Operation Rising Star Winner Melissa Gomez
2010 Operation Rising Star winner Melissa Gomez of Fort Bragg, N.C., performs during the reveal show Nov. 19 at Wallace Theater on Fort Belvoir, Va. (U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps, IMCOM Public Affairs)

SAN ANTONIO - The final competitions for Operation Rising Star--the military's equivalent of American Idol--will be broadcast on the Pentagon Channel and streamed online at www.OpRisingStar.com beginning Dec. 11.

The event, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will be aired three times each day on Dec. 11, 13, 15 and 17: once each at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard, Korea Standard and Central European time zones. Viewers can vote for their favorite rising star after each of the first three broadcasts.

"I have been fortunate enough to judge this competition, and every year it gets better and better," said 12th Sgt. Major of the Army (Ret.) Jack Tilley. "With the deployment and stress on the military, I think it's important to get family members involved in the contest and showcase their talents. I'm always amazed at the quality of the performances we see."

Military personnel from all branches and family members sang their way into the finals at local competitions, hosted by installations around the world. Twelve of the installation winners will compete at the finals, representing some of the best vocal talent in the Armed Forces. Biographies and performance videos of all contestants are online now.

The winner receives an all-expenses-paid recording package in Los Angeles, Calif., valued at over $18,000, courtesy of EMI Music--owner of Capitol Records, Virgin Records, Blue Note, Manhattan Records and Chordant.

Special musical guests from EMI Capitol Music Group are scheduled to participate in each night's show. Virgin Records artists Adelitas Way will perform Dec. 13 and and Capitol/IRS Records artist Foxy Shazam will perform Dec. 15.

Guest judges are: Tilley, who is appearing as a judge for his seventh season; Michael Peterson, country music star and Debra Byrd, vocal coach and arranger for American Idol, who aer both appearing for their 5th season; and Simone, a Broadway actress and singer who has released two solo albums: Simone Superstar and Simone on Simone

Byrd will spend the week before the competition coaching the contestants, but will only be able to be able to judge the opening show before returning to Calif. to film "Hollywood Week" for American Idol.

For more information, visit www.OpRisingStar.com.

RISING STAR FINALISTS (in random order):

Cpl. Robert Fuller, Naval Support Activity, Washington, D.C.
Ms. Kristi Menyfield, U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern; Germany
Ms. Kristine May Hills, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, Korea
Staff Sgt. Kelli Rankin, U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, Korea
Sgt. Melissa Neal, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, Germany
Ms. Jane Lewis, U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder, Germany
First Lt. Eboni Sherrer, Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo
Pvt. First Class Rachel Heideman, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud, Korea
Sgt. Jon Whittle, Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri
Ms. Tamara Stinson, U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, Germany
Air Force Staff Sgt. Octavia Nickle, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas
Ms. Varinia Herrera, Fort Carson, Colorado


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Sun., Dec. 11: Twelve finalists compete in front of a live audience. Debra Byrd from American Idol guest judges. A Fine Frenzy from Virgin Records perfoms. Show airs 8 p.m. Eastern, Korean Standard, and European Central time. Viewers vote for their favorite competitor online at www.OpRisingStar.com.

Tues., Dec. 13: Six contestants are eliminated. The top six finalists compete in front of a live audience. Simone takes Debra Byrd's seat as a judge. Adelitas Way from Virgin Records performs. Show airs 8 p.m. Eastern, Korean Standard, and European Central time. Viewers vote for their favorite competitor online at www.OpRisingStar.com.

Thurs., Dec. 15: Three contestants are eliminated. The top three finalists compete in front of a live audience. Foxy Shazam from Capitol Records will perform. Show airs 8 p.m. Eastern, Korean Standard, and European Central time. Viewers vote for their favorite competitor online at www.OpRisingStar.com.

Sat., Dec. 17: Two contestants are eliminated and the 2010 Rising Star is crowned in front of a live audience. Finale airs at 8 p.m. Eastern, Korean Standard, and European Central time, revealing the 2012 Rising Star.


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