Morenci sending Campbell, Chamberlain, Selby to Gila Idol Finals

Finalists for 2024 Gila Idol, selected at the preliminary at the Morenci Club on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, were, from left, Mariah Selby, Bella Campbell and Hunter Chamberlain. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

MORENCI— Add two more veterans to the list of singers who will perform at the 2024 Gila Idol Finals.

During Thursday’s preliminary at the Morenci Club, the judges selected Hunter Chamberlain, Bella Campbell and Mariah Selby to sing at the 19th annual Gila Idol Finals March 28 at the David M. Player Center for the Arts.

Chamberlain, who sang “Space and Time,” said he couldn’t wait to sing again after making the Finals last year.

“I will say that this competition is something I get ready for, for an entire year. I wait all year long for it to come along and I get so excited when it does,” Chamberlain said.

Hunter Chamberlain is heading to the Gila Idol Finals for the second consecutive year, following his performance of “Space and Time” at the Morenci Club on Thursday.
– David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

Campbell will be singing in her third straight Gila Idol Finals, following her performance of “Como La Flor.”

“For Finals I’m going to try and do something that’s in my wheelhouse, but also I want to try and explore other . . . not other genres, but another type of signing style, I guess. I want to try belting,” Campbell said.

Morenci’s Bella Campbell will make her third straight Gila Idol Finals appearance after wowing the judges with her rendition of “Como La Flor” on Thursday.
– David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

Selby, who sang “Independence Day,” will be making her first Finals appearance.

“It feels great. I had such a blast up there; I always have a blast when I do these. I’ve only done it one other time, but it was great and I’m so excited to see what the other singers have,” Selby said.

In only her second try at Gila Idol, Mariah Selby qualified for the finals with her performance of “Independence Day” Thursday at the Morenci Club.
– David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

Three singers will get another chance at making the Finals, when they perform at call-back night at Trekasges Hall at the David M. Player Center for the Arts on March 14. They are Marlee Redford, who sang “Valerie”; Blanca Macario, who sang “Grenade”; and Kristin Brune, who sang “Always Remember Us This Way.”

Judges at Thursday’s 2024 Gila Idol Preliminary selected, from left, Marlee Redford, Blanca Macario and Kristin Brune to sing one more time at call-back night, March 14.
– David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

The judges also selected one alternate, Becky Clark, who sang “Unchained Melody.” An alternate will be selected at each preliminary and, in the week before the finals, the public will vote on the performances on The top vote-getter will become a finalist.

After singing “Unchained Melody,” Becky Clark was selected to be Thursday’s alternate at the 2024 Gila Idol preliminary at the Morenci Club.
– David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

Judges were 2009 Gila Idol winner Theresa Campbell, who opened the night with a performance, 2014 winner Olivia Jeffs, who also performed, and 2023 winner Zaylie Windsor.

All of Thursday’s performances can be viewed on the Gila Idol 2024 page at Gila Valley Central.

The next preliminary will take place Thursday, Feb. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Manor 415 Event Center in Safford.

Sponsors for 2024 Gila Idol include Valley Telecom Group; Richard’s Music Co.; Trophies ‘N Tees; Freeport-McMoRan; Mack’s NAPA Auto Parts; the Double R Bar and Grill; Valley Furniture and Appliance; Tyson Richins — Edward Jones Investments; the Graham County Chamber of Commerce; OneAZ Credit Union; Manor 415 Event Center; The Venue & Vignette on Main; Valley Vision; and the Double R Communications family of radio stations, Kat Kountry 94.5 FM, Sunny 102.3 FM and KATO 1230 AM.