Yongsan's got talent, rising stars
October 24, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - The U.S Army's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation organized Operation Rising Star to give Servicemembers, Families and Civilians the opportunity to showcase their singing talents. On U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, the regional audition was held here, Oct. 19.
Operation Rising Star, which follows the basic format of popular audition shows such as "American Idol," allows Servicemembers to show their musical talent and compete for a chance to pursue their dreams of becoming a recording artist.
This year, 10 contestants vied for the top spot, and their friends and family members filled the audition room, cheering and supporting them on. Contestants responded with great music, covering all genres from country to pop. Singers did their best to charm the judges and crowd with songs of their choice.
"This truly is a great event," said Joanne Love, special events coordinator at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan's FMWR. "It has been the 9th year that Operation Rising Star has been performed, and every year it gets better and better."
Love explained that the event was a chance for not only Servicemembers living on USAG Yongsan, but all of Korea to pursue their dreams.
"Tonight, we actually have contestants, who came from Red Cloud and Osan," Love said. "It is a great opportunity to showcase all their talents."
After each song, the four judges shared their thoughts on the performances given by the contestants. The winners of the contest were chosen by combining the evaluations of these judges and the ballot votes given by the audience members.
Staff Sgt. John Andelfinger, 51st Security Forces Squadron at Osan Airbase, sang 'Always' by Bon Jovi and won first place. Second place was won by Spec. Joshua Shelby, and third place by Carel Coleman.
"It is awesome. It is amazing that I pulled it off," Andelfinger said. "I want to thank everybody for the votes. There is always room for improvement, so I will practice more and hopefully do better if I get to participate in the Army-wide final."
Andelfinger and other finalists in the regional auditions were given $500 as a prize and the chance to advance to the next round in an Army-wide final, which will be broadcast on the Pentagon Channel.