at the David M. Player Center for the Arts in Safford and will be broadcast on GilaValleyCentral the following day. Each contestant will be allowed to bring 2 people to their preliminary and final performance. Masks will be required.

Instead of a winner and runner ups for the 2020 season, the top ten contestants will move on to the finale of the 2021 season. The other contestants will have the opportunity to compete in one of the four preliminaries for the 2021 season.

Four preliminaries and one callback will be held for this year’s contest. All preliminaries will be held in the David M. Player Center for the Arts. As previously mentioned, contestants will be able to bring two guests and masks will be required. The results of the preliminaries will not be announced live. A video of each preliminary will be posted on the following day.

The final show is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

2020 Finale

David M Player Center
for the Arts

Thursday, Feb 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

View the show on Zoom:

2008 Idol Winner-Adam Crohn
2017 Idol Winner-Darryn Kamae
2016 Idol Winner-Briana Morris

In order of performance

1. Cheyenne Iske
2. Kienna Van Shaar
3. John Tucker
4. Paityn Mattice
5. Sara Skinner
6. Harley Lofgreen
7. Brianna Richins
8. Madeline Kamae
9. Traci Chamberlain
10. Frank Adams
11. Hannah Bradley
12. Rachel Clark

2021 Preliminaries

Monday, Feb 22, 2021
David M Player Center for the Arts 6:30pm

(streaming on 6:30pm the following day.)
2008 Winner-Adam Crohn
2018 Winner-Pete McCormick
2017 Winner-Darryn Kamae

Pete McCormick
1. Kayla Scott
2. Cheyenne Clark
3. Tanner Hudman
4. Hayley Bendel
5. Charles Clark
6. Leila Bulis
7. Hunter Chamberlain
8. Kim Platt
9. Lilliana Garcia
10. Sergio Lira
11. Gerald St. Pierre
12. Austin Pace
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021
David M Player Center for the Arts 6:30pm

(streaming on 6:30pm the following day.)
2008 Winner-Adam Crohn
2012 Winner-Ethan McBride
2018 Winner-Pete McCormick

Adam Crohn

1. Kestin Finch
2. Ted Henry
3. Evan Garcia
4. Elizabeth Weston
5. Maria Clark
6. Garet Morris
7. Dennis Carr
8. Clara Bradley
9. Debby Cerda
10. Alicia Brown
11. Tyler Linford
12. Amanda Merchant
Monday, Mar 1, 2021
David M Player Center for the Arts 6:30pm

(streaming on 6:30pm the following day.)
2008 Winner-Adam Crohn
2012 Winner-Ethan McBride
2016 Idol Winner-Brianna Morris

Ethan McBride
1. Jessica Guiterrez
2. James Wright
3. Marcos Maldenado
4. Tyler Linford
5. Bethany Dixson
6. Phyllicia Ruiz
7. Lauren Montierth
8. Jonah Kamae
9. Becky Clark
10. Savannah Clonts
11. Kevin McBride
12. Steven Dowdle
13. Andy Davis
Wednesday, Mar 3, 2021
David M Player Center for the Arts 6:30pm

(streaming on 6:30pm the following day.)
2008 Winner-Adam Crohn
2017 Winner- Darryn Kamae
2018 Winner-Pete McCormick

1. Taylor Thygerson
2. Chaleese Webb
3. Kieri Jones
4. Jeremy Gonzales
5. Kenny Bozwell
6. Kalen Michelle
7. Lacey Bryce
8. Bobby Sams
9. Tanner Hudman
10. Jay Pethel
11. Timothy Fox
12. Nathanael Rector
13. Canon White
14. Bethany Dixson
Wednesday, Mar 10, 2021
David M Player Center for the Arts 6:30pm

(streaming on 6:30pm the following day.)



In order to compete, you must sign a form that gives us permission to use photos and audio/video recordings of you in any way we want. This includes playing them on the radio, showing them on Valley Telecom’s pages and posting online (to our web site, YouTube, etc.). And remember, the internet is forever.

What happens at the preliminaries?
Contestants at the preliminaries will sing one song of their choosing in front of the judges, other contestants and the audience.

  • Your song will be sung a cappella (without any instruments, backup music, etc.) Just you and a microphone!
  • Your song should be memorized. If you’re busy worrying about the words, you can’t concentrate on the performance.
  • Try to limit yourself to 60 – 90 seconds. One verse and a chorus should be more than enough for the judges to tell what your talents are.
  • Song choice: We strongly suggest that you choose a song with which the judges are most likely familiar.
  • Look the part: Dressing up is not required, but is appreciated. It is an excellent way to show the judges that this event was worth the effort to you! Look your best; sound your best.
  • The judges will critique your performance right after you finish. When all the contestants have sung, the judges will make a decision about who and how many will go on to the finals. Guaranteed winners every night!
  • Judges will select 3 finalists from each preliminary to compete in the final competition.
  • One or more contestants at each preliminary will be selected to compete in the callback night. One contestant will be selected at callback night to compete in the final.
  • The judges may pick any number of alternates at each preliminary. After all the preliminaries are over, you will vote for your favorite alternate right here on, and the winner will also compete in the finals.

What happens at the finals?
Contestants who qualify in the preliminaries will compete in the finals, which will be held at the David M. Player Center for the Arts on March 27, 2020.

  • Finals contestants will sing with a backup track of their choosing.
  • There will be one practice event a few days prior to the finals so contestants can familiarize themselves with the stage and the sound system.
  • Cash and other prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners.
  • The winners may also be invited to perform at other events sponsored by Double R Communications throughout the following year.
  • In the event that a qualifying contestant is not able to compete in the finals, an alternate from the preliminaries may be selected to fill the spot.
  • The decision of the judges is final!